“30 Years of Loveparade“ – first special exhibition about the Berlin Loveparade

Berlin, June 18, 2019 - nineties berlin, the multimedia exhibition about the '90s in Berlin, opens the new special exhibition “30 Years of Loveparade“ on July 1, 2019. For the 30th anniversary of the mass phenomenon, the inventor of the Loveparade Dr. Motte gives personal insights into the extraordinary history of the Berlin parades in cooperation with the nineties berlin curator Michael Geithner. The curators show that the idea of ​​uniting all people in diversity with electronic music is still present in Berlin today. The special exhibition will be part of the permanent exhibition nineties berlin until December 31, 2019.

On July 1, 1989, a group of 150 people danced to Acid House on West Berlin's Kurfürstendamm. The Loveparade was born and the number of participants reached its peak in 1999: “At the first Loveparade we did what we wanted to do. We danced to electronic music for a better world. That's why 1.5 million people came together in Berlin 10 years later. I think we shaped a special time and generation with it,“ says Dr. Motte. Over the years, however, the problems had grown. In 2001, the event was denied status as a demonstration and its funding became increasingly difficult. Finally, the rights to the brand “Loveparade“ were sold.

The curator Michael Geithner says: “Much has been written, said and decided about the Loveparade. But until today there is still controversy about how (un-)political hundreds of thousands of people dancing peacefully on the streets can be“.

As part of the Long Night of Museums on August 31, 2019, nineties berlin dedicates the entire program to the Loveparade. In addition to curator tours through the special exhibition, visitors can create their own Loveparade shirt with DruckbarWedding and take a souvenir photo with Dr. Motte himself. The well-known photographer Alfred Steffen presents his portraits of Loveparade participants from 1996 in an exclusive photo exhibition on the panoramic screen. A special highlight: Dr. Motte will play a DJ set in the exhibition this evening.

The facts:

  • Title: 30 years of Loveparade
  • Duration: July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
  • Venue: special exhibition space at nineties berlin, Ate Münze, molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin
  • Curators: Michael Geithner and Dr. Motte
  • Admission: included in the ticket to the permanent exhibition nineties berlin (8.90 euros, 6 euros reduced)
  • Installations: video column with Dr. Motte interview, photo and video installation with original recordings from 1989 to 2003, blacklight tunnel, original objects, videos and memorabilia, “Dr. Motte’s desk“ with mixing console, computer and many other objects to discover, projection with Alfred Steffen’s portraits of Loveparade participants 1996
  • Information texts: over 60 texts in German and English in the Guide Bot (digital exhibition guide)


if you wish to talk to the curators please send a message to presse@nineties.berlin or call 0049 30 847 12 37 47 (Vanessa Jasmin Lemke, Press and Public Relations)