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German DJ wants to revive Loveparade techno festival

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Via Deutsche Welle

German DJ Dr. Motte said Monday that he wants to revive the Loveparade techno festival after a decade-long hiatus.

He told reporters in the German capital on Monday that he and his team want to collect donations — which he dubbed “fundraving” — through his non-profit limited company “Rave the Planet” to get a read on whether there is a desire to reboot the techno rave.

For years, many have asked me when the Loveparade will return,” Dr. Motte said. “The longing seems enormous.”

German DJ Dr. Motte (Petrov Ahner)

Berlin-born techno DJ Dr. Motte

The Berlin-born disk jockey, whose real name is Matthias Roeingh, founded the Love Parade festival in 1989 as a political demonstration for peace through music. Around 150 techno fans took to the streets of Berlin and danced under the motto “Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen” (literally: “Peace, Love, Pancakes”), which roughly translates as “all is well.” 

Dr. Motte disassociated himself with the hugely popular festival in 2006 because of the commercialization of the event. In 1999, around 1,5 million people attended the festival.

The parade has not taken place since 2010, when a crush at an event in Duisburg killed 21 people and left 500 injured. After the event, Dr. Motte wrote in an editorial in the weekly newspaper Die Zeit: “The Loveparade is over, it can’t exist anymore after Duisburg.”

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But the now-59-year-old DJ wants to bring back the festival as part of an effort to revitalize the the preservation of techno culture.

He and his techno comrades have also campaigned to have electronic dance music protected by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural organization. The application is to be submitted this year.

dv/ng (AFP, dpa)

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