The Evening of 9 November

The Evening of 9 November

Stage Show and Musical Extravaganza at the Brandenburg Gate

The evening

The festival week culminated on 9th November with a stage show and musical extravaganza at the Brandenburg Gate – the symbol of Germany’s division – which became a symbol of freedom thirty years ago when hundreds of thousands of people raised their voices in protest. Over its two hour duration, this spectacle recounted the events of the Peaceful Revolution through musical, dramatic and light art performances, complemented by the voices of inspiring figures from then and now.

Bearing 30,000 messages from 30,000 people, the eye-catching “Visions in Motion” installation floated above the audience throughout the show. This visual highlight and the hopes and wishes expressed in the messages were an important point of reference on this evening.

The stage show culminated in an after-show party hosted by WestBam that launched the European Club Night, which was celebrated in 27 clubs in Berlin and 27 clubs across Europe.

The Event


Banda Internationale

6:00 pm

Hosted by Anna Loos and Jochen Breyer

Dirk Michaelis

Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin
Michael Müller

Die Zöllner

Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Marianne Birthler


Jutta Seidel und Michael Heinisch-Kirch
contemporary witnesses in an interview with Peter Frey

Staatskapelle Berlin:
5. Sinfonie von Ludwig van Beethoven
conducted by Daniel Barenboim

„Heroes“ presented by Jennifer Kothe
Play „Friedliche Revolution“
Zugezogen Maskulin
interactive Dance performance
Anna Loos
Live production „Deutschand feiert“
Laser harp performance and Laser dance choreographie

Finale and Fireworks

8:15 pm

Westbam and No Shade present
Kikelomo & special guest S Ruston
with visuals by Bad Juju

The stage show is an intermedia spectacle developed by the Berlin-based artist collective phase7 performing.arts, directed by Sven Sören Beyer, commissioned by and in cooperation with Kulturprojekte Berlin in a media partnership with ZDF.

Entry to the event grounds and the event itself are free of charge.

The Musicians

Anna Loos

Anna Loos has her own personal story of flight from the GDR. As one of the most well-known actors and singers to emerge from the country, she grew up in Brandenburg an der Havel, before fleeing to the Federal Republic of Germany via Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Austria in 1988, aged seventeen. Loos took singing lessons from a young age and performed with various bands. In 2005 she took up the mantle of Tamara Danz as the singer of one of the GDR’s most popular music acts, East Berlin rockers Silly. Anna Loos released her first solo album – “Werkzeugkasten” – in March 2019, from which she will sang “Mut von Helden” (“Courage of Heroes”) and “Ich will dass du weißt” (“I want you to know”) at the Brandenburg Gate.

Banda Internationale

Banda Internationale is a collective of refugee and non-refugee musicians and an off-shoot of Dresden’s activist brass band Banda Communale. They are united by their desire to change political and social landscapes in Saxony and especially in Dresden. They believe that prejudices should be dismantled and replaced with bridges between cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Through their music, the band is working to help integration succeed and a more open Saxony to emerge.

Die Zöllner

The East Berlin band of singer, lyricist and composer Dirk Zöllner has been a regular fixture on the German music scene in various constellations since the mid-1980s. Die Zöllner first performed as a big band in 1988, when they opened for James Brown in Berlin Weißensee to an audience of 70,000 spectators. Their song “Viel zu weit” (“Much too far”), which was performed at the stage show, was penned in the same year. Decades later, Die Zöllner are still making waves in the German music scene with their soulful ballads and funky jazz.

Dirk Michaelis

Born in Chemnitz, singer and composer Dirk Michaelis and his band Karusell performed one of the GDR’s most iconic rock songs “Als ich fortging” (“When I left”), which he composed in his youth. The song’s moving lyrics were written by Gisela Steineckert. In the summer and autumn of 1989, the song was taken up as the anthem of refugees leaving the GDR thanks to its poignant lyrics, which included the line “Nichts ist unendlich, so sieh das doch ein” (“Nothing is infinite, so let me go”). On 9 November 2019, he performed “Als ich fortging” on the piano.


Kikelomo is a London born, Berlin based DJ and Radio Presenter. She is actively pushing diversity and inclusion in the music industry. Her high energy sets are packed full of everything from grime, garage, techno and hip hop to funky house and bass. She was the opener for the internationally renowned CTM Festival with her set in Berlin’s prestigious Berghain/Panorama Bar.

She took part in the After Show and is a member of the initiative “No Shade”, a club night series and DJ training program for female, trans and non-binary DJs based in Berlin.

S Ruston

S Ruston started as a DJ in the music scene of Bristol in the UK about 15 years ago and hosted secret parties in London further on. She played several DJ sets at large festivals as Glastonbury and SXSW. Based in Berlin since 2010, she has been making a name for herself on the city’s queer party scene. S Ruston is a resident DJ at Wilde Renate and an active member of the female musician and DJane scene of the city.

She took part in the After Show and is a member of the initiative “No Shade”, a club night series and DJ training program for female, trans and non-binary DJs based in Berlin.

Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

On 9 November 2019 one of the world’s best-known and most renowned orchestras performed at the Brandenburg Gate – the resident orchestra of the Berlin State Opera, Staatskapelle Berlin, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Accompanied by historical images and film footage, the performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on this evening was an invitation to reflect on the history of the Wall – from its construction to the years of division and its fall in 1989.


Trettmann’s track “Grauer Beton” (“Grey Concrete”) reflects on his youth in the FritzHeckert housing estate in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), the second largest in East Germany. With its stark lyrics, the song is a declaration of both love and hate for a lost home, an anthem to monotony, longing, and the artist’s upbringing in the GDR. In “Stolpersteine”, Trettmann reflects on artist Gunter Demnig’s project of the same name, evoking the memory of the victims of Nazism in a commentary on the strengthening of right-wing movements across Europe.


Born Maximilian Lenz, WestBam is one of the most important DJs and electronic musicians in Germany and made a considerable contribution to the success of the Loveparade. Defining the sound of Berlin’s techno and electro scene in the early 1990s, WestBam co-founded “Mayday”, Germany’s largest indoor rave, which was first held in Berlin on 14 December 1991, with the support of the former East German radio station DT64. WestBam’s music was the sound of the wild reunited Berlin of the 1990s, with its countless techno clubs, and it still is today.

Zugezogen Maskulin

Berliners-by-choice grim104 and Testo founded Zugezogen Maskulin in 2010. Courageous, outspoken, and intelligent, the trailblazing rap duo are not afraid to take a stand on contemporary issues such as xenophobia, homophobia and refugee policy. Following the outbreak of racist violence in Chemnitz in 2018, the duo joined numerous other artists to perform at the #wirbleibenmehr concert against far-right extremism.


Play “Friedliche Revolution”

“Friedliche Revolution” revolves around a group of seekers through the ages: From the stormy autumn to the deadlock in winter, the dawn in spring to summer. If you listen carefully, you will discover how these soliloquy conversations spread to an open discussion about the hope for the removal of all walls for all people. Gustav Rueb stages the text by Patrick Schneider with a multilingual ten-part ensemble from Berlin.

Real time Technology Dance Performance

Many of today’s major challenges can only be solved globally. To live a life of freedom and peace and to protect our environment, it is all about meeting these challenges together. phase7 reflects this idea in emotional imagery using a motion-tracking system that combines high technology and contemporary dance. The video dome at the Brandenburg Gate became a globe that interacted with the movements of the dancers.

Laser harp performance „We celebrate – 30 Years of Freedom”

Laser harp meets electronic beats, choreographed light and expressive dance. In the laser harp performance, phase7 combined electronic beats, choreographed light and expressive dance under the motto “Everything is connected”. The central element of the show was formed by two laser harps, accompanied by a light dance choreography that took up the entire stage space and introduced Westbam, who celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall together with the visitors in front of the Brandenburg Gate with his song “Way up”.

Bad Juju

Bad Juju is a Polish born, Berlin based visual artist, art director and VJane. She is striving for diversity and inclusion in the music industry. For the collective club nights, she creates colourful live visuals, most recently for a showcase in the renowned C/O Berlin, as part of the exhibition “No Photos on the Dancefloor”. She draws inspiration from video games aesthetics, virtual reality and cartoons.

She took part in the After Show and is a member of the initiative “No Shade”, a club night series and DJ training program for female, trans and non-binary DJs based in Berlin.

Contemporary witnesses

Jutta Seidel

Jutta Seidel was a co-initiator of the New Forum (Neues Forum) and, together with Bärbel Bohley, submitted the official application to register this new political movement in the GDR. She was born in Brandenburg in 1950 and first engaged in civil society activism in 1982 as a co-founder of the independent network “Women for Peace” (Frauen für den Frieden). She played an important role in the events of the Peaceful Revolution, not least of all as a co-initiator of the largest protest rally in the history of the GDR, which was held on 4 November 1989 on Alexanderplatz. Following this, Seidel continued her political work as a member of the East German Round Table (Zentraler Runder Tisch) and its working group on security.

Michael Heinisch-Kirch

Michael Heinisch-Kirch is a Protestant deacon and was a civil rights activist in the GDR. Born in 1964 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Heinisch-Kirch was an active member of the East German peace movement from 1980 onwards. He soon came to the attention of the Stasi and was subjected to various repressive measures. From 1987 onwards, he was active in citizen-led initiatives in East Berlin, including the pacifist “Freundeskreis Wehrdiensttotalverweigerer” (Circle of Conscientious Objectors). In 1989 he helped to establish sanctuaries in church buildings. Michael Heinisch-Kirch has worked in community outreach and social development programmes in the parish of Berlin-Lichtenberg since 1989, where he has contributed to the development of projects for disadvantaged youth. In 2004 he became a member of the Greens (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen).

The director and his team

Sven Sören Beyer

Sven Sören Beyer was raised in Dresden and studied at the Palucca School-College of Dance Dresden and Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art Berlin. His crossmedia aesthetics, fascination for high-end technical innovations and interdisciplinary approach have defined his work, which focuses on the intersection of humanity and technology and the interplay of reality and virtuality.


phase7 performing.arts is an interdisciplinary network of artists based in Berlin and was founded by choreographer and media artist Sven Sören Beyer in 1997. phase7 creates captivating productions that blend the classical performing arts with cutting-edge media and technological innovation. Working with software specialists, media artists, composers and designers, phase7 has created interactive media installations, video dance performances and digital operas. Work created by phase7 has been shown at the Hong Kong New Visions Festival, Shanghai Arts Festival and Bergen International Festival. The scale of productions developed by phase7 ranges from independent artworks to major commissioned productions for audiences numbering in the thousands. Previous commissions in the fields of culture and politics include the opening ceremonies of two European Capitals of Culture (Umeå in Sweden, 2014; and Plovdiv in Bulgaria, 2019) as well as productions for celebrations around the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate (2014) and the 25th anniversary of the Day of German Unity (2015) in Frankfurt. To find out more, please visit:



Barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible areas could be accessed via the two entrances on Ebertstraße, the entrance on Straße des 17. Juni via Große Querallee and from Yitzhak-Rabin-Straße.

Travel Info

We recommend that visitors use public transportation services to access this event via Hauptbahnhof, Potsdamer Platz or S-Bahnhof Tiergarten. Cyclists are kindly asked to park their bicycles at a distance to the event grounds. We recommend that you do not travel to this event by car.

Brandenburg Gate
Platz des 18. März, 10117 Berlin
S+U Brandenburger Tor
S-Bahn: S1, S2, S25, S26
U-Bahn: U55 (also U Bundestag)
Bus: 100, 245

S+U Potsdamer Platz
S-Bahn: S1, S2, S25, S2
U-Bahn: U2
Regional rail lines: RB10, RE2, RE3, RE4, RE5

S-Bahn: S5, S7, S75
Bus: TXL, M 41, M 85, 120, 123, 147, 240, 245
U-Bahn: U55
TRAM: M5, M8, M10

Site rules

To provide a safer environment: alcoholic beverages and liquids with a volume of more than half a litre were not permitted at this event. In addition, only bags no larger than A4 were allowed. A baggage claim was not available. To see all our safety instructions, please see the event regulations.

First Aid

First responders were on site. For more information, you could see site maps, signage or speak with support staff at the venue.

Please note: For security purposes, this venue was under video surveillance. By entering the venue you gave your irrevocable consent to the use of this data for information and documentation purposes.