IN PICTURES: Thousands celebrate Berlin techno music festival

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AFP/The Local - [email protected] • 10 Jul, 2022 Updated Sun 10 Jul 2022 11:01 CEST
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Participants celebrate during the "Rave the Planet" techno music parade on July 9, 2022 in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Thousands of revellers hit Berlin's streets on Saturday for a techno music celebration created by the DJ who once made the German capital Europe's hub for the genre.

Organisers of "Rave the Planet" expected around 25,000 people for the dance and music parade, which started in rainy conditions at the Ku'damm thoroughfare.

The march was initiated by famous DJ Dr Motte, whose "Love Parade" festival played an instrumental role in creating Berlin's reputation as Europe's techno music capital after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

DJ Dr Motte

Dr Motte, inventor of the Love Parade music festival, celebrates during the "Rave the Planet" techno music parade on July 9, 2022 in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

In the evening, police spoke of the number of participants being in the "low hundreds of thousands" while at the end of the parade, Dr Motte himself said 300,000 people took part, regional channel RBB reported

Participants celebrate on a truck during the Rave the Planet techno music parade in Berlin on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

The event, postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, covered seven kilometres (four miles) and crossed west Berlin before finishing at the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park, one of the city's major landmarks.

In 1989, Dr Motte created the Love Parade, which became a globally recognised event in the following years, and kicked off proceedings on Saturday.

Participants celebrate in the streets during the "Rave the Planet" techno music parade on July 9, 2022 in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

The DJ, 62, denounced the Love Parade's commercialisation, called for a universal basic income for artists and asked for Berlin's techno culture to be added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage list, according to regional
channel RBB.

Participants pass the capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate during the Rave the Planet techno music parade in Berlin on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

The Love Parade reached its peak in 1999 when 1.5 million party-goers, many wearing costumes, gathered behind vehicles blaring out loud techno music.

Participants celebrate as they pass the capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate during the Rave the Planet techno music parade in Berlin on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

The festival moved from Berlin to the ex-industrial Ruhr region, where it lost some of its lustre before a deadly incident in 2010 that shocked Germany.

Participants celebrate as they pass the capital's landmark Brandenburg Gate on a truck during the Rave the Planet techno music parade in Berlin on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

On 24 July that year, 21 people died in a stampede when panic broke out in a narrow tunnel that served as the only entrance and exit to the event. More than 650 people were also injured.

A woman dances under the rain as she takes part in the "Rave the Planet" techno music parade on July 9, 2022 in Berlin. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

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