25 Years of German Unity

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Frankfurt from the observation deck on Main Tower

Frankfurt from the observation deck on Main Tower

This year’s commemoration of the Day of German Unity – the 25th anniversary – will be held in Frankfurt from the 2nd to the 4th  of October. Taking place throughout downtown Frankfurt, this three-day festival will stretch from the banks of the River Main across St Paul’s Square to the Zeil pedestrian promenade. The festival’s centrepiece will no doubt be the so-called “country mile”, set up on both sides of the river. Here, Germany’s 16 federal states will be showcasing themselves to the to laud their region and attract more visitors.

Music will be at the centre of attention at the Frankfurt stage, situated at the Hauptwache and include world music, jazz, rock, pop and techno as well as various forms of artistry. In Opera Square there will be live performances by artists such as the entertainer Roger Cicero, the rapper Cro, and singers Sarah Connor and Rea Garvey.

There’ll also be plenty of events, concerts, special activities and exhibitions taking place away from the festival’s main stages, all dedicated to Germany’s reunification.

From the 28th September onwards, visitors will have the chance to participate in a unique light and sound show set before Frankfurt’s skyline which will start each evening at 9pm. Called “Crossing Borders“ (“Grenzen überwinden”), this show will feature 23 symbolic bridges spanning the River Main, reminding not only of the formerly divided Germany but also celebrating the future.

Throughout Frankfurt on show at various buildings will be large-scale photographs by Barbara Klemm highlighting notable moments in the history of the two Germanys. Information columns dating from 1990 to 2015 have been erected in various plazas and squares throughout Frankfurt and the region, each of these two-and-a-half-metre pillars describes significant political, social and cultural events of a particular year. But the main pillar will be at St Paul’s Square in Frankfurt.

At the museums, the Städel will be presenting the works of 27 German artists in a special exhibition entitled “The 80s. Figurative Painting in West Germany”. It has some 100 works created by artists such as Ina Barfuss, Werner Büttner and Albert Oehlen, to name just a few. At the Eintracht Museum it will be concentrating on 15 East German athletes who escaped to West Germany.

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