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Campaigners want Berlin’s techno scene to be protected by Unesco world heritage status

An estimated 100 nightclubs have shut in Berlin in the last decade

  • Becky Buckle
  • 8 December 2021
Campaigners want Berlin’s techno scene to be protected by Unesco world heritage status

A collective of people from DJs, festival organisers and fans are campaigning to secure Unesco world heritage status for Berlin’s techno scene with fears that the culture won’t survive.

The organisation, Rave The Planet is lobbying German authorities to apply for intangible cultural heritage (ICH) status.

Created by Matthias Roeingh aka Dr Motte, the DJ who founded Love Parade, Rave The Planet aims to get techno officially recognised as a cultural form protected by UNESCO.

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As Sky News have reported, it is estimated that 100 clubs in Berlin have closed in the last decade.

Due to a change in COVID restrictions, Berlin will no longer permit dancing inside clubs from December 8 and nightclubs in areas with 350 COVID cases per 100,000 must close to prevent the spread of the virus.

Unesco have already granted ICH status to Slovakian bagpipe culture, Irish harping and Tibetan opera with reggae only making the list in 2018.

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Detroit DJ based in Berlin, Alan Oldham told The Observer: “Unesco protection would go a long way towards maintaining that old spirit,

“Legacy venues like Tresor and Berghain for example would be protected as cultural landmarks.

“So many venues have closed in just the seven years I’ve lived here full-time. In other cities, it would be the natural club cycle at work, but Berlin is a different kind of place, where the club and creative scenes are the currency of the city.”

Becky Buckle is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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