Second Europe: The Fall of the Berlin Wall in Svilara

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The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 united again the East and West Germany, two parts that politically, economically and socially functioned completely separated for 40 years. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and Svilara will present the ‘Everything was Different Before’ exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the Svilara Cultural Station from 8 until 22 November.
The exhibition consists of the photographs by Harald Hauswald and Maurice Weiss, who captured the scenes from everyday life in East Germany in the ‘80s and the moments of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.
The exhibition will be opened from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and the entrance is free.
The exhibition is part of the ‘Second Europe’ programme arch, which will, during two months, until 15 December, present different, hidden, minority, brave and challenging culture and art through diverse programmes such as ‘Synergy’ Theatre Festival of Language Minorities, minority media, programmes created by ‘Superpower’ people with disabilities, performances of emerging bands from European Capitals of Culture, media art from the female perspective, ‘Cinema Now’ film art, etc.
Two German states, East and West, were formed in 1949 and separated in 1961. The wall did not only separate Germany and its citizens, but it also represented the division of the world during the Cold War. East Germany, in relations with the USSR, soon takes over a one-party socialist regime that ideologically infiltrates its people, controls them through the media, educational institutions, mass organisations and forbids them from crossing the border to West Germany.

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