Photos from Berlin's techno street party, Rave The Planet

A demonstration calling for protection of nightlife venues turned into a full on party.

by Julika Reese
27 July 2022, 2:16pm

This story originally ran on i-D Germany.

A little over a week ago, the streets of Berlin played host to a giant rave for an estimated 200,000 people. Attracting around ten times more than originally signed up to attend, the demonstration called for the protection of nightlife venues along with a number of other demands. The event was organised by Rave The Planet, a local non-profit organisation made up of artists, party people and music industry professionals led by German electronic music pioneer, Dr Motte.

“Our vision is for techno to be officially recognised as a cultural form,” their website states. “Berlin’s techno culture, with its special features and characteristics should be protected by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.” If considered an appropriate addition to the list, techno would sit alongside Jamaica's reggae music, Spain's flamenco dance and Japan's Kabuki theatre.

Their hope is that with this recognition, clubs and other venues will be saved from closure and cultural creators will be supported, allowing Berlin’s nightlife to be preserved and developed further. Something of a precursor to the Pride parade that took over the German capital this past weekend, the event saw a caravan of 18 sound systems crawl through the city centre until they reached their destination, where attendees danced around the Tiergarten’s Victory Column in the rain. 

As you might expect with such a huge crowd, the euphoria was palpable. Photographer Spyros Rennt captured the mood for us.

a tattooed goth couple with colourful hair walk together holding beers
a glam blonde woman in a pink cut-out dress poses
a techno goth with a mullet looks to camera
two people wearing oversized leather jackets stand together talking
a man with a large dragon tattoo on his back raises his hands above his head
a young topless man stands in the sunlight, his puma boxers showing
a skinny man holding a beer stands looking to camera, his shirt open
two men in white T-shirts kiss
a couple wearing 90s goth looks walk down the street
a group of young goths gather by a bush
a tatooed man with a hair chest and a beard smiles to the camera
two guys in bdsm gear smile for the camer a
a man in colourful underwar and jewellery drinks from a bottle of wine
two young guys stand on the roof of some portaloos

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All photography courtesy of Spyros Rennt