Saturday evening held some impressive moments for the people in Berlin and an event that is seldom to experience. On August 28 at 8pm a helicopter circulated above Lustgarten square in the middle of Berlin and dropped tens of thousands of poems by poets from Chile and Germany. This event took place during the long night of museums in Berlin with a focus on Bicentenario this year.
The falling poetry pieces in the evening sky and all the people trying to catch them created a great and very special atmosphere with the helicopter circulating for about half an hour. We heard people discussing the best ways to catch the poems, others starting a competition on who collected more… we experienced people who were absolutely eager for poetry. All photos: © Cara
At 8 pm on Saturday 28 August 2010 a shower of poetic rain will fall on the Berlin Lustgarten. A helicopter will circle over the Museum Island and for around half an hour will let 100,000 bookmarks with poems by 80 poets from Germany and Chile flutter down on the square between the Berlin Dom, the Zeughaus and the Old Museum. They will include poems by lyrikline poets Ann Cotten, Karin Fellner, Nora Gomringer, Andrea Heuser, Orsolya Kalász, Björn Kuhligk, Marion Poschmann, Arne Rautenberg, Monika Rinck, Hendrik Rost, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Tom Schulz, Thien Tran, Anja Utler, Jan Wagner, Ron Winkler and Uljana Wolf.
This spectacular action is part of the Long Night of Museums and, in the two-hundredth anniversary year of Chile’s independence, a statement against war and for reconciliation. The rain of poems is intended to make poetry accessible to a lot of people and send out o message of peace. There have already been similar actions, the first being in Santiago de Chile, then later in Dubrovnik, Guernica and Warsaw.
‘Poetry Rain’ is a project by Casagrande and the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in cooperation with the Long Night of Museums and the Embassy of the Republic of Chile. It is taking place with the kind support of: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes – Chile, DIRAC Chile, Dulce Compania, Foreign Ministry, lyrikline.org, Prussian Maritime Foundation, Rattapallax