A fundraiser at Bar25's former home on the Spree will support two replacement candidates: Mörchenpark and Holzmarkt.
The fundraiser was announced yesterday in a KaterHolzig newsletter written by Lotta, Bar25's infamous "door Hitler." She writes: "Dear Berliners. WE have a one-shot chance to acquire the former premises of Bar25, in order to do justice to this city, to which so many of us one moved, fled, and wandered. WE can show the world, that something will soon be going down here—something that is no longer possible in other metropoles, where everything has already come under the hammer."
Lotta and others at KaterHolzig want Bar25's former home to be used for projects that preserve Berlin's authentic spirit (as they see it) rather than being snapped up by property developers. These projects are Mörchenpark and Holzmarkt. The former would be a kid-friendly, "multi-colored village" filled with art, performances and other cultural happenings (the name translates to ""little carrot park," and rhymes with the German for "fairy tale park"). The latter is a 12,000 square-meter area where "at least 50 tenants of every kind—from baker to artist—will be able to make their dreams into reality" (a bit like Tacheles from the sound of it).
Bar25 and KaterHolzig aren't the only ones who support these ideas—numerous other figures around the city have come out in support of both. "This project is a wake up call for policy and urban developers," said Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann.
The event will take place at the former site of Bar25 in Friedrichshain. In addition to information about the Holzmarkt and Mörchenpark, there will be make-up stations and theatre events, live performances and surprise guests. It starts at 3:00 PM and ends at 8:00 PM. Entry is free.
"WE'RE IN AN AMAZING POSITION TO BUY BACK PART OF OUR CITY AND AT LEAST MAKE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE IN HOW BERLIN'S FUTURE WILL LOOK" the newsletter finishes up. "FOLKS, THAT'S AWESOME!!!!"
Luis-Manuel Garcia contributed translation.