Thousands of curious Berliners and scores of young students lined the centre of the German capital in the pouring rain last night to watch nearly a mile of giant 2.5 metre-high coloured polystyrene dominos topple over as an ersatz-Berlin Wall.
The Goethe-Institut – the German government’s cultural institution which operates worldwide – distributed the huge Styrofoam dominoes around the world so they could be painted and adorned as part of the “Festival of Freedom”, marking 20 years of German unification.
Local artists and Berlin schoolchildren and teenagers were also asked to contribute and create their own dominoes.Along with this sensational and fun toppling of the dominos, the programme included a firework display, concerts and a human chain along the former Wall path.
The only really dampening part of the evening – more so than the actual rain – were the tedious speeches full of worn-out, over-done and tired platitudes about <<freedom>> and <<democracy>> of the visiting heads of state like Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy.
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