Berlin im Licht

The now-closing Berlin Illuminiert festival is, as hauptstadtblog says, more impressive as photography than in person. Still more entertaining is how over-excited Berliners got 80 years ago, at the first big Berlin light festival. As one wrote, in terms worthy of a loved-up glowstick-waving raver:  Berlin is modern, modern through its light…Paris is like a city of varying shades of grey. Berlin is a single block of light. And there was sound, too:

After the phenomenal success of Die Dreigroschenoper in the summer of 1928, Kurt Weill found himself the toast of Berlin. Indeed, so popular was Weill that he was hired to provide a song for the Berlin im Licht festival in October. That a festival organized by a utility company to celebrate the wonders of electrical lighting in Berlin would hire the composer of the anti-capitalist Dreigroschenoper demonstrates the height of Weill’s celebrity. Weill responded with a tiny, slow fox trot of a song with cheerfully banal lyrics by Weill himself extolling the glories of Berlin im Licht (Berlin in Light). The song is completely forgettable, utterly ephemeral, and absolutely perfect for the occasion.

All of which makes me feel terribly dull, in my inability to get worked up over lights shining on buildings.

Flickr, naturally, has more photos than you could ever want.

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