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Bonn/Region · Protests against racism and in support of refugees are held on Münsterplatz, GOP Variety Theatre launches new Beethoven show in July, high-rise building taking shape at Bundeskanzlerplatz and the mystery of a growing fairy world in Bad Godesberg - here is our news in brief on Sunday.

Two demonstrations took place on Saturday in Bonn.

Two demonstrations took place on Saturday in Bonn.

Foto: Benjamin Westhoff

Peaceful demonstrations held on Münsterplatz

Two demonstrations took place on Saturday in Bonn. In the morning, the action alliance “Grenzlos Solidarität’ (Boundless Solidarity), made up of Amnesty International, Sea-Eye, Seebrücke and others gathered on the Münsterplatz. Kai Echelmeyer of Sea-Eye Bonn explained “we want to draw attention to the precarious situation in the Mediterranean, today we are also demonstrating for the rescue ship Alan Kurdi, which is being held in Palermo”. The three-hour protest march, in which 100 demonstrators participated, led from the Münsterplatz via Friedensplatz and Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz to Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, where the final rally was held.

In the afternoon, a two-hour rally was held by the #blacklivesmatter movement protesting against racism. Organisers Ute Baoum and Matt Sonnicksen explained the decision behind the demonstration: “In the wake of the worldwide protests following the murder of George Floyd, we would like to express our solidarity in Bonn with all those affected by racism and with all people who are taking to the streets against racism worldwide.” Around 600 people joined the protest on the Münsterplatz.

Several thousand people also took part in a demonstration against racism in Deutz in Cologne on Saturday afternoon. Originally, the organisers had expected only 500 participants but, according to Cologne police, there were significantly more demonstrators.

(Original text: Niklas Schröder and Michael Wrobel)

New program at GOP

Following the break due to the corona crisis, the GOP Varieté-Theater in Bonn is restarting its program on July 17 with a new show. The production named “Beethovens verschollenes Werk” (Beethoven's lost work) was devised for Beethoven's 250th birthday. It will be shown from July 17 to November 1 every Thursday and Friday at 8 pm, on Saturdays at 4 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm and 5 pm.

In addition, the Varieté-Theater is extending the summer holiday special "Kids for Nix", which will be showing until the end of the autumn holidays, October 25. Children up to 14 years of age accompanied by a paying adult are granted free admission to the show.

Managing director, Kevin Grote explained that the GOP has developed hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors and employees.

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Mega columns on Bundeskanzlerplatz

The high-rise building on Bundeskanzlerplatz is slowly rising. The work was at first barely visible in the huge excavation pit, especially from Reuterstrasse, but now the first parts of the façade are protruding over the fences on the B 9, “despite the corona crisis,” says a spokeswoman for the project developer Art-Invest Real Estate.

The entire building complex is expected to be completed by 2022 as planned. “The four mega-columns already accentuate the impressive entrance area, which will extend over three floors.” A second building is under construction next door. “Thanks to the installation of many elements of the facade, the outstanding architecture is already clearly visible," says the spokeswoman.

And at House 3 which has access on the ground floor, the structural work for the underground car park has already been completed. The high-rise building of the new three-part ensemble, which Art Invest calls ‘Neuer Kanzlerplatz’, will be 101 metres high with an impressive 28 floors. The ground floors of the new buildings will accommodate a variety of food establishments, and 4000 people will work on the levels above which provide around 60,000 square metres of floor space.

(Original text: Nicolas Ottersbach)

Mystery fairy world in Bad Godesberg

A small enchanted dreamworld has taken root in the Deichmanns Aue in Bad Godesberg. ‘Fairy land’ is written on one clay sign, ‘Pixie school’ on another - there are now more than ten miniature dwellings. Ingrid Federer who lives near the park on the grounds of the former US Embassy, which now belong to the Federal Office of Agriculture and Food, has drawn the GA's attention to these mystery works made of clay, wood, shells and other materials.

She doesn’t know who started the fairy world – maybe a handicraft or art project during the corona crisis? Anyone with more information can contact the GA editors by e-mail: If you are curious and want to make a pilgrimage to Deichmanns Aue, we have one request: Don't scare the fairies, you don't want to drive them away. And please observe social distancing rules.

(Original text: Stefan Knopp) (Translations: Caroline Kusch)

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