DiEM25 was launched on Tuesday 9th February 2016, at 20.30, at the Volksbühne Theatre, Berlin.
The day begun with a one-hour press conference, at 10.00 am, followed by three closed sessions (see below for details) involving speakers from all over Europe.
Their purpose was to kick start the conversation that DiEM25 is facilitating on how to put the demos back into Europe’s democracy, how to address the various crises currently deconstructing Europe, and how to organise our political interventions in our localities, regions, countries and, of course, at the European level.
The MAIN EVENT took place at 20.30 on the Volksbühne Central Theatre Stage.
The Volksbühne (“People’s Theatre“) is a theater in Berlin, Germany. Located in Berlin’s city center Mitte on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Rosa Luxemburg Square) in what was the GDR’s capital.
The Volksbühne was built during the years 1913 to 1914 and was designed by Oskar Kaufmann, with integrated sculpture by Franz Metzner. It opened on December 30, 1914 and has its origin in an organization known as the “Freie Volksbühne“ (“Free People’s Theater“) which sketched out the vision for a theater “of the people“ in 1892.
The goal of the organization was to promote the naturalist plays of the day at prices accessible to the common worker.
The original slogan inscribed on the edifice was “Die Kunst dem Volke“ (“Art to the people“). During World War II, the theatre was heavily damaged like much of the rest of Berlin. From 1950 to 1954, it was rebuilt according to the design of architect Hans Richter.