Around 1,000 “zombies” have taken over downtown Hamburg, and won’t go away until they get an audience with US President Donald Trump.
Called 1000 GESTALTEN, meaning “1,000 figures,” it was a performance in which actors covered in gray, crusty clay moved silently and steadily through the city in a transfixed state. In the past couple of days, these figures started appearing all over Hamburg, slowly growing in numbers until culminating yesterday in a giant formation in which a “transformation” took place, the actors breaking free from their clay shells.
In a two-hour show, hundreds took part in a public appeal for more humanity and self-responsibility ahead of the G20 summit. The performance was intended to criticize political apathy, and as a call to “more political participation for a society where change doesn’t come from above, but from each and every individual,” the performance’s official website states.
Other happenings in Hamburg related to G20 summit include a film festival in the Abaton cinema that looks at living conditions in G20 countries such as China, Turkey, Russia, and the US. At the Kampnagel Kulturzentrum, a global summit with discussions and workshops also took place yesterday in which participants discussed current political policies in an aim to develop straggles for global union.
Today, the “Global Citizen Festival” is to take place, with acts such as Coldplay, Shakira, Ellie Goulding, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Pharrell Williams on the docket. Additionally, a cabaret urging leaders to “get your damn job done” will be staged alongside the summit.
Meanwhile, various political and civic organizations from all over the world are arriving in Hamburg and prepare their performances and demonstrations, which they describe as “a struggle against globalism and dictatorship across the world”.
Thousands of protesters from around Europe, who say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace and prosperity, poured into Hamburg to join the main demonstration, dubbed “Welcome to Hell”. The gathering is organized and led by the alliance of anti-capitalist groups. As protesters prepared to start their march, hundreds of riot police in full gear lined the main street opposite the Blohm + Voss shipyard where luxury yachts, like Roman Abramovich’s ‘Eclipse’, were built.
More protesters are expected over the weekend, with more than 100,000 ready for Saturday’s march.