Bonn Days of Democracy and Festival

The Basic Law was passed 70 years ago. What do we associate with it today? How topical are the fundamental rights for our lives and for the political debate? Like no other city, Bonn stands for democracy. Here, on 23 May 1949, the most stable democratic foundation in German history came into force - the Basic Law.

This constitution applies to the united Germany and is more topical than ever: Despite dwindling confidence in institutions and politics, it still creates the strong framework for our democratic coexistence.

The Bonn Days of Democracy will run to 25 May - a diverse mix of events close to the people: Bonners can talk to each other, test their knowledge or discuss with experts. They can vote at the Democracy Slam on who will perform most entertainingly on the topic. Or they can visit the Barcamp Democracy, a grassroots democracy, where each participant can bring in his or her concerns

But the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Basic Law is also an occasion to celebrate. The City of Bonn is therefore organizing a Democracy Festival on Saturday, May 18, starting at 10:30 on Bonn’s Market Square in the city center. Visitors can expect a varied programme with entertaining events, news and information for all. Everyone should feel addressed to deal with the Basic Law and its meaning for our country and our everyday life.

Mayor Sridharan has reached out to the public, emphasizing that the anniversary of our Basic Law in the Federal Republic of Germany also brings to mind how lovingly and respectfully people in Bonn feel bound to this most liberal constitution our country has ever had. The Basic Law, with its well-known beginning “The dignity of every human being is inviolable”, was both drafted and adopted here in Bonn – reason enough to celebrate!

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  • Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Michael Sondermann/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Giacomo Zucca / Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Giacomo Zucca/Bundesstadt Bonn
  • Stadtarchiv Bonn

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