“Paradise is everywhere”: this dictum is attributed to Martin Luther. What could this promise mean for us today? What missing element prevents its fulfilment? “Paradise is everywhere” is both a city-wide community project commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and the title of an outdoor exhibition at around 70 different sites throughout Berlin. The open-air display marks the start of a number of different anniversary events and continues from Holy Thursday to the Pentecost: Red Gates invite visitors on a journey of discovery to “little paradises” and offer site-specific information about “Paradise as a place of longing,” the Reformation and its continuing effects into the present day. The marked places also point to nearby businesses that already have “Paradise” as part of their name, like the famous döner kebab and carpet “paradises” in the city. “Paradise is everywhere” is more than just a statement; it is also a call to think, reflect and exchange ideas about what makes your own world a paradise – or perhaps what it needs to be paradise in your eyes.
Is there such a thing as paradise to you? Where or what is it? Share your Berlin locations, wishes, ideas and concepts on Facebook, twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #berlinparadies.
The project was realised by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and organised in cooperation with IGA Berlin 2017 and the 36th German Protestant Church Assembly, along with the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. It was made possible with support from Berliner Sparkasse and the Berlin State Senate Department for Culture and Europe.