The city of Berlin has recently decided that they no longer want the famous Brandenburg Gate to act as a breeding ground for street performers, claiming that they want to stop the ‘Disneyfication’ of the historic site. Under the new ruling, performers dressed in character costumes such as Mickey Mouse, Darth Vader, and even the Berlin Bear are banned from the Parisier Platz.
Many Berliners have complained that the Brandenburg Gate, which is now a symbol of Germany’s reunification, has become overrun with these characters and tourists wanting pictures taken with them, diminishing the significance of what the landmark represents. Some even call it disrespectful to those who fought to bring down the wall.
Also banned from making an appearance outside the Brandenburg Gate are living statues and performers dressed in Cold War-era uniforms worn by American, Soviet and East German soldiers.
Performers could easily walk away with up to €250 a day by just wearing a costume, and are now complaining that the new law restricts their right to work as artists. The city however doesn’t believe dressing up as a character for pictures constitutes artistic expression. Those who show up to the Parisier Platz to paint portraits or play music however will be allowed as those acts are ruled as being artistic.