The Rest Is Noise: Berlin in the '20s and '30s

Updated Wednesday 23rd January 2013

2/3 Mar: Cabaret, paranoia and Fascism. The Rest Is Noise looks at Germany's centre of political and artistic dramas.

Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932) Creative commons image Icon Work found at en.wikipedia.org / CC BY-SA 3.0 under Creative-Commons license Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932) This is the fourth weekend in a series of events at the Southbank Centre exploring 20th Century music.

During the 14 years of the Weimar Republic, Germany lurched from chaos to fragile democracy and towards the catastrophe that was to come.

In contrast to the prosperity of Paris, the Berlin of the 1920s was ravaged by financial turmoil and political disorder.

The Weimar Republic, forged in the aftermath of the First World War and the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II, was full of coups and counterrevolutions, playing host to Communists, Social Democrats and nationalists.

After the catastrophic hyperinflation that saw Germans pushing wheelbarrows full of million-Mark notes through the streets, a period of stabilisation also saw the ominous rise of the Nazi party and their terrifying stormtroopers.

For a brief moment, however, Berlin was a city of possibility and excitement.

The all-night city danced to the biting satire and seductive decadence of the cabaret theatres where art, fashion, classical music, jazz and musical theatre all rubbed shoulders.

However as the darkest chapter of the 20th century drew near, many of the city’s artistic innovators would soon be forced to leave.

Listen to recordings from across the weekend

Cabaret. Inflation. Glamour. Fascism. Reparations. Satire. Decadence. Weimar Germany was a wounded nation struggling to reassert itself.

Explore the many different facets of Berlin: Germany’s centre of political and artistic dramas in our two-day programme of talks, films and performances.

Visit the Southbank Centre to learn more.

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Newry: Frontier town or border city? Creative commons image Icon D Mull under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Newry: Frontier town or border city?

Newly-minted Newry's city status may be - but it still relies on the same commerce and location that has kept it thriving across the centuries as a town.

Article
Visiting Berlin Creative commons image Icon Sandruz via Flickr under Creative-Commons license article icon

Languages 

Visiting Berlin

This section introduces you to websites where you can plan and timetable your exploration of the German capital and where you can find out what’s on where.

Article
Berlin map: Architecture Creative commons image Icon MatHampson via Flickr under Creative-Commons license article icon

Languages 

Berlin map: Architecture

Berlin is a city of social as well as architectural experimentation. Find out how architects creatively make use of the buildings and spaces in Germany's capital.

Article
Berlin map: Spaces Creative commons image Icon SebastianNiedlich via Flickr under Creative-Commons license article icon

Languages 

Berlin map: Spaces

Explore where political division has left barren lands as a reminder of separation, and where rivers run through and form natural openings.

Article
Programme 1: The Ghosts of Berlin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Programme 1: The Ghosts of Berlin

The Open University is teaming up with BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed for an occasional series of special programmes. In the first - due for broadcast December 26th 2007 - the city of Berlin is centre-stage.

Article
OpenLearn Live: 6th July 2016 Creative commons image Icon MaterialScientist under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OpenLearn Live: 6th July 2016

The powder that can turn light into sound - and a quick guide to the background of The Chilcot Report. Then more free learning during the day.

Article
OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Yale University Press video icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016

The sociologist who suggested gender is a social structure; what DNS is when it's working; then more free learning across the day.

Video
OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2015 Creative commons image Icon AIDS/SIDA NB under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2015

Something to think about - free learning, insight and research from around OpenLearn and beyond

Article
OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain article icon

History & The Arts 

OpenLearn Live: 20th January 2016

Three mathematicians who made Berlin their home. Then more free learning through the day.

Article