Hundreds of fans celebrate ‘Wuthering Heights’ day in Berlin

Hundreds of red-clad fans of British singer Kate Bush on Saturday staged flash mobs in Berlin as they reenacted her classic hit "Wuthering Heights".

Hundreds of fans celebrate 'Wuthering Heights' day in Berlin
A flashmob in Melbourne, Australia, celebrates Wuthering Heights day in 2017. Photo: Tracey Nearmy/AAP/dp
Bush wrote the song aged 18, inspired after seeing an adaptation of the 1847 novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. 
The lyrics are attributed to the novel's character Catherine Earnshaw, pleading at the window of Heathcliff, the man she loves, to be let in. Bush had recorded it in 1978 dressed in red and it was her most successful single.
Hundreds of fans gathered in Berlin's central Goerlitzer Park under light rain, recreating Bush's moves for a performance lasting about four minutes, an AFP photographer said.
Earlier, about 100 men, women and children in Sydney also staged a similar dance in a city park. Other flash mobs are scheduled in Sydney, Dublin and the Netherlands.
The “Wuthering Heights Day” was launched in Berlin a few years ago and has spread to other cities.

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Berlin football fans knock over mock-up wall before match

A replica of the Berlin Wall separated the teams before Hertha Berlin's home Bundesliga tie against RB Leipzig at the city's Olympic Stadium, part of Saturday's celebrations making the 30th anniversary of the fall of the original wall.

Berlin football fans knock over mock-up wall before match
People knock over a mock-up of the former Berlin Wall during a performance prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match Hertha BSC Berlin v RB Leipzig. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP
During the warm up a lightweight replica of the Berlin Wall, which fell on November 9, 1989 stood on the halfway line, bearing the message “Against walls together with Berlin”, which was then “knocked down” before kick-off.
Hertha, who organised the gesture, played in the same style shirts they wore in the 1989/90 season.
“We're playing in a retro jersey to remind us, and the whole of Germany, of Hertha Berlin's first match, which East and West Berliners were able to experience together in the Olympic Stadium,” explained board member Paul Keuter.
This weekend, Germany's capital is celebrating the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was built by the communist East German regime in 1961 and divided the city during the Cold War era.
Hertha Berlin lost 1-0 at neighbours FC Union when the capital city's teams met last Saturday in their first Bundesliga derby.