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German City Temporary Changes Name due to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour Shows


Sun 07 Jul 2024 | 04:05 PM
Rana Atef

On Saturday, Germany's Gelsenkirchen temporarily changed its name to "Swiftkirchen" in honour of Taylor Swift's upcoming Eras Tour shows. The city's mayor, Karin Welge, approved the proposal ahead of trending superstar's performances in the city between July 17 to 19.

Taylor Swift will perform three concerts in Gelsenkirchen where thousands of her fans, known as 'Swifties,' are expected to fill the city. 

The city hanged the signs with the new name, which translates to “Swift's Church.”

The decision to temporarily change the city's name was motivated after a fan of Swift Aleshanee started a petition and even wrote to Mayor Welge about this.

Welge said in a letter to the fan: "It's a great idea to temporarily rename Gelsenkirchen to 'Swiftkirchen', which is why I'm particularly pleased that you can experience the short-term 'renaming' of Gelsenkirchen live and up close in Gelsenkirchen today."