Pilar Olascoaga (San Sebastian , 1927-2015) was a key figure in the Festival’s family snapshot, personifying 30 years of its history. At the end of summer 1960, the manager of the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Francisco Ferrer Monreal, having freshly taken up his position as director of the Festival, requested the services of a young Olascoaga for the Administration and Accommodation Services department. Years later, in 1978, in the early days of one of the Festival’s liveliest periods, Pilar became the organisation’s General Secretary, remaining in the position until her replacement in February 1991 by the event’s new general delegate, Rudi Barnet. Over those three decades she was witness to a wide variety of mayors, festival directors, committees, secretaries and political and social transformations. The archive contains material on one of her last trips before turning her back on the festival once and for all: her accreditation for the Berlin Festival’s historic 40th anniversary, held barely four months after the fall of the Wall. The reverse side of the pass also reveals another interesting titbit: the official hubs of the event belong to a former geography of the German festival, prior to the major reconstruction work carried out on Potsdamer Platz.