IN PICTURES: April in Review

Another month of 2016 has passed by, how did that happen and where is this year going? That can mean only one thing – it’s time for another month in review on the blog!

April at the Goethe 2016

Movie Night: Egon Günther’s When You’re Older Dear Adam

This event saw us welcoming the DEFA Film Library and Kanopy to the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta as we screened Egon Günther’s “When You’re Older Adam.” Guests gathered for a reception before the film which was introduced by Skyler J. Arndt-Briggs, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst. Guests settled down to watch the East German social satire which was followed by a question and answer session.

The 80th Annual Dogwood Festival

That time of the year rolled around again when we set up our tent with the German Consulate General Atlanta in Piedmont Park at the 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival! Hundreds of people stopped by to say hello and find out a little more about us, asked us about our language courses and got some handy advice about Germany. We gave away loads of free gifts with our spin the wheel and a lucky entrant won a language course here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! It was great to get out into our local community and meet so many new people!

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A Note on Opera: Charles Gounod’s “Faust”

Next up came our monthly dose of opera with our A Note on Opera lecture series. This month our guests enjoyed a lecture focusing on Charles Gounod’s “Faust.” From its 1859 premiere in Paris until the First World War, Gounod’s adaptation of Goethe’s “Faust” was the most popular opera in the world. The Metropolitan Opera performed it so often that its opera house was nicknamed the “Faustspielhaus.” Another great evening was had by all who attended!

Georgia State University: World Languages Day

April also saw us participating in Georgia State University’s World Languages Day. It was a chance for students to get to know more about different languages and how they can benefit their futures. We were able to connect with over a hundred students at the event, talking to them about the Goethe-Zentrum, learning German and how that can help them to further their careers in the south east.

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Global Youth Ambassadors Program Information Session

This event was part of our Treffpunkt Goethe program. The Global Youth Ambassadors Program held an information session in our auditorium about their summer leadership program which includes travel to Germany. Students came along with their parents in the hope of finding out more about how they can get involved. For more about the program, click here.

Movie Night: Frank Beyer’s “Jakob der Lügner”

Our second movie night of April saw us screening Frank Beyer’s “Jakob der Lügner.” This film was part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, during which we’ll be screening films that have already been part of our cultural programing here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, one from the last four decades. “Jakob der Lügner” was first screened here in 1994.

The film was introduced by Dr, Nick Block from Emory University, who also carried out a question and answer session following the film.

Intercultural Workshop – Clayton State University

The last weekend in April saw us heading to Clayton State University to give an intercultural workshop to a group of students majoring in international business. We talked to them about the cultural differences between Germans and Americans and the different intercultural communication and language skills needed in an international business world.


Book Club – April Meeting

The last Sunday in April also saw the monthly meeting of our book club. This month, our members read and discussed “Der Tag, am dem unser Vater erzaehlte, dass er ein DDR-Spion sei” by Thomas Raufeisen who visited the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta in November 2014. The group held a lively discussion in German about the book. Next month they will be discussing  “Just Call Me Superhero” by Alina Bronsky which is available in both English and German with a discussion in English. If you’re interested in joining the book club, please email

Earth Day 2016 at Colony Square

We also thought you might like to see this too! April 22nd was Earth Day and Colony Square, where we’re located, had big plans to celebrate! However, Earth Day was rained off so, the chalk mural was postponed until Monday, April 25 and we were dying to get involved! So we headed downstairs, picked up some chalk and added to the logo with, you’ve guessed it, our logo! What do you think?

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So there you have it, another month down in our 40th anniversary year! We hope to see you at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta next month at some of our anniversary celebrations and especially at our Goethe 40th Birthday Ball or Party Like It’s 1976 70s party! They’re both guaranteed to be fantastic celebratory events!


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