IN PICTURES: May at the Goethe!
And what a busy month May was! There’s never a quiet month here at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and that definitely makes us happy! May saw you celebrating Europe Day with us, the end of the Bundesliga season and a visit from a Jewish school to name but a few! Ready to find out more? Here goes!
AATG Honors Night at Georgia Tech
This event saw our Executive Director, Ms. Miriam Bruns, presented the Georgia AATG German Student of the Year award. Zach Sanchez (pictured below) won the award by demonstrating excellence in the study and promotion of German at a local school and/or in the state of Georgia. The award grants them a study trip to Germany or a German-speaking country: AATG-GA sponsors the flight, and we sponsor a Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes language course in Germany. Zach will be going to Vienna.
A Note on Opera: Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”
As usual on the second Monday of the month our opera lovers gathered for their monthly lecture! This month the class looked at Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” which is based on various Celtic legends, including the tales of King Arthur, and is a radical departure from all previous operas, both Wagner’s and anyone else’s. Its sound is so modern than it belies the fact of it being composed in the early 1860s! With “Tristan,” Wagner changed the sound of music forever. The story of doomed lovers whose passion defies all rules is perfectly realized in Wagner’s score, a continuous melodic development that fails to reach resolution until the inevitable tragic conclusion. This month the class will be looking at Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” on Monday, June 13, 2016. Click here to register for this event.
Europe Day 2016
May also sees us celebrate Europe Day with you. This year, long with Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the US World War I Centennial Commission, the Georgia Tech Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and our colleagues at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, we welcomed Monique Seefried, Ph.D, Commissioner at the World War I Centennial Commission who spoke about “Why is the Centennial of World War I Relevant for Understanding Europe Today?” Introductory remarks were given by The Hon. Denis Barbet, Consul General of France and Dr. Vicki Birchfield, Co-director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies at Georgia Tech. It was a great evening with a very interesting and informative speaker who continued the discussion with guests during the wine and cheese reception.
Movie Night: Fatih Akin’s “Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul”
May also saw guests enjoying a movie night. This month, as part of our movie series, ‘Germany in the 20th Century through the films of Germany’s greatest directors,’ and enjoy a cocktail as we screen “Crossing the Bridge – the Sound of Istanbul,” directed by Fatih Akin with an introduction by Dr. Berna Gueneli from Grinnell College. The film was first screened here in 2011 and was the final film in our 4 part selection to celebrate our 40 year anniversary in Atlanta: we watched one film from each of the last four decades. Another great night was had by all with some interested questions given to the guest speaker.
Bundesliga Soccer Breakfast Season-End Party
May also means the end of another Bundesliga Soccer Season. To celebrate, or commiserate, the end of the season, we threw a special season-end party! Guests gathered to watch who stayed in the Bundesliga and who would be relegated whilst tucking into a bagel, sipping on some coffee and catching up with friends old and new.
But, don’t worry, your soccer fix won’t be gone for long! This year sees Germany competing in the European Championships! Kick-off for the German team is this Sunday, June 12, 2016 and we’re celebrating in style with a big screen outside Colony Square (close to the Midtown sign) with German themed food trucks and drinks vendors! It’s set to be a beautiful sunny day (don’t worry, the screen is anti-glare so the sun won’t be stopping us watching the action!) so make sure you come out and cheer the boys on with us! Parking is also available in the Colony Square parking deck but, due to the Streets Alive festival, only the 14th and 15th Street entrances will be open!
The Weber School Visit
Finally in May, we hosted a group of students from The Weber School, a Jewish community high school in Sandy Springs. We gave them an insight into life in modern Germany and life for Jews in modern Germany. Daniela Breitbart from Factwell, LLC spoke to the students about her experiences growing up as a Jew in Germany which prompted several interesting questions from the students. They also researched Jewish institutions in both the USA and Germany and reported back on their findings.
And there you have it, another busy month at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta! With the European Soccer Championships and some new language classes happening in June, it’s definitely not going to be a quiet month! We hope you can make it to some of our events in June!
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