November is the month of the German language, and for the sixth consecutive year the German Cyprus language teachers association, the education ministry, the Goethe Institute and the embassies of Austria, Germany and Switzerland have organised a cultural programme.
“Various events related to the German languages are planned for the entire month of November, thereby further promoting cultural relations between Cyprus and German speaking countries,” Education Minister Costas Kadis stated at a press conference Aon Thursday to mark the start of the language month.
The events are grouped under nine categories, parties, culinary, workshops, dance, exhibitions, education, movies, theatre and music.
Actually, the programme starts on October 30 with a party, a street festival around Faneromeni. After that, various events cover all the categories. The culinary part, for example, consists of three TV programmes on traditional recipes from German speaking countries, which are aired by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation on November 8, 22 and 29, covering German, Austrian and Swiss recipes.
“The German language is one of the most widespread in the EU which makes it particularly topical nowadays,” Kadis’ statement said. “In addition, the German speaking countries are among the preferences of young people for their studies, because they have a high level of tertiary education institutions, as well as an attractive environment and a thriving job market.”
Meanwhile, he continued, the knowledge of the German language in the tourism sector is considered an important advantage since the number of German speaking tourists who choose Cyprus for their holidays is steadily increasing.
German is the mother tongue for more than 120 million Europeans. In Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein it is the only official state language whereas in other countries it is one of several official languages. It is also widely used in the EU Commission’s communications.