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Events to inspire learning of German

Featuring all things from Bavaria to Austria, the Weeks of the German Language kicks off on Sunday for the second consecutive year, with a programme promising more than last year.

The activities will include festivals, German cinema (with English subtitles), concerts, book readings, exhibitions, poetry and the popular traditional Christmas market.

German Ambassador Franz Josef Kremp said the embassies of Germany, Austria and Switzerland deem it necessary to show off German culture because they have witnessed a ‘dramatic drop’ in students learning the German language in schools, mostly due to the latest education reform that was implemented in Cyprus.

He further added that the German embassy is supportive of the bi-communal, bizonal solution of the Cyprus problem and therefore are supporting a number of activities related to that – such as organising informal business lunches and Imagine – a project which brings together Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot students.

Austrian Ambassador Eva Maria Ziegler said that German is the most widely spoken language in the EU.

She noted that learning German is a ‘door opener’ in terms of career prospects and cultural benefits.

“German speaking countries contribute to culture and science in the most profound way and influence our everyday lives in many ways,” she said.

The director of the Goethe Institute Karin Varga outlined the German language films that will include history and documentary films, portraying all the main issues of the German society.

The first screening to be shown will be Beloved Sisters on Monday at 8pm at the Goethe Institute in Nicosia. Beloved Sisters is the story of aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline, who both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller.

The day after, a film screening of the drama House Without Roof will be shown – a story of three siblings born in Kurdistan but raised in Stuttgart, who return to their country of origin to fulfill the wish of their deceased mother. This screening will be shown at the Cine studio in the University of Nicosia premises at 9pm.

On Wednesday at 8pm, a screening of Phoenix will take place – a story of a Jewish woman who returns to Germany at the end of World War Two. This will be at the Goethe Institute at 8pm. The movie will also be shown on Friday.

On Thursday, October 25, a series of short films will be shown at the Artos foundation in Nicosia. The short films depart from traditional cinema as they include some music videos.
Events further in the future include an exhibition from December 13 to February 11 called Stories of Gold and the annual Christmas Market at the Goethe institute.

Weeks of the German Language
A series of events in Nicosia through the remaining months of the year. A full list can be found at: nikosia.diplo.de/blob/2146778/28dcaa84337560fd8aa7f116eb884006/wdds-2018-data.pdf

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