October 07, 2010
Cape Town to host German Cultural Weeks
The German Cultural Weeks, established to celebrate the links between Germany and South Africa, as well as the history and heritage of both countries, will take place in Cape Town from October 2010 until February 2011. Organised by the German Consulate General in Cape Town, the events will no doubt strengthen ties between the two countries.
German Consul General Hans-Werner Bussmann wrote in an open letter: “South Africa and Germany share important anniversaries with regard to their most recent history: 20 years ago Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison and both parts of post World War II Germany were reunited after 42 years of division.
“However, both nations have more in common: Much was achieved but not all expectations materialised. Therefore, some events of the 2010 German Cultural Weeks are meant to look back and to look forward together.”
The German Cultural Weeks will feature a variety of film screenings, musical performances and discussions at venues around the city, including the German International School, University of Cape Town, the Labia Theatre and St Martini German-Lutheran Church.
For detailed information about the German Cultural Weeks, visit the German Consulate General website.
There has been a strong German presence in Cape Town since 1857, when the first German settlers arrived. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, thousands of German supporters in Cape Town celebrated as Germany thrashed Argentina 4-0 in the quarter-finals at Cape Town Stadium.