German Weeks to strengthen relations with Namibia

By Anastasia Paulus

WINDHOEK – German Ambassador to Namibia Christian- Matthias Schlaga is encouraging Namibians to participate with their own events during the German Weeks 2017, planned throughout the country from September 15 to October 7.

The German Embassy in Windhoek is organising a range of cultural events to showcase German-Namibian relations. The event was first organised in 2015 to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to mark the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. The German Weeks 2015 ran from March 2 to 17 July 17 and featured more than 50 events across Namibia.

According to a statement issued by the German Information Centre Africa, the German Weeks 2017 will kick off on September 15 with a Poetry Slam Competition at the German School Windhoek.

The following events include National German Language Competition on September 16 and German Career Day at the University

of Namibia on September 21. Music enthusiasts, especially classical European music will be in for a treat during the ‘German Classic meets Namibia’ on September 22 and 23.

During October, a series of lectures in Windhoek and Swakopmund analysing Martin Luther’s impact on the German language, a theatre play organised by the Goethe-Institute in Swakopmund, the Day of German Unity and a musical performance by youngsters of Proud Nama Footprints -0a project that creates opportunities for the youth from all backgrounds.

The German Weeks 2017 will culminates on October 7 with the photo exhibition titled ‘Namibia and Germany on Diversity’.

It is a project of the German organisation, The Global Experience together with six German and Namibian schools, which will be framed by a concert of a German- Namibian youth choir.

“Together with German and Namibian organisations we will present a colourful programme to showcase Germany as a modern, efficient and diverse country. In addition, the German Weeks reflect the continuously expanding German-Namibian relations and their multi-faceted perspectives,” said Ambassador Schlaga about the importance of the upcoming event.

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