Goethe-Institute marks 50 years in Ghana
GOETHE-INSTITUT, the German Cultural Centre of the federal Republic of Germany started operation in Ghana in 1961 and the plans have been drawn up for a 50th anniversary celebration on the theme The Past , Present & Future of making a Difference.
The anniversary period begins this month and ends in December. It will be used to reflect on the evolution of the arts, its development, achievement and perspectives for the next 50 years.
The period will showcase the works of Ghanaians and Germans in a kaleidoscope of art exhibitions, a fashion show, concerts and film screenings.
There will also be panel discussions, a quiz and a publication detailing the various achievements of the centre over 50 years.
Since its beginning in this country, the centre has worked with its Ghanaian partners to develop more than a 1000 programmes, conferences and projects in music, film, dance, theatre, the visual and the media arts, literature and philosophy.
The centre has also managed to build a firm reputation in the field of language and library services and information services over the years.
“Since 1961, we have had enormous privilege to be inspired by some of the renowned and upcoming artistes, intellectuals and academia from Ghana, Germany and other countries. Often, the centre was able to become a catalyst and to provide a platform for the artistic and aesthetic encounters as well as for collaborative projects”, a statement from the centre said.
The Goethe-Institut is a global institution and was originally founded in 1951. Its emphasis has always been on intercultural work. Its projects are therefore based on the concept of dialogue, contributions from its partners, knowledge and experiences from all cultures in order to make its relevant and meaningful for participants and audiences.
To kick off the celebration, there will be a Goethe @50 Open House at the centre’s premises at Cantonments, next to NAFTI, on Saturday, March 12 from 3.00pm to 5.30p.m.
Activities lined up for the day include puppetry, face painting and readings.
Music by Nii Noi Nortey and Hewale Sounds will be provided stalls will display artistic items for sale and free sampling of German drinks.
Daily Graphic Page: 21 Saturday, March 5, 2011