Balkan States Offered Several Activities Prepared by the German Embassies

German Embassies based in the Ex-Yugoslavian countries hosted many interesting events recently including: wine tastings, art exhibitions and concerts

June 27th, 2017
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Juvenile singers from all over Germany presented renaissance choruses at the ninth International choral and folklore festival named "Ohrid Pearl." This year's concert tour of the renowned “Kammerchor Heidenheim” from Southern Germany travelled through Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania and they ended performing up by the biggest Macedonian lake Ohrid. 


The young people from the Musikgymnasium Heidenheim, under the direction of Thomas Kammel, have put together a versatile program of spiritual and secular pieces from the last five centuries, which they performed on the main stage in the church of St. Kiril and Metodij. The new “Kammerchor Heidenheim” is a profile choir with selected young voices.  

The choir has already achieved great success in international competitions and, in addition, they have won several prizes in Germany. Each year, the choir performs a major concert tour and has already been to Armenia, Latvia, Belgium, France, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, Namibia and Brazil. The chorus is regularly committed to major events and has therefore become the ambassador of the city of Heidenheim and of all the Germany. 

The "German Days in Podgorica” took place in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, more precisely in the Square of Independence. The event was organized by the German Embassy, the municipality of Podgorica and the Secretariat for Culture and Sport of Macedonia. 

The rich cultural program included among other things, the performance of theatre group called “Tape That “, a concert by the Elektro-Pop musicians “Dyko” and the performance of the jazz quintet: “Dusko Goykovich” from. In the framework of the event, the German Ambassador in Montenegro, H. E. Amb. Hans Günther Mattern presented a sculpture of a bear made by Montenegrin students of arts.

The sculpture represents the German-Montenegrin friendship. At the event, culinary diplomacy was also an important component and the Embassy serving German pretzels to the guests as well.

German Ambassador in Serbia, honorary Mr Ditman and his wife, Mrs Dr. Ebert, invited around four hundred high-ranking guests to this year's summer party. The guests were from political, economic and cultural spheres as well as members of the German community in Serbia.

They gathered in the ambassador’s residence and Ambassador Ditman's welcome speech was a nice introduction to the relaxed evening, which was accompanied by the rhythms of the famous band "Coolares," a spectacular performance of jugglers, and the evening was then concluded with a firework performance.

The “Girls’ Day” event is organized every year in Germany and also in several other countries. It serves as an opportunity to encourage young girls to participate in the political and economic spheres, including in the top-level positions. The German and French ambassadors in Bosnia and Herzegovina organized an event titled "Women in power" for the girls of Sarajevo's high schools.

During this meeting, young participants had the opportunity to talk with ambassadors, but also with women active in the Bosnian political and economic arena. Using examples from their careers, they have transmitted an important message: in professional opportunities, never ask yourself "why", but "why not"? German Ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina, H. E. Amb. Christiane Hohmann also took lessons from her professional career: in order to make progress, a girl should never set limits for herself. Challenges are worth the effort, and defeat brings a useful experience.

The French Ambassador, H. E. Amb. Claire Bodonyi, encouraged young participants to break down the "glass ceiling" that prevents women from reaching positions of great power and responsibility.

A grand opening ceremony of the exhibition "Art Circle / Art Embassies" took place at the Villa Vipolže in Goriška Brda in Slovenia. About one hundred guests from the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy and culture took the opportunity to see the exhibition, taste local wines and specialties, and enjoy the concert of singer Oleg Pogudin, which was facilitated by the Russian Embassy.

Artists from France, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Germany faced a challenge to paint their impressions of the artistic and cultural landscape of the Goriška Brda on canvas. Their work will be exhibited in Villa Vipolje until October 2017.

The project was successful thanks to the cooperation of the embassies involved in Ljubljana together with the Brda Institute for Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports and also winemakers and gastronomes from the region, as well as sponsors such as BMW Group Slovenia.

Within the framework of the project, the participating artists lived and worked for winery hosts, who are among the best in the region, and who set out to make the region more internationally recognizable by means of cultural partnerships with their specialties.


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