Dr Klinner told the media that the weeks were a continuation of the tradition that began last year when varied culture-related programmes were organised in the city. He said this time round they intended to add more colour to the rich cultural life of Karachi.
Dr Negwer said there was a time when the Goethe Institut existed in Lahore as well but due to budget constraints had to be closed down. He termed it a ‘wrong decision’ and said he’d want the institute’s activities to extend to Lahore and Islamabad.
Highlighting the series of events to take place in the German Weeks, he said that the German jazz quintet, UNDERKARL, would display their talent on Sept 17.
In Pakistan, he said, actor and musician Khaled Anam had been associated with the Germany-based Grips Theatre for the past 30 years. On Sept 28, Grips would present a play ‘Chhoti, Toti, Mota Aur S.M. Hamid’ to review Grips and Goethe Institut’s cooperation and to acknowledge Khaled Anam’s efforts. On Oct 1, distinguished names in Germany’s electronic music scene, DJ Brothers and Hannes Teichman, will be seen in action. On Oct 9, a concert commemorating the great music composer Richard Wagner will be held. The Goethe Institut has invited pianist Stephan Rahn and singer Judith Maria Mayer, along with a Pakistani musician Usman Anees, to perform on the occasion. The next day Kairas Kabraji will deliver a lecture on Wagner in connection with the famous Bayreuth Festival in Germany, followed by the screening of a Wagner opera. On Nov 23 and 24, a film festival has been lined up in which some famous German films will be shown. In that regard, Dr Negwere named one movie ‘Soul Kitchen’, directed by Turkish-German director Fatih Akin. Dr Klinner added that he wished the festival could assume the proportion which Kara Film Festival once assumed, and that he was very impressed with the success of the Karachi Literature Festival and hoped the trend would continue.
On Nov 25, Ajoka Theatre along with actor Gunter Barton and saxophonist Lars Stoermert will read out in Urdu and English a selection from the celebrated German author Heinrich Boll’s texts.
Karachi:The Consul General of Germany Dr.Tilo Klinner, Consul and Deputy Head of the Mission Mr.Hans Juergen Peschke, and Director Goethe Institute Karachi Dr.Manuel Negwer,addressing press conference at German Consulate.
Dr Negwer also mentioned, although it was not related to Karachi, that to observe the 10th death anniversary of the known scholar Annemarie Schimmel, German academics would highlight her contribution to Pakistani culture on Oct 4 in Lahore.
Informing the media of some other events, Dr Klinner said last year a vocational training programme was launched. It met with success and this year on Sept 19 current and prospective participants in the project would be invited to have an update on its present status and future developments. “It’s time to scale up the programme,”
On Sept 21, an entrepreneurship conference titled ‘Status of Women in Society’ will be held to acknowledge the importance of those women who have positively contributed to their respective fields.
On Oct 7, a seminar on how to save the cultural jewels of Sindh will be organized. Eminent architect and conservationist Yasmeen Lari and German scholar Dr Michael Jansen are among the speakers. On Nov 18, a Balochistan evening is lined up. German archeologist Dr Ute Franke will deliver a talk on the province’s archeological sites on the occasion. The event will also have music and food from the region as its main features.
Other programmes that Dr Klinner mentioned were a trade delegation from Pakistan visit to Germany (Oct 30, 31), a roundtable on German-Pakistan relations and its European context (Nov 4), a lecture on Saarc and Pakistan (Sept 11), Academic Day: Study and Research in Germany (Nov 19), Sufi Night (Nov 26) and an exhibition of stamps illustrating the history of Germany (Nov 28).