Inheriting the Future, the Georgian-German Year 2017
18 April, 2017
Inheriting the Future, the Georgian-German Year 2017
On April 21 the Georgian-German Year 2017 will officially begin, with an opening ceremony to be held at Tbilisi City Assembly, marking and celebrating two of the most important dates: the arrival of the first German immigrants to Georgia 200 years ago and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 2018 will then mark 100 years since the recognition of independence for the first Democratic Republic of Georgia by Germany in 1918.

Under the patronage of the German and Georgian foreign ministers, with the slogan ‘Inheriting the Future,’ the Georgian-German Year 2017 program entails a series of important events to be organized in both countries with the financial and organizational support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Goethe Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. In addition, Georgia will be the Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018.

The involvement and participation of numerous partner organizations in the Georgia-Germany year-long celebratory program enables the showcasing of the existing diversity of strong ties between Georgia and Germany through a number of cultural events, theatrical performances, concerts, exhibitions, literature evenings, business forums and projects in the development, economic and sports spheres.

Goethe Institute President, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, and the Director for Cultural Relations Policy of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs i, will be coming to Tbilisi to attend the official opening ceremony on April 21. Within the opening ceremony
framework an exhibition titled ‘The Heritage of the Future -200 years: Georgian -German Stories’ will be held, showing materials illustrating the history of Georgian-German relations using a web archive created by the Georgian organization Sovlab, with the financial support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. The web archive aims to preserve and promote documents and historic sources related to Georgian-German relations.

The Georgian-German Year in Germany will officially be launched on April 26, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany in Berlin and will be attended by the Georgian and German Foreign Ministers.

More information regarding the Georgian-German Year can be found at www.facebook.com/DeuGeo2017.

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