Goethe Institute Lines Up Concerts, Films

ABU DHABI - Over the festive December, the Goethe Institute in Abu Dhabi has prepared a few cultural events for the public.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Thu 3 Dec 2009, 10:57 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:26 AM

The first will be concerts by Peilomat, a German rock group, featuring Hennich Marien (drums), Sebi Wagner (bass) and Flo Peil (vocals). Already famous in their home countries, Peilomat performs songs that the band feels are honest, direct and authentic, using a language that fans can relate to.

Its main concert in the UAE will take place on December 5, in Dubai Flea Market, Al Safa Park, followed by a concert for students only at the German school in Abu Dhabi, on December 6.

Also in Dubai, the Goethe Institute will organise ‘Dubai Reflections’, a photography exhibition by Berlin-based photographer Marlen Gawrisch and journalist Constantin Schreiber of DW-TV. The images are trying to capture the people living in one of the fastest growing metropolis in the world — who are they and what customs and traditions do they manage to preserve inan almost entirely artificial environment?

‘Dubai Reflections’ will take place at the Goethe Institute Centre in Dubai from December 6 to January 30.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009, ‘My Wall’, a series of short films by young international directors, has been chosen the creative focus for the sixth edition of the Berlin Today Award — the short film competition of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

‘My Wall’ will now be screened in Al Ain as well, at the Vocational Education and Training Institute.

The collection comprises ‘The Berlin Wall’ by Paul Cotter, Great Britain 2008, ‘My super sea wall’ by Gina Abatemarco, USA 2008, ‘Promenade’ by Sabine El Chamaa, Lebanon 2008, ‘Teleportation’ by Markus Dietrich, Germany 2008 and ‘Wagah’ by Supriyo Sen, India 2008.

The screening will take place at 6pm on December 7.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poetical approach to the Orient will inspire an evening of poetry accompanied by music, with recitals in both German and English. The event will take place on December 12, at the Goethe Institute Centre in Dubai.

More verses will be heard the following night, which will mark the closure of Goethe’s cultural events for the year. This time, it is going to be Schiller in Abu Dhabi.

In 2009, Germany celebrated the 250th birthday of one of its meaningful dramatists and poets — Schiller. Here, Goethe Institute will honour his work by presenting his classical drama ‘Kabale und Liebe’ (Intrigue and Love), a love story similar to ‘Romeo and Juliet’, with the setting that relates to the class distinctions between nobility and the middle class.

The evening of reading and lecture with Dr Ronald Perlwitz, professor at Sorbonne University – Abu Dhabi, will take place at the Goethe Institute in the capital on December 16.


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