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Past Events

 
 

Film Screening - The People vs Fritz Bauer

Dear Friends,
Below are the details of film screening for the month of August.
 
 The People vs. Fritz Bauer
  (Staat gegen Fritz Bauer, Der)
 
Director: Lars Kraume, Colour |1h 45min | Biography, Drama, Thriller | 1 October 2015 (Germany)
 
Plot:
In 1957 Germany, Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Burghart Klaußner) works with the Israeli intelligence agency to find and prosecute Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (Michael Schenk).THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER depicts the crucial years in the efforts of Frankfurt Chief Public Prosecutor Fritz Bauer to prosecute the leaders of the National Socialist regime and the resulting difficulties in post-war Germany.
 
You can find more info on this film on : http://www.derstaatgegenfritzbauer.de/home.html
 
Screening details:
Date : Saturday, the 5th of August
Time : 6:30 PM
Venue : the amphitheater

 
 

Film Screening

Dear Friends,

Below are the details of the Film Screening this month,

 Lichter (Distant Lights)

Director : Hans-Christian Schmid, Drama, 105min, 2013

 

Plot:

This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: A group of Ukrainian immigrants are smuggled into Poland. Once there, three teens -- Marko (Martin Kiefer), Katharina (Alice Dwyer) and Andreas (Sebastian Urzendowsky) -- smuggle cigarettes from Germany to Poland. Meanwhile, a black-market businessman tries to unload mattresses while warring with an employee, Milena (Aleksandra Justa). And Milena's husband, Antoni (Zbigniew Zamachowski), races against time to scrape together the cash to pay for his daughter's wedding dress.

 

Jazz

Jazz festival.. Come and enjoy

 

Classical concert

A new concert has been organised by Goethe zentrum on 18th of November 2011 at 5 O' Clock in Tagore Theatre.

You can buy the passes here for free. have a good time  

 

Roots Shots

On Sunday, the 03nd of September a marvelous piece of Indo-German Jazz concert  will be held at the Co-Bank Auditorium in Trivandrum.

 
 
 

Film Festival - 2016

We are glad to inform that the Goethe-Zentrum branch in Kochi had started its cultural activities and we are intending to bring quality programs to Kochi in the months to come. To kick start our cultural activities in Kochi, we had organized a German Film Festival together with the Cochin Film Society on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November. The festival had took place at the Children's Park Theater in Ernakulam and was inaugurated by the noted filmmaker Meckartin on Friday, 6th of November at 6 PM in the presence of other eminent personalities from the film and cultural world. Mr. Hibi Eden MLA was the chief guest, whereas another noted filmmaker and state award winner Abrid Shine had devivered a special address. Here are some photos from the event.

 

Summer Camp 2016

Here are some photos from the summer camp held at Goethe Zentrum, Trivandrum.

 
 

CLASSICAL SITAR CONCERT

In association with Soorya Cultural Society, the Goethe-Zentrum had offered a CLASSICAL SITAR CONCERT by Sebastian Dreyer from Germany.

 

Essay Competition together with BASF

The Goethe-Zentrum organized an Essay Competition on 2nd of December together with the German Chemical Giant, BASF. This was part of the programs BASF has initiated to celebrate the "Year of Chemistry". 

The topic of the competition was "Chemistry is NOT Pollution". More than hundred students from several schools in the city participated in this competition. Fabulous prizes are waiting for the winners. The awards will be announced at a colourful function on the 27th of January in Trivandrum, in the presence of the CMD of BASF, Shri Prasad Chandran and H.E. Dr. Ingo Karsten, the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

International Youth Summit

The Kerala State Youth Welfare Board organized a three day conference on “ International Perspectives on Youth Development” at Trivandrum. A symposium on this was held on 28th January 2016, moderated by Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP and attended by the Goethe-Zentrum Director, Dr. Syed Ibrahim.

 

 

40th year celebrations of IGCC

The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore celebrated its 40th Anniversary on 18th of February. The German Ambassador to India, His Excellency Dr. Martin Ney was the chief guest. Dr. Syed Ibrahim, honorary representative of the IGCC in Kerala, attended this milestone event and interacted with the German Ambassador and other prominent guests including the Consul General and stalwarts from the industries. 

 

Quiz Competition-2016

On 16th January 2016 Goethe-Zentrum  had organized an all Kerala Inter-school Quiz competition at Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School, Kowdiar , Trivandrum

More than 280 students had participated on that day and L’ecole Chempaka bagged the first place in the both categories( Juniors & Seniors).

 

Digging Deep Crossing Far

An exhibition depicting the participation of hundreds of thousands of Indian soldiers in the First World War and their prison days in Germany, curated by the eminent German artist Elke Falat, was organized at the Pepper House in Fort Kochi from 2nd to 7th of January. This was a joint project with the Kochi Biennale Foundation.

 

IIFK Reception 2015

Here are some photos from the Dinner reception given to the IFFK Guests

 
 

Poets Translating Poets

Together with Goethe-Institut Chennai, we had organized a one-week poetry translation workshop in Raviz Kollam, in which three eminent German and six well-known poets from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have participated. We had organized a presentation of the poems resulted out of this workshop on Saturday evening 7 PM at the amphitheater in Goethe-Zentrum.

 

7.Geburtstag!

Dear Friends, 

With immense pleasure and pride we share with you the pictures from our 7th Birthday Celebrations.

 

ROOTS & SHOOTS JAZZ CONCERT

On Sunday, the 22nd of November a marvelous piece of Indo-German Jazz concert  was held at the Co-Bank Auditorium in Trivandrum. Here are some photos from the event.

 

LAJAZZO JAZZ CONCERT

On Friday, 13th of November, 29 young musicians from the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg had presented a modern Jazz concert under the leadership of Prof. Rainer Tempel. at Tagore theater at Trivandrum. The Concert was organized by the Goethe-Institut in association with the German Consulate General in Bangalore. Lajazzo, as they are fondly called, is one of the most acclaimed and appreciated modern orchestras in Germany, with more than 300 musicians performing at various concerts around the world. Here are some photos from the event.

 

Film Festival at Kochi 2015

We are glad to inform that the Goethe-Zentrum branch in Kochi had started its cultural activities and we are intending to bring quality programs to Kochi in the months to come. To kick start our cultural activities in Kochi, we had organized a German Film Festival together with the Cochin Film Society on the 6th, 7th and 8th of November. The festival had took place at the Children's Park Theater in Ernakulam and was inaugurated by the noted filmmaker Meckartin on Friday, 6th of November at 6 PM in the presence of other eminent personalities from the film and cultural world. Mr. Hibi Eden MLA was the chief guest, whereas another noted filmmaker and state award winner Abrid Shine had devivered a special address. Here are some photos from the event.

 

Intercollegiate Quiz Competition

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of German Unity, the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum, in association with the German Consulate General in Bangalore, organized an intercollegiate Quiz Competition on this topic at the St. Teresa's College in Kochi on Friday, the 30th of October. 

The overwhelming participation of more than 40 teams from Kannur to Kattakada surpassed all our expectations. The enthusiasm shown by the participants and the interest, with which they displayed, needs a special mention here. 

 

Ms. Sudha Pradeep was the quiz master, who not only just played the role of a talented quiz conductor, but also entertained the audience with her natural talent. 

At a very tightly fought competition, the following teams emerged as the winners with cash awards and certificates. 

Not only the winners, every participant was given a token cash award and a gift from the Consulate General, as a mark of appreciation for the interest shown by them. 

The awards were given away by Sr. Dr. Vinita, Director of St. Teresa's College and the Consul Mr. Friedrich Ortmann.

 

1st Prize                :  Central University of Kerala, Capital Centre, Trivandrum received a cash award of INR 15,000/-

2nd Prize               : U .C College, Aluva received a cash award of INR 10,000/-

3rd Prize               : Medical College, Trivandrum received a cash award of INR 5,000/-

 

4th Prize               : Malabar Christian College, Calicut received a cash award of INR 3,000/-

 

 

GERMAN PRESIDENT CONFERS Cross of the Order of Merit ON OUR DIRECTOR

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of German Unification a celebration was held on 3rd October at Vivanta by Taj in Trivandrum. A highlight of this year’s celebration was that the German Consul General in Bangalore, Mr. Jörn Rohde, presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Dr. Syed Ibrahim, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum in Trivandrum. The President of the Federal Republic of Germany conferred this highest civilian award on Dr. Syed for the services he has been rendering to promote Indo-German relations.

 

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by the then Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work. No pecuniary reward is attached.

 

The federal decoration was handed over to Dr. Syed in the presence of the Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson and G. Vijaya Raghavan, member of the State Planning board at a colourful function held in the city. The event was attended by prominent personalities from different walks of life.

 

In his speech, the Consul General detailed the changes the unified Germany has gone through the last 25 years after the fall of the wall and the economic success it could achieve to help today to manage difficult situations like the Greek crisis or the refugee influx to Europe. 

 

 

MoU with Vimala College

Goethe-Zentrum signs MoU with Vimala College, Trichur to offer German classes. The program was inaugurated on 10th September by the Director Dr. Syed Ibrahim in the presence of the principal Sister Maries V.L.

 
 
 
 

When Photography Captures Nature

 

Photography Workshop with Sabine

Goethe-Zentrum had organized a photography workshop by the famous German photographer and winner of the prestigious Hasselblad Master Photographers Ms. Sabine Schruender on Saturday, the 8th of August in Trivandrum. Here are some photos from the event.

 

CG Visits the Kochi Zentrum

The Consul General H.E. Jörn Rohde paid a visit to the Goethe-Zentrum branch in Kochi last week. During his visit he interacted with the students and explained to them the benefits of studying and doing research in Germany.

 

Student Festival 2015

Here are some photos from the student festival 2015 held at Goethe Zentrum.

 

Seminar on Higher Studies and Research in Germany

The Goethe-Zentrum director Dr. Syed Ibrahim conducted a seminar on Higher Studies and Research in Germany during the HORIZON educational fair, organized recently by Malayala Manorama in Trivandrum. In his presentation, Dr. Syed highlighted the sailent features and the endless opportunities offered by the German universities for students from India.

 
 

GOETHE-ZENTRUM GETS QUALITY ACCREDITATION

With great pleasure we wish to inform you that the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum has won the Quality Accreditation from the Goethe-Institut. At a colourful function at its amphitheater, blessed by the heavy rain, Mr. Heiko Sievers – Director of GI, Regional Headquarters in New Delhi – handed over the Accreditation Plaque to Goethe-Zentrum director, Syed Ibrahim. The presence of Ms. Andrea Schäfer, Head of the language department in GI, Bangalore, Mr. Robin Mallick, Head of the program department, GI-Delhi and Ms. Amita Desai, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad highlighted the importance of this event.

We present before you with pride and pleasure our accreditation certificate!

 

Tribute to Günter Grass

Günter Grass wrote dramas, poems, and especially fiction, the list of his works is very long, among them "Cat and Mouse" and "Dog Years," which, together with “The Tin Drum” were part of his famous "Gdansk Trilogy;" "Local Anesthetic," "The Flounder," "The Rat," "The Call of the Toad," and "Crabwalk." Most of his works dealt with political conditions and social upheaval, like the sinking of a refugee ship in the Baltic Sea in 1945, the role of intellectuals in the uprising in former East Germany in 1953, the student protests of 1968, federal election campaigns and political relations between the East and West. No other German writer was as controversial as Günter Grass. Despite the powerful literary pieces he produced and the Nobel Prize that he won, he had to face scathing criticism for his alleged association with National Socialism. 

We, the entire team at Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum pay our respectful homage to a great writer and thinker who passed away on 13th of April in Lübeck. 

 
 

Identity & Conflicts

Goethe-Zentrum has presented ‘Identity & Conflict’: Expression through Cinema on 25. March., a short film festival featuring award-winning works dealing with issues such as nationality, ethinicity, gender, family history and migration. The curator was Stefanie Schulte Strathaus from Germany. The event was organised in association with L .V Prasad Film and TV Academy, was at the amphitheatre of the centre from 7pm.

 

Our Director Gets Doctorate

We are glad to inform that our Director Mr. Syed Ibrahim has been awarded the Ph.D. Degree in German Literature by the University of Kerala for his doctoral thesis on the topic "Portrayal of the Crowds in the Works of Elias Canetti". Though he had started working on this way back in 1994, professional and personal commitments kept him away from the research work for more than ten years. However, he decided to resume it in 2010 and submitted his thesis in May 2012. The open defence was held on 22nd of January at the department of German and it was attended by prominent personalities from different walks of life like the noted writer Paul Zacharia, honorary Consul of the Russian Federation Dr. Ratheesh C. Nair,  Prof. Achuth Sankar, Head of the Department of Bio-Informatics as well as several Humboldt Fellows. 

Elias Canetti was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1981 for his 35-year-long study on the phenomenon of crowds and the seminal work titled "Masse und Macht" (Crowds and Power).

 

German Day

Here are some photos from the German Day celebrations.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Goethe-Zentrum!

We celebrated the 4th anniversary of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum. Going by the tradition, the many kids in our Kinderkurse did not let us go without a colorful celebration. They all gathered to cut the cake and sing Happy Birthday to the Goethe-Zentrum. 

How fast time flies! But we feel happy and proud about the fact that in these last four years we were able to offer you a wide range of cultural programs and language courses. 

Thank you very much for your support!

 

Run Kerala Run

Students and staff members of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum had participated in the RUN FOR KERALA event on 20th of January in Trivandrum, in order to promote the 35th National Games. The mass run was organized in all major cities and towns of Kerala to create awareness about this sporting event. Goethe-Zentrum is proud to be part of this event.

 

GERMAN DELEGATION VISITS KERALA

The German city of Kaiserslautern located in the breathtakingly beautiful state of Rhineland-Palatinate is currently on an exploratory trip to Kerala. A high-level delegation led by its Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel is leading this delegation on a three-day “get-to-know” visit to Kerala. The delegation comprises Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach, executive director of the coveted German research institute Fraunhofer Institut, Mr. Michael Wenk, CEO of a big IT park named PRE-PARK in Kaiserslautern, Dr. Werner Weiss, Managing Director of a leading IT companycalled Insiders Technologies GmbH and Mr. Daniel Kutscher from the Hohenstaufen grammar school in Kaiserslautern.

The delegation was organized by the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum as part of its efforts to further intensify the cooperation between Kerala and Germany in different fields and areas. Mr. Vijaya Raghavan, Member of the State Planning Board and Mr. Syed Ibrahim, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum accompanied the delegation during its meetings with the Chief Minister Mr. Oommen Chandy. They also visited the Technopark and had extensive talks with some start-up companies there. The Lord Mayor held specific talks with the Secretary – Tourism, Mr. Suman Billa IAS to discuss concrete steps for a mutually beneficial cooperation. The Lord Mayor invited both him and the IT Secretary Mr. P.H. Kurien to visit Kaiserslautern next week, when they take the flight to Germany to respectively attend the CeBIT IT Fair in Hannover and the ITB Tourism Fair in Berlin.

 

Happy Vishu

Here is a picture drawn by one of our little participants in the summer camp in connection with "Vishu".

 

DR. Shashi Tharoor inaugurates KV Art Show at the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum

In cooperation with the Kendriya Vidyalaya school in Pattom, Trivandrum, the Goethe-Zentrum organized an art expo to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan. The art expo was inaugurated by the honorable minister of State for Human Resources Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor on Saturday, the 4th of May at a colorful function organized at the Goethe-Zentrum. The expo presented the creative visual images of 143 children from the KV, Pattom. In his inaugural speech and later while interacting with the students, Dr. Tharoor stressed on the need to learn a foreign language in today's changing global scenario and the benefit the students would get from learning a foreign language like German. He expressed his strong intention to support such projects and spent more than an hour at the Zentrum, showing a keen interest in closely studying and appreciating the works of the talented, young artists. Mr. Markus Biechele, Director - Language Department, Goethe-Insitut, South Asia Region - spoke about the significance of the German language project that the Goethe-Institut has initiated last year with the KVS and extended all his support to make this project a successful one. He was accompanied by Ms. Alicia Padros, Head of the School Partnership Projects. Mr. G. Vijaya Raghavan, Chairperson of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum welcomed the gathering.

 

4th FILM FESTIVAL

For the first ever time, the Goethe-Zentrum organized a DJ show at the amphitheater. Unlike the conventional DJ shows known to us, we presented a mix of Indian and Latin American fusion program for the kids and families who had gathered at the Zentrum to enjoy this musical evening, which was part of the Onam celebrations. Famous Argentinian DJ Andres Oddone played his Latin American digital mix with two local percussionists Jayadevan (Mridangam) and Ramesh Kumar (Tabala) to create a wonderful piece of hitherto unheard combination of music that went beyond any cultural or linguistic barrier. Andres Oddone had come to India to participate in the Residency project of the Goethe-Institut in Bangalore and we are so glad that he took time to come down to Trivandrum together with his partner Johanna and left an indelible evening of music in the hearts of the audience. Here, some pictures from that evening.

 

ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

Christoph Mett belongs to one of the finest and most-renowned book illustrators in Germany. We had organized a weekend-workshop by Christoph Mett on 5th and 6th of November at the Goethe-Zentrum. The workshop had focused on the techniques and creativity of the art of illustration, revolving around sketches, photographs and books published by Christoph Mett. He came to India for the first time and ONLY to hold this workshop for the children in the city.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION By THOMAS BRENNER

As part of the German Festival in India, we are offering a different kind of photographic experience to the city dwellers. Thomas Brenner belongs to the elite group of highly acclaimed contemporary photographers and visual experts in Germany. His main areas of interests are:
Industry
Corporate
Architecture
People & Politics
Fashion
Transportation
Magazines
Thomas Brenner studied at the prestigious multimedia school in Essen. Today, alongside his professional assignments, he also takes classes at the Technical University in Trier, Germany. Instead of just taking the pictures, Thomas Brenner translates his creative ideas into visual narrations through the medium of photography. Today, he is one of the most sought-after professional photographers in Germany. Thomas Brenner is in Trivandrum as part of a cultural cooperation between his hometown Kaiserslautern and the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum. 
An exhibition of Brenner's select photographs will be on display at the Museum lawns from 25th to 28th of November. 
Together with Malayala Manorama, the Goethe-Zentrum ran a contest to select 27 participants to attend the workshop on 26th and 27th at Trivandrum and Kottoor.

 

Goethe-Zentrum celebrates 3rd Birthday

We are very happy to inform you that we have now turned the magic number of 3! We celebrated it at a simple function in the presence of our guests from Germany attending the International Film Festival of Kerala, the little participants in our children's German courses, staff members and Robin Mallick, the Director of our program department in New Delhi. 

Of course, there was a big black forest cake for all of them to linger the taste of togetherness. We take this opportunity to thank all of you to help us make this Zentrum a cultural landmark of Germany in Kerala. Thank You! 

Here are some pictures for you….

 

Essay Competition Awards Ceremony & Puppet Theater Show by Kinderkinder from Hamburg

It was a day of high-tension on 27th of January. On that evening, at a colourful function organized by the Goethe-Zentrum together with BASF at the Co-Bank Towers Hall, some four hundreds children, their parents and teachers witnessed the awards ceremony to celebrate the Year of Chemistry Essay Competition held in December 2011. 
The awards in the English category were given away by Shri Prasad Chandran, CMD of BASF Group of Companies Ltd. (India & Asia), whereas those in the Malayalam category were given away by Shri Hans-Guenter Loeffler, Dy. Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany. 
The certificates of merit for the individual schools were awarded by Syed Ibrahim, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum 
The award ceremony was followed by a breathtakingly beautiful puppet show by the Kinderkinder Theater from Hamburg under Mr. Stephan von Loewis of Menar. 
The beautiful story of "Sanjay and his Master" woven in an Indian setting and presented by Mathias with unbelievable perfection left the audience of both children and adults breathless. 
We wish to express our gratitude to both BASF and Kinderkinder for making that evening an unforgettable experience for the hundreds of children!

 

KV Youth Camp

Here are some photos of the KV Youth camps held at Isola di Cocco and Bolgatty Palace.

 

MAGIG SHOW BY MARKUS ZINK

It was an evening filled in magic at the Goethe-Zentrum. Recently, Markus Zink from Germany mesmerized the audience of kids and the big ones with his magical skills and tricks that led to unending bursts of laughter. Here are some pictures for you.

 

SEMINAR ON VISA FORMALITIES TO GERMANY

The German Consulate General in Bangalore had organized a session on "Visa Formalities to Germany" on Friday, the 17th of February at the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum. Ms. Susanne Henseleit, Consul and Head of the Visa Section, had explained the new formalities and answered the questions. This seminar was meant for students and researchers. For the business community, a separate session was organized on the same day at 11.30 AM at the Technopark. It was a free seminar and prior registration was necessary.

 

Summer Camp

It was time of fantastic activities at the Goethe-Zentrum. Ninety-five children from different parts of the city, even from outside, participated in the Summer Camp this year. They had not only pure fun with lot of activities and workshops, they went back home on the 11th of May with enriched minds and experienced hands. The camp took them through the realms of shadowgraphy, puppetry, creative writing, sculpting, theatre etc…. 
They presented their newly learned skills at a fabulous and colorful KINDERFEST on the evening of May 11. More than three hundred parents, children and friends of the Zentrum gathered on a rainy evening to witness these programs, which concluded with a sumptuous dinner on our lawns. 
See you next year! 

Here are some pictures from the action-filled Summer Camp 2012.

 

Puppet Show

Goethe-Zentrum had organized a puppet show by the renowned German artists on Saturday, the 28th of July at 7PM.

 

Swiss Film Festival

Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum, in association with the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi had organized a Swiss Film Festival from 27th to 30th of September at the amphitheater. This was the first time that a Swiss Film festival is being organized in the city.

 

KV YOUTH CAMP IN THEKKADY

It was a memorable experience for the 55 children from 11 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Kerala. As you may recollect, the Goethe-Institut has entered a cooperation with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan to teach German at the KV schools in India. The number of children opting for German is increasing regularly and this prompted the Goethe-Institut to organize Youth Camps at various locations in India. The KV pupils from Kerala were taken in three luxury buses to the plantation resort Carmelia Haven in Vandanmedu, near Thekkady for a three-day camp, during which they learned German in a natural environment. The numerous activities offered by the Goethe-Zentrum team led by Ms. Sudha Pradeep took the participants to an exciting world of German. Pictures speak more than 1000 words… So, please have a look at these photographs from the camp.

 
 

FOOTBALL FEVER AT GOETHE-ZENTRUM

Germany's first match against Portugal saw hundreds of football lovers flocking to the Goethe-Zentrum even during the late night hours to witness the crushing defeat Portugal had to accept. Here are some photos from that football screening….

 

Seminar on Higher Studies and Research

The German Academic Exchange Service (known as DAAD), an autonomous body working under the auspices of the Federal German government, organized a seminar at the Goethe-Zentrum on the possibilities of doing higher studies and research in Germany. From around the world, some 3 lakhs students are currently studying or doing research in Germany. After the United States of America, Germany is now ranked as the most-preferred destination by Indian students and research fellows. The seminar was conducted by Shilpa Pandeswhar, Information Officer of DAAD from Bangalore. In her presentation, she explained in details the educational system existing at the German universities, with particular thrust on the highly respected Technical Universities in the nine major cities. The German universities do not take any fees for the courses, except for the two federal states where the students have to pay a semester fee of 500 Euros, approximately 35,000 Rupees. With the introduction of the BLUE CARD, Germany now permits the non-EU students to seek employment in Germany and settle down there. After completing the studies or research, they are now allowed to stay in Germany for eighteen months to search and find a suitable job. This has increased the interest on Germany as a preferred destination to study and work, said Ms. Pandeshwar. 

The seminar was attended by more than 150 students from different colleges and other educational institutions in the city.

 
 

MEETING A LEGEND

For the 100 plus children from the four Kendriya Vidyalayas in the city, it was an exciting moment to cherish. Eminent photographer from Germany, Helga Paris spent a full afternoon with these children at the Durbar Hall, answering their curious questions about photography, the techniques she used to capture the images that are on display there. With lot of attention and patience she listened to the children, who gathered around her like bees around sugar to get as much information as possible on a subject they seem to have embraced.
Within the framework of the exhibition, the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum invited these children to send a photograph they have taken on any person or object in and around Kochi. The entries were carefully examined by Helga Paris and her photographer son Robert Paris and ten winners were selected for the cash awards. 

Here are the prize details 
Third Prize (Rs. 2,000): 
Gowrinandan R., 7 A. 
Second Prize (Rs. 3,000): 
Krishnadev, 8 A. 
First Prize (Rs. 5,000): 
Sanjay, 7 A. 

The Deputy Commissioner of the KVS, Mr. Selvaraj gave away the awards to the winners.

 

INTER-SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION FOR KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS IN KERALA

For the first time in India, the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum organized an inter-school Quiz on Germany for the Kendriya Vidyalaya students in Kerala. The entire state was divided into three zones, namely Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Calicut. The zonal rounds in Calicut and Trivandrum were held on Thursday, the 29th of November at the KV Calicut No.1 and KV Pangode respectively. The zonal round in Calicut as well as the GRAND FINAL was held in KV Ernakulam. The winners from the zonal rounds were: 

TRIVANDRUM Zonal: 
1.First Prize Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom, Ayisha Salim & Nandana.A.S.
2.Second Prize NTPC Kayamkulam Manu Jose Antony & Megha Treesa Mathew
3. Third Prize Kendriya Vidyalaya Pangode Anantha Rajeev & Bharath Nair

CALICUT Zonal: 
1. First Prize Kendriya Vidyalaya Payyannur Devanand V & Tejas Manoj
2. Second Prize Kendriya Vidyalaya Keltron Nagar Ankith.B. Nambiar & Niranjana M.T
3. Third Prize Kendriya Vidyalaya Hemambika Nagar Palakkad Sruthi P.M. & Athira Gangadharan

At a nail-biting finish at the finals, the participants from KV Keltron Nagar in KANNUR emerged as the State Level First Prize Winners for the year 2012. The team from KV Rubber Board Kottayam won the second prize, whereas the host school KV Ernakulam fought a tension-rich battle to win the third prize. The winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-, Rs. 5,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- respectively. The other three finalist teams were given a consolation prize of Rs. 1,000/- each. Ms. Sreekumari, Principal of KV Ernakulam gave away the prizes. The audience was also given a lot of "goodies" for their sportive and encouraging participation. 
Here are some pictures for you:

 

FOCUS SWITZERLAND

The Goethe-Zentrum premises wore an almost reddish blanket on Wednesday, the 5th of December. For the first time, the Zentrum, in association with the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi, organized a seminar showcasing the linguistic, multi-cultural, political, geographical and touristic elements of Switzerland, attended by more than a hundred participants, mostly students. Mr. Martin Strub, Minister and Dy. Chief of Mission from the Swiss Embassy led the seminar in a very interactive and interesting manner. The participants were divided into smaller groups so that each group could go to the different "stations" and educate themselves about the various facets of Switzerland. Short films depicting the multicultural and touristic destinations of Switzerland were also screened at the amphitheater. A separate, parallel session was held for the students from the Department of German, University of Kerala, and the teachers of the Goethe-Zentrum. Prof. Dr. Latha Tampi, head of the Department of German presented a vivid sketch of the works by the famous Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt. In his welcome speech, Mr. Syed Ibrahim, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum, highlighted that it was one of the objectives of the Zentrum to present not only Germany, but also the other German-speaking countries through such events at the Zentrum. The seminar came to a close with a sumptuous lunch, whereby the participants also got the chance to taste the Swiss Rösti, improvised by the Café Berlin at the Zentrum.

 

15-month long Festival of Germany in India

We are very glad to inform you that the 15-month long Festival of Germany in India was inaugurated in Trivandrum on Friday, the 30th of September by the Honourable Minister for Cultural Affairs, Shri K.C. Joseph together with the Air Marshall Commanding-in-Chief Shri S.P. Singh and the Dy. Consul General Shri Hans-Guenter Loeffler at a very colourful function attended by hundreds of guests. Shri Prasad Chandran, Chairman and Managing Director of BASF India Ltd., Shri Rakesh Gupta, Managing Director of ACIS, Technopark, Shri Vijaya Raghavan, Smt. Dr. Lata Thampi and Syed Ibrahim, Director of the Goethe-Zentrum spoke on the occasion. The inauguration was followed by a vibrant fusion dance performance titled "Meeting with You and Me" by Dr. Alekhya Punjala and Victoria Hauke.

 

Theatre Workshop at Vithura

An unusual weekend in an unusual setting. For the 29 children learning German at the Zentrum, it was a completely unusual experience with their counterparts in Vithura, which is hardly 40 km away from Trivandrum; still, completely different in specific means. Organized by the local "Suhruth Nataka Kalari" (Friends Theatre Group), the two-day drama workshop in natural settings near a canal surrounded by lush greenery, presented to the city-kids a wealth of unknown talents hidden in their minds and bodies. Braving the hot days on that weekend, the children enjoyed the camp to the fullest and jointly presented a small piece of drama strung together from whatever they had learned over the two days from the camp director Shri. Sudhakaran. The objective of the Goethe-Zentrum through such activities is to remove the gaps between the city-based and village-based children, bring them together and assist them to work as a team to nurture their artistic talents to produce a completely different theatrical experience. The children from Vithura will soon be invited to visit the Zentrum and continue the practice sessions with our children. The goal is to set-up a combined theatre group, which would later work with a children's group from Germany.

 

Dy. Consul General Visits the Goethe-Zentrum

It was our pride and privilege to welcome the new Dy. Consul General, Mr. Hans-Günter Löffler at the Goethe-Zentrum on the 30th of September. It was his first visit to Kerala, during which Mr. Löffler visited the Department of German at the Kerala University as well as the world-renowned Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST) in Valiyamala and held detailed discussions with the Director Dr. Dasgupta and his team of colleagues to establish academic and cultural relationship between the IISST and German institutions of esteem. The Director of the Goethe-Zentrum Mr. Syed Ibrahim was present at this meeting and offered all possible support to the IISST with regard to cultural programs.

 

CONSUL GENERAL VISITS THE GOETHE-ZENTRUM

We are extremely honoured by the visit of the newly appointed Consul General H.E. Dr. Ingo Karsten together with his wife Mrs. Toshiko Karsten at the Goethe-Zentrum on Monday. They were received by Mr. G. Vijaya Raghavan and the entire team of staff members. Dr. Karsten spent an hour at the Zentrum, interacting with the team and also with the students.

 

CONCERT By MINGUET QUARTET

Europe's one of the most famous classical concert band MINGUET QUARTET had performed in Trivandrum on Sunday, the 20th of November at 7 PM at the Co-Bank Towers.

 

Flying Bboy AIRDIT in Trivandrum

In association with the Department of Tourism, the Goethe-Zentrum had staged a performance by AirDit on Thursday, the 16th of January at 7 PM at the E.K. Nayanar Park in East Fort. This light and sound dance performance was coordinated by Phani Kumar from Bangalore. 

As a curtain raiser, there was a workshop on the same day from 2 to 5 PM for youngsters who want to learn or fine-tune their Bboy/Bgirl dancing talents.

 

GERMAN AMBASSADOR VISITS GOETHE-ZENTRUM

The German Ambassador H.E. Mr. Michael Steiner and his wife Eliese Steiner paid a visit to the Goethe-Zentrum on 23rd December to meet more than 250 school children from the Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in the city and some other schools where German is being taught. The German Ambassador conquered the hearts of the children when he sat among them and interacted without any formality of his diplomatic position. The KV children presented cultural programs in German, which were very much appreciated by the Ambassador. 

The Ambassador stressed in his speech that today the world of opportunities is getting bigger and bigger and learning a foreign language like German helps the students to explore and make use of these possibilities. More than political, it is the people to people connect that the German Ambassador considered important through the activities undertaken by Germany through its language and cultural centers.

 

Goethe-Zentrum celebrates 5 Years

Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum celebrated its 5th anniversary on the 7th of December. Hon. Dy. Consul General Shri. Hans-Guenter Loeffler and hon. Chief Secretary Shri Bharat Bhushan were the chief guests. Mr. Loeffler lauded the efforts taken by the Goethe-Zentrum to promote German language in Kerala and the several projects it has undertaken to expand the scope of bilateral relations between Kerala and Germany. The Chiief Secretary, in his speech, appreciated the role played by the Goethe-Zentrum and wished it all success in the years to come. Mr. G. Vijaya Raghavan, Chairperson of the Goethe-Zentrum, specifically mentioned the professionalism reflected by the Zentrum in its various activities and thanked the staff members for the dedication and sincerity shown by them. 
The Chief Secretary presented a gift and certificate of appreciation to the four staff members who have been with the Goethe-Zentrum ever since its inception and continue to contribute to the ever-growing success of the Zentrum. These were Mrs. Sudha Pradeep, Head of the language department, Mrs. Celine Abraham, Mrs. Radhika Sagar and Mrs. Sheena Syed. 
This colourful function in the presence of 400 plus audience was followed by a marvelous European classical music concert by the world-renowned couple Reinhard Armleder and Dagmar Hartmann. 
After this mesmerizing concert, the guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at the lawns of the Mascot Hotel. 
We take this opportunity to thank once again all our friends and well-wishers!

 

Seminar on Laser Applications and Nanosciences

In association with the Ramanujam Institute for Basic Sciences, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Humboldt Club of Kerala and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Goethe-Zentrum organized a three-day high level conference on laser applications and nanosciences from 5th to 7th of December at Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum. Dy. Consul General Shri. Hans-Guenter Loeffler inaugurated the conference in the presence of the Vice Chairman of KSCSTE, Prof. Shri. Rajasekharan Pillai and Dr. Monika Sharma, Senior Program Officer of DFG in India. Prof. Rajappan Nair and Prof. Joseph Francis from the Humboldt Club also spoke on this occasion. 
On 6th of December, the honorable Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri. Oommen Chandy, pleasantly surprised and honoured the scientists from Germany and India as well as the hundred plus delegates with his presence and interaction with the participants. We thank our honorable Chief Minister for this wonderful gift to a scientific conference.

 

Mateo Live

Here are some photos from the Mateo Live event held on 1st of November 2014 at Trivandrum

 

Jazz Concert By Jansen

Goethe-Zentrum had organised a Jazz Concert By Jansen on 30th of October 2014 at Hotel Hilton Garden Inn, Trivandrum. Here are some photos for you from the event.

 

FILM SCREENING on 6th Sep 2014

The screening of the film Dicke Maedchen (HEAVY GIRLS) was held on,Saturday the 6th of September 2014 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 
 

Rain in Frame

Goethe-Zentrum had organized a one-day workshop for rain-loving amateur/hobby photographers in Trivandrum. Eminent German photographer Andre Luetzen has been residing in Kochi since two weeks as part of a month-long residency on invitation from the Goethe-Institut to document life in Kochi from different angles and perspectives. Within the framework of this residency, Goethe-Zentrum had brought Andre to Trivandrum to conduct a workshop at the Zentrum on Saturday, the 21st of June, 2014. The topic of this workshop was "Rain in Frame" as the Monsoon rains are making an impact on our lives here in the city. 

There are some photos for you which had won the prizes in the competition.

 
 

The Way We Live

Together with the National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), the Goethe-Zentrum had organised a short film festival on people with disabilities. These films have been carefully selected from the international short film festival titled "Wie Wir Leben" in Munich. The festival had not only include a specially curated package of films but also talks and discussions.

 

Bayerish Creme 2014

Bayerisch Crème belongs to the list of highly acclaimed folk music bands in Germany. Through their vibrant and melodious songs, accompanied by dance, they have created a niche for themselves, presenting the cultural beauty and diversity of Bavaria in an entertaining and enjoyable form. Bayerish Crème comes from Upper Bavaria, where the cool breeze from the Alps rejuvenates the musical minds of the people living there. The program takes the audience to the world of Bavarian culture, lifestyle and rituals. They came to Kerala for the first time with music instruments that are very unique for this region. Here are some photos for you.

 
 
 

Onam Celebrations 2013

Every year the Goethe-Zentrum organizes a colourful Onam festival before we close the institute for the Onam vacation. This year too, the students and staff members put up a vibrant Athappookalam in front of the centre. This was followed by a sumptuous Onasadya on the banana leaf. Not only the adults, but also the tens of children in our language courses vied with each other to present the most beautiful floral carpet. They did not shy away from presenting some nice Onam songs before they were served with the traditional Payasam, which left a lingering taste of togetherness in their minds. 

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FILM SCREENING 4th May 2013

The screening of the film DAS LEBEN IST EINE BAUSTELLE was held on,Saturday the 4th of May 2013 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 

Sitar Tabla Concert

Sitar Tabla Concert by Pandit Kushal Das and Florian Schiertz from Germany was held at Goethe Zentrum on 22nd February 2013 as a tribute to Pandit Ravi Shankar. 
Here are some photos for you.

 

DINNER RECEPTION @ IFFK

Goethe-Institut, together with the Festival Director of IFFK, Shri Priyadarshan, organized a dinner reception on Sunday, the 11th of December to honour the DEFA-Delegation from Germany and also the other guests attending the IFFK-2012. Shri. Vijaya Raghavan, Chairperson of the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum welcomed the dignitaries and the other guests. Known and unknown giants from the world of cinema across the globe painted the evening with a multitude of colours to the evening. Shri Priyadarshan, in his short speech, highlighted the efforts taken by the DEFA Foundation to preserve the tens of thousands of films that were made during the GDR Era. In his speech, Shri Prakash Raj, one of the most popular actors from South India, made a special mention about the cultural diversity thrown open to the world's audience after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 
 

FILM SCREENING on 3rd Nov 2012

The screening of the film "DISTANT LIGHTS" (Original title: LICHTER) was held on,Saturday the 3rd of November 2012 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 

FILM SCREENING 1st Sep 2012

The screening of the film " WINTERTOCHTER " was held on,Saturday the 1st of September 2012 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 

Onam Celebrations 2012

Goethe Zentrum celebrated Onam in a traditional way and here are some pictures for you.

 

FILM SCREENING 4th August 2012

The screening of the film "Der Sommer des Falken" (The Summer of the Hawk) was held on,Saturday the 4th of August 2012 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 
 

FILM SCREENING on 2nd June 2012

The screening of the film When we leave ('Die Fremde') was held on,Saturday the 2nd of June 2012 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 
 
 
 
 

FILM SCREENING 5th November 2011

The screening of the film Grill Point (Halbe Treppe) (original title) was held on,Saturday the 5th of November 2011 at the Goethe-Zentrum.

 

DOCEDGE FILM FILM FESTIVAL

Taking a deviation from the path of feature films, last Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th October 2011) we had presented DocEdge, a documentary festival with 11 award-winning documentaries, selected entries from the DOK Leipzig Film Festival, as well as other award-winning films from the Baltic states, China and India.