Cel­e­brate 30th Ger­man Unity Day by join­ing these ac­tiv­i­ties

Kyiv Post - - BUSINESS - By Yana Mokhonchuk yanamokhon­chuk@ gmail.com

De­spite all the un­cer­tainty that the COVID‑19 pan­demic brought to the world in 2020, Ger­many has an im­por­tant mile­stone to cel­e­brate this year — its 30th an­niver­sary of re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion.

Held an­nu­ally on Oct. 3, Ger­man Unity Day is the coun­try’s na­tional hol­i­day that marks the re­union of the Ger­man Demo­cratic Repub­lic ( East Ger­many) and the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many (West Ger­many). The two states were di­vided for 45 years since the end of the World War II, with the de­feat of Nazi Ger­many and Adolf Hitler. The di­vi­sion lasted un­til 1990.

To cel­e­brate the na­tional hol­i­day, the Ger­man Em­bassy in Ukraine is ar­rang­ing a num­ber of events to in­tro­duce their cul­ture, his­tory and lan­guage.

One of their main events is Deutsche Wohnen, or Ger­many Weeks, a fes­ti­val that has been held in Kyiv ev­ery Oc­to­ber since 2013. It nor­mally fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties de­voted to Ger­man-Ukrainian co­op­er­a­tion in busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­ture.

Since mass gath­er­ings are banned in Ukraine un­der the COVID‑19 quar­an­tine, Ger­many Weeks will, for the most part, be held on­line un­der the slo­gan “vir­tu­ally to­gether.” The slo­gan can be used as a hash­tag to search for events on­line.

Run­ning on Sept. 28-Oct. 23, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in 16 Ukrainian cities. In most of them, res­i­dents will be able to find QR

codes in public places that, af­ter scan­ning, will trans­fer them to “the on­line world” of Ger­man Weeks. The QR codes will be avail­able in Kyiv, Dnipro, Ch­erni­hiv, Ch­er­nivtsi, Kharkiv, Kropy­vnyt­skyi, Lviv, Lutsk, Odesa, Uzh­horod, Za­por­izhia, Severodone­tsk and Sumy.

Am­bas­sador’s ad­dress

Al­though there will be no tra­di­tional

re­cep­tion for the Ger­man com­mu­nity at the em­bassy, Am­bas­sador Anka Feld­husen will give an on­line ad­dress on Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. streamed at www.deutsche-wochen-ukraine. com.

Art

All the ex­hi­bi­tions held un­der the Ger­man Weeks this year are cu­rated by The Naked Room gallery, an

avant-garde trend­set­ter in the cap­i­tal’s art scene.

The gallery brought all the art ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the # брюдершафт (brud­er­shaft) ti­tle and hash­tag. Ger­man Brüder­schaft (broth­er­hood) is widely known due to Brüder­schaft trinken ( broth­er­hood drink), a tra­di­tion when two peo­ple have an al­co­holic drink while hav­ing their el­bows in­ter­twined with each other as an act of friend­ship. The or­ga­niz­ers sug­gest re­think­ing the term as a sym­bol of the re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many.

Through ex­hi­bi­tions, the Brud­er­shaft project will ex­plore the es­sen­tial ques­tions of hu­man­ity, such as free­dom, sol­i­dar­ity, con­flict and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. The ex­hib­ited art pieces will show unity through its dif­fer­ent mean­ings in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural, in­ti­mate and po­etic ones.

The project will in­volve public ex­hi­bi­tions along with ex­pert talks in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro, which will be streamed live, as well as on­line art shared un­der the # брюдершафт hash­tag. One of the public talks will fea­ture ac­claimed Ukrainian writer Sofia An­drukhovych. The project will launch on Sept. 28.

Ra­dio marathon

An­other ac­tiv­ity planned for Ger­man Weeks is a ra­dio marathon called “30 Years of Ger­man Unity,” which will air on Ukrainian ra­dio sta­tion Pereс FM in Ukrainian.

The marathon will of­fer dis­cus­sions with var­i­ous Ger­man guests, fun facts about Ger­man Unity and a quiz. The winner of the quiz will re­ceive a present from the Ger­man Em­bassy.

The Marathon will air on the Perec FM ra­dio sta­tion ev­ery Tues­day and Fri­day from 12 a.m. un­til 1 p.m, on Sept. 29 — Oct. 30.

The full pro­gram of the fes­ti­val is avail­able at www.deutsche-wochen-ukraine.com

Ber­liner youths wave Ger­man flags dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s re­u­ni­fi­ca­tion at the Bran­den­burg Gate in Ber­lin on Oct. 3, 1990.

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