Goethe Institut marks 10th Annual National cultural festival

Goethe Institut marks 10th Annual National cultural festival Enlarge image Mrs. Anne Eberhard Director of the Goethe-Institut (left)and Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, German Ambassador to Ghana (right) (© German Embassy Accra)

The Goethe Institute on Friday, 21st April 2017 held the 10th edition of its annual National German Cultural Festival under the theme “Die Zukunft Beginnt Jetzt” (The Future Starts Now) in Accra.

The festival, which was held at the Institute’s premises, was organized by Goethe Institute Accra in partnership with the DAAD Information Center Accra and the Ghana Association of Teachers of German (GATG).

It was a fun filled festival that attracted over 500 students from a number of schools, colleges and universities from the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Volta and Central regions. They included University of Cape Coast, the Ghana Institute of Languages (Kumasi), University of Education, Winneba, School of Translators, Accra Academy SHS, Cradle Grace Montessori School, (Accra), Wesley Girls SHS (Cape Coast), Opoku Ware SHS (Kumasi), Vakpo Adomi JSS (Vakpo), Danadi Complex School (Kasoa) and Ningo SHS (Ningo).

Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, German Ambassador to Ghana, was impressed with the student knowledge of the German language and expressed satisfaction about the colourful programme. He noted that in school he liked languages more than mathematics and perhaps that is why he became ambassador. He charged the students to concentrate on their books, follow their dreams and aim for the very best after their graduation from universities and other institutions. He further added that Germany, a country of science and technology, has scholarships and fellowship schemes available for qualified Ghanaian students and urged them to take advantage of them.

For her part, Mrs. Anne Eberhard, Director of the Goethe-Institut said, that the theme of the festival is based on Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary as well as the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between Ghana and Germany and wants to give an outlook to the future. Goethe Institut marks 10th Annual National cultural festival Enlarge image Some students performing on the stage (© German Embassy Accra)

The event was marked by performances and competitions in music, dance, drama, poetry and spoken word in German, to promote the learning and understanding of the German language. Best performers we given awards.

The young Ghanaian musician, Blaq Originata, entertained the students, the teachers and other guests with some of his compositions at the festival.

Goethe Institut marks 10th Annual National cultural festival

Goethe Institut marks 10th Annual National cultural festival