News from the Goethe-Institut“ Schools: Partners for the Future” Initiative - Final evening of youth course (© Goethe-Institut Ghana)
Goethe-Institut Marks 50 Years in Ghana
Since April this year the dear director of the Goethe-Institut Ghana, Ms Leo Sylla, has been replaced by Mr Robert Sobotta as her successor – this is clearly not an easy pair of shoes to fill for Mr Sobotta. Ms Sylla has been the 'ever-smiling' German lady representing Goethe-Institut like no other. Mrs Eleonore Sylla, former director of Goethe-Institut Ghana at 50th anniversary - 12.03.2011 (© Goethe-Institut Ghana) 'I will miss Ghana' she said to Daily Graphic, and 'I will carry fond memories of Ghanawith me, wherever I go: the music, dances, very reliable partners to work with and the very, very welcoming attitude of the people'. Thanks to Ms Sylla events like the 2007 and 2008 Burger Highlife Concerts were such successes in the Goethe-Institut history. She was the director of Goethe-Institut for 7 years, and only left last month in order to run the Goethe-Institut office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
We are confident about this new constellation in Ghana nevertheless, and see it as a positive and enriching event that Mr Sobotta has come to Accra from the rather mildly climate of Germany, where he had directed another Goethe-Institut branch. Since Mr Sobotta’s arrival the Goethe-Institut has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in Ghanawith a whole lot of events. On March 12th the institute launched their Golden Jubilee in Ghana under the theme 'The Past, Present and Future of Making a Difference'. Mr Robert Sobotta, new director of Goethe-Institut Ghana receiving a Kente (© Goethe-Institut Ghana) On this occasion former director Ms Sylla and German Ambassador Eberhard Schanze directed their wishes and greetings to the institute, as well as Nat Amarteifio, former mayor of Accra. On this special day, as it was also Ms Sylla’s goodbye from Ghana, the Goethe-Institut opened its doors to the interested public, and presented several cultural-musical performances by Nii Noy Nortey and others, and a special programme for Accra’s children by J.C. Abbey. “ Schools: Partners for the Future” Initiative - youth course (© Goethe-Institut Ghana) Every month of the 'Golden Year 2011' Goethe-Institut celebrates one of its 'Goethe@50'-special events.In April it was with the DaViva Fashion Show, in May we enjoyed the Burger Highlife Concert, and for June the Goethe-Institut, Alliance Française, and the German and French Embassies have put together a three day long workshop called Urban Interventions with local and foreign experts alike who had the opportunity to exchange ideas about Accra as an urban space. Despite all the celebratory festivities the institute was able to carry out so far, Goethe-Institut certainly pushes for more Ghanaian-German culture this year.Students of German Club of Accra Academy with Mrs Pia Giesing from "kulturweit" (© Goethe-Institut Ghana)