The Jakarta Post
A three-month German economic and socio cultural event, widely known as German Season, is set to kick off in several Indonesian cities on Sept. 5.
Jointly organized by the German Embassy in Jakarta, the Goethe-Institut Indonesia and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID), the festival will showcase numerous programs that highlight the partnership between Germany and Indonesia in various sectors.
Among the programs that will be held during the festival include collaborations between German and Indonesian musicians, actors, puppeteers, dancers and soccer player.
Economic discussion seminars, as well as social discussions relating to religious matters and anti-terror efforts, will be held and participated in by a number of German officials and experts.
These events will take place in several cities including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Bandung, Ambon and Surakarta.
German Ambassador to Indonesia Georg Witschel explained that the series of activities would be the largest ever event held by Germany in Indonesia.
'The reason for holding this festival is'¦ why not? There are many good reasons. Germany and Indonesia share similarities as both are vibrant economies and have vibrant cultures, and I hope that this festival will help bring the German and Indonesian people closer,' Witschel said on Tuesday.
On Indonesia's upcoming role as a guest at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, he added that the festival could serve as a complete overview of relations between the two countries.
The festival will kick off on Sept. 5 with an open air movie screening at the National Monument (Monas), which will feature the legendary 1929 silent film Metropolis, directed by German director Fritz Lang. The screening will be accompanied by the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, which will score the film live. (ebf)(+++)
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