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The Wunderbar Together Team Signs off and Says Thank you!

As the year of German-American Friendship comes to a close at the end of 2019, the Wunderbar Together team at the Goethe-Institut Washington would like to thank the hundreds of partners and hundreds of thousands of attendees who made working on this project so special! This initiative would not have been so successful without your countless contributions.

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Views from the “Mississippi. An Anthropocene River” Project

“Mississippi. An Anthropocene River” is a project by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) that takes its name from the term “Anthropocene,” which refers to the current geological age during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. Through field-oriented explorations, the project seeks to develop a course of action for mitigating this impact and its effects on daily life in the Mississippi region.

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Sasha Waltz & Guests Perform KREATUR

Berlin’s foremost contemporary dance choreographer Sasha Waltz & Guests traveled to the United States to showcase two outstanding productions on both the East and West coasts this year as a part of Wunderbar Together.

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BMW Takes Wunderbar Together on the Road with a Special Edition BMW i3

German Automaker BMW was proud to sponsor the Portland stop of the PopUp Tour and paid tribute to German-American Friendship the best way they knew how – with a Wunderbar Together Special Edition BMW i3!

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Renowned Director Andreas Dresen Speaks at the German Currents Film Festival in LA

The German Currents Film Festival brought the best in contemporary German cinema to the historic Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The three-day festival began with a talk with the acclaimed German director Andreas Dresen and a screening of his prize-winning film Gundermann.

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“Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances” On View at MIT’s List Center

“Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances” is a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade debuting this fall at the List Visual Arts Center of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Kwade explores structures of reality, such as time and space, as well as systems of value that determine how we perceive the world and decide what constitutes the real.

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MEUTE Plays a Free Concert in Front of the Lincoln Memorial

Last week, MEUTE took things to the next level with a free, open-air performance in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Donning their signature red marching band jackets, the band played for an energetic crowd full of old and new fans alike.

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Mutek SF Presents a Sound Sculpture by Masary Studio at the PopUp Tour in Atlanta

Combining digital media with technology and electronic music, one of Atlanta’s biggest events during the Wunderbar Together Pop Up Tour was the Studio Sculpture exhibit, held by Masary Studio and presented by Mutek SF.

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The Fugees Academy is All Smiles at the PopUp Tour in Atlanta

The Fugees Academy brought a class of excited students that was eager to learn more about Germany and STEM topics by participating in a BASF chemistry workshop, climbing aboard the WanderbUS, checking out a Discover Bauhaus workshop, and practicing their soccer skills on the Siemens goal wall at the PopUp Tour in Atlanta!

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Luigi Toscano’s “Lest We Forget” Over Kansas City

Photographer Luigi Toscano’s traveling exhibition titled “Lest We Forget” is currently being proudly displayed at the World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. This project displays 70 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors – 7 of which are photographs of survivors from the Kansas City area – outdoors in the memorial.

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Celebrating Oktoberfest in Denver with Wunderbar Together Lebkuchenherzen!

Wunderbar Together brought the Wiesn in a Box to the Denver Oktoberfest, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! This annual six-day festival attracts over 250,000 people to enjoy German food, beer, and music!

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MEUTE Takes the Stage Across the US

MEUTE is not your typical group – the eleven-piece techno marching band from Hamburg, Germany uses percussion and horns to create techno beats that would fit in at any club. They’ve created their own genre that combines driving techno beats with the emotion and flair of brass band music. 

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Wiesn in a Box’s mobile Oktoberfest has traveled all over the country, from Atlanta to Portland and back. But no stop has been quite like Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada. The 8-day event brought together 70,000 people to create a new community in the middle of the desert.

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Lest We Forget in Kansas City

As a part of Wunderbar Together, the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City is bringing 70 portraits of Holocaust survivors, 7 of which were recently taken of survivors living in the area, to the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City from September 20 to October 6.

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Panorama Streetline in Celle, Germany

Panorama Streetline, headed by photographer Jörg Dietrich, collects selected street views of cities and villages all over the world and puts the uniqueness and traditions of architectural developments of different places into focus. As a part of Wunderbar Together, Dietrich curated a special exhibit entitled “Germany Street Fronts,” which is currently touring the Goethe Pop Up Institutes in Seattle, Kansas City, Houston, and Minneapolis.

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What does #WunderbarTogether Mean to You?

At this year’s Federal Government Open House in Berlin, more than 12,000 visitors were able to tour the German Foreign Office’s headquarters in central Berlin, attend a forum with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and take part in fun activities related to foreign policy. Visitors to the Open House each wrote a note describing what #WunderbarTogether meant to them.

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Junior Firefighters from Germany and the US Train Together in Nassau County, NY

This year, as a part of Wunderbar Together, a group of 14 junior firefighters and 3 supervisors from the Jugendfeuerwehr Haverlah in Lower Saxony, Germany joined their American counterparts for Camp Fahrenheit 516 in Nassau County, New York.

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Bree Gant’s “Otherlogue”

Detroit-based artist Bree Gant brought her installation, “Otherlogue” to the Skillman Public Library in Detroit, Michigan as a part of the project “Show me Your Shelves!” (on view until August 18th). Gant is one of the four artists behind “Show Me Your Shelves!” an art project conceived  by Contemporary And (C&) art magazine in partnership with Wunderbar Together.

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Allianz Arena Goes Red, White, and Blue to Celebrate 150 Fan Clubs in the US!

The United States is home to thousands of devoted FC Bayern fans, and this year, the 150th official FC Bayern fan club was founded on the continent. To celebrate this milestone, Allianz Arena, the team’s home stadium, was lit up in red, white, and blue with the number ‘150’ on July 4.

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Taking a Shot at Goethe Soccer Camps

TOOOOR! A student at Willis Jr. High School in Chandler, Arizona put one in the back of the net during the a German-language Soccer Camp organized by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and led by trainers from Auf Ballhöhe, a German intercultural education and sports project.

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“Manifesto” on Display at the Hirshhorn Museum

This year, visitors to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. can view German artist Julian Rosefeldt’s acclaimed multichannel film, Manifesto (pictured), at Manifesto: Art x Agency, a group exhibition that examines the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to present day.

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Eliza Douglas Performs in Anne Imhof’s “Sex” at the Art Institute of Chicago

Acclaimed German artist Anne Imhof brought the newest manifestation of her exhibition, “Sex,” to the Art Institute of Chicago for three performances. Eliza Douglas, pictured, was one of the performers who brought the provocative piece to life.

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Clownin’ Around with Circus Mojo

Circus Mojo is a youth and adult circus arts program where physical skills like juggling, balancing, and stilt-walking coalesce with forms of creative expression like improvisation, character development, and group performance. In this multidimensional program that combines artistry with athleticism, students conquer doubt and learn a varied skill set in a collaborative, non-competitive environment.

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Facing the Digital Future

Our new, digitalized world has brought both unique challenges and exciting opportunities to our daily lives. Wunderbar Together is partnering with organizations in Germany and the US that are tackling these challenges head on and exploring possibilities and solutions that technology creates in every aspect of our lives.

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Florian Lochner and Alice Klock

Award winning dancer-choreographers Florian Lochner (Germany) and Alice Klock (US) brought their experience performing at some of the biggest modern dance venues in the world to the Germany Week stage.