This recap of the Year of German-American Friendship celebrates the projects, places, and people that have made this year so special, showcasing the many ways that Germany and the US are Wunderbar Together!
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened a historic joint concert featuring Leipzig’s renowned Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra – the first of its kind featuring two world-class orchestras on a single stage.
In 2019, the Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour traveled across the country to bring the best of German food, culture, art, business, and innovation to Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Portland.
The PopUp Tour – Wunderbar Together’s official roadshow – stopped in Atlanta featuring an impressive culture tent with mobile presentation modules and various flexible pop-up edutainment elements.
Wunderbar Together’s official roadshow, The PopUp Tour, combines an impressive cultural tent with mobile presentations, entertainment, engaging educational programming, and features a showcase of top German businesses.
One Inch Dreams created a short film featuring the slack line balloon stunt that has come to represent the essence of Wunderbar Together.
LA, Austin, New York, Detroit, Portland! Together with Reeperbahn Festival and Next Media Accelerator, Re:publica – Europe’s largest conference on internet and digital society – toured the USA throughout the Year of German-American Friendship.
German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas met with artist Luigi Toscano in Washington and bid him farewell. Toscano was preparing to travel with his exhibition across the country on a 10-day road trip from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, California.
German techno marching band MEUTE took things to the next level with a free, open-air performance in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, playing for an energetic crowd full of old and new fans.
Anne Imhof is one of the most important and pioneering artists of her generation. At the Art Institute of Chicago Imhof combines music, choreography, painting, and sculpture to stage Sex a new installation commissioned specifically for the museum.
German Actress Sibel Kikelli and State Secretary Michelle Müntefering share their favorite Wunderbar Together moments: from Barack Obama to Texan dance halls.
Foreign Film lover? Movie buff? Anyone can enjoy new as well as classic films from Germany. Wunderbar Together is now offering a selection of German films for free through the Kanopy streaming service.
Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre hosted the German Currents Film Festival, bringing the cutting edge of German cinema to a West Coast audience. The festival opened with award-winning biopic Gundermann by acclaimed German director Andreas Dresen.
Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto (2015) is displayed as a singular work as part of the Manifesto: Art x Agency group exhibition that examines the art historical impact of artist manifestos from the 20th century to present day.
Hirshhorn Museum curator Stéphane Aquin talks about the exhibition Manifesto: Art x Agency featuring Julian Rosefeldt’s acclaimed multi-channel video installation Manifesto with Cate Blanchett.
German actress Sibel Kekilli talks about her role as Shae in Game of Thrones and about differences in how German and American actors approach their job – to the benefit both sides!
Berlin-based dance crew Flying Steps are giving break dancing a unique twist. Their performances feature an eclectic mix of hip-hop and classical music by composers like Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Year of German-American Friendship is on! We already have several incredible events under the belt and we’re just getting started. Here’s just a few of our nationwide kickoff events.
The German-American friendship was on display at SXSW 2019. Wunderbar Together, in conjunction with the German Haus and the Sequencer Tour, promoted an entire week of programming that highlighted the close ties between the two countries in digital innovation, entrepreneurship, music, and art.
On May 21 the Detroit-Berlin Connection hosted The Potential music conference in cooperation with Your Mom’s Agency, Wunderbar Together, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Goethe Institute Chicago. The exchange is the brainchild of Dimitri Hegemann, founder of one of Berlin’s original Techno clubs and a lifelong ambassador for the Detroit-Berlin Connection. Speakers from Detroit, Amsterdam, and Germany, convened to discuss the role of a nighttime economy in Detroit and the relationship between art and a city.
Hexadome is a massive travelling audio-visual installation and sound system that provides a mesmerizing blend of images, lasers, and atmospheric effects designed to accompany musical selections.
For the opening of the Year of German-American Friendship, Germany-based artist collective Urbanscreen illuminated three iconic buildings in the United States with their light-art, highlighting different aspects of German-American relations.
Digital artists and musicians flocked to San Francisco, California for MUTEK.SF, the American iteration of the genre-breaking festival celebrating the cutting edge in music, art, and technology originally held in Montreal, Canada. The four-day festival took place March 2-5 in venues across San Francisco and featured a blend of international luminaries with artists from the local community. Among these were three German artists who brought their own take on visual effects and digital art to an American audience: Dopplereffekt, Emptyset, and Aisha Devi.
The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain exhibition at the Wende Museum in Culver City, California, seeks to highlight the work and experiences of women artists in former East Germany.
The annual Bay Area Book Festival brings readers and authors from around the world together in downtown Berkeley, California to celebrate literature in a fun, family-friendly environment.