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All Smiles at the PopUp Tour Schoolfest in Atlanta

At the PopUp Tour’s stop in Atlanta, more than 200 middle and high school students from local schools visited the PopUp tent for the Schoolfest – a day of games, workshops, and fun!

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Wunderbar Together Looks Back on a Year of Events, Memories, and Friends

After thousands of events across the country, the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 has come to an end, but the memories remain. This video highlights some of the projects, places, and people that have made this year so special, once again showcasing the many ways that Germany and the US are Wunderbar Together!

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One Inch Dreams Releases Two Films on “Building Bridges” Above Monument Valley

Over 1,500 feet above Utah’s breathtaking Monument Valley, Niklas Winter attempted to keep his balance and walk across a one-inch slackline between two hot air balloons adorned with the American and German flags. Winter is a member of One Inch Dreams, a group of German slackliners and filmmakers who have attempted daring stunts around the globe.

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Orchestrated Partnership

Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Andris Nelsons talks with greater Boston about the joint concert of BSS and the German Gewandhaus Orchester celebrating the official end of the Year of German-American Friendship.

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German Broadcaster 3sat Reports on Anthropocene Project Along the Mississippi, Part 1

German broadcaster 3sat reports on Mississippi. An Anthropocene River project. The project takes the concept of the Anthropocene – the period of history during which humans have been the dominant influence on climate and the environment – into the field.

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The Medea Insurrection Celebrates Women’s Artistic Resistance Behind the Iron Curtain

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall came down. But it didn’t happen on its own. In reality, the Wall was “brought down by courageous people,” including many artists. The Medea Insurrection: Radical women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain, a special exhibition at the Wende Museum in Culver City, California, seeks to highlight the work and experiences of women artists, a group too often overlooked in historical discussions of life in East Germany.

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Hexadome Makes its Final Stop on its North American Tour in Massachusetts

After two successful stops at the Gray Area Festival in San Francisco and the MUTEK festival in Montreal as a part of Wunderbar Together, the ISM Hexadome is returning to the East Coast for a special exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)!

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Deutsche Welle: Skid Row Artist Inspires Homeless Community

Skid Row in LA has the largest concentration of homeless people in the US and is also located in direct neighborhood to the new Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports about the district and one of its residents – the artist Crushow Herring.

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Sequencer Tour Portland Recap

Re:publica – the largest conference on the internet and digital society in Europe – has partnered with Reeperbahn Festival and Next Media Accelerator for the Sequencer Tour USA. Next stop: Portland!

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Goethe PopUp Tour Goes Portland!

As the official roadshow of Wunderbar Together, the Goethe PopUp Tour combines an impressive culture tent with mobile exhibits and various pop-up edutainment elements.

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The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain Premieres at the Wende Museum in California

The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain is an art exhibition premiering at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles this November as Wunderbar Together celebrates the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Opens Historic Joint Concert in Boston Symphony Hall

On October 31, the final day of German American Heritage Month, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended 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. The event marked the official end of the Year of German-American friendship with a night filled with music by Heiden, Strauss, and Schönberg.

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Photo Essay: US Anne Marie Hunter Shares Snapshots of her Exchange in Germany

This year, Kansas City journalist Anne Marie was given the opportunity to take part in the “Goethe Close-Up” exchange program. Sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and Wunderbar Together, the project gives cultural journalists working in print, online, and radio media the opportunity to swap work places with journalists from another country for three to four weeks.

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“Mississippi. An Anthropocene River” Reimagines the Mississippi River

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River takes the concept of the Anthropocene – the period of history during which humans have been the dominant influence on climate and the environment – into the field. The project, organized by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute, investigates the Mississippi River as an exemplary landscape of global environmental change.

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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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President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Attend a Joint Concert by the Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

On October 31, Wunderbar Together will celebrate the official end of the Year of German-American Friendship with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with a joint concert by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston.  This concert, the first of three, will be the first time that the two orchestras will perform together on stage.

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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 Exhibition Opens at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center

Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade will be opening her newest exhibition here in the United States with “Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances” at the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. Together with a concurrent sister exhibition in Dallas Texas, this is her largest US museum exhibition to date.

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MEUTE Begins their US Tour in Washington, DC

MEUTE, one of Hamburg’s most exciting music groups, is currently touring the US, bringing their unique blend of techno and marching band music to venues from Nashville to West Hollywood. At each show, MEUTE uses acoustic instruments to create a club feeling akin to a DJ set. Whether in a concert hall or on the street, Meute’s performances are sure to get everyone dancing.

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MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall in DC

MEUTE, one of Hamburg’s most exciting music groups, kicked off their North American tour at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC bringing their unique blend of techno and marching band music to the nation’s capital.

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The PopUp Tour Ends with a Bang

All good things must come to an end – even the PopUp Tour! Today was the final day of the PopUp Tour in Portland, the last stop of this year’s cross country tour. We ended the tour with some of our favorite events, from Discover Bauhaus to Science Slams and performances by Circus Mojo!

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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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The PopUp Opens Its Doors in Portland, Oregon

With stops in Chicago, St. Louis, and Atlanta in the rear view mirror, the Wunderbar Together PopUp Tour headed to the West Coast for its final stop in Portland, Oregon. The tour will be in the Beaver State all week long with fun events related to German-American art, business, sport, and culture!

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How to Make a Book With Steidl

Documentary How to Make a Book with Steidl gives a firsthand view of the organized chaos that is daily working life at Steidl Publishers, owned by Gerhard Steidl, “the world’s best printer” according to Karl Lagerfeld.

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The Best of German Cinema Premieres in Los Angeles at the German Currents Film Festival

This October, Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre will play home to the German Currents Film Festival, bringing the cutting edge of German cinema to a West Coast audience and screening everything from arthouse films to blockbusters and children’s movies. The centerpiece of the festival will be an appearance by renowned German director Andreas Dresen, who will open the festival with the LA premiere of his award-winning film, Gundermann.