KARACHI: This autumn, the Germans are out to paint Karachi red – and they plan to do it every year.
Between September 20 and November 30, the German Consulate General of Karachi and the Goethe-Institut Pakistan will hold a series of 13 cultural events for music, lectures, seminars and exhibitions.
“The events will boost cultural and bilateral ties,” announced German Consul General Dr Tilo Klinner while sharing the schedule at the Karachi Press Club on Monday.
“Entertainment- and knowledge-based events are being arranged for the first time in Pakistan and we’ll continue every autumn,” said Klinner, accompanied by Dr Manuel Negwer, the director of the Goethe-Institut.
Jazz meets Raagas
In a blend of east meets west, German saxophonist Peter Weniger and Pakistani musician Asif Sinan will mesmerise classical music lovers on September 20 at the Consulate General of Germany in Karachi. The jazz concert will begin at 8pm.
Weniger had his first piano lessons at the age of five and he changed to classical clarinet moving on to saxophone at the age of 14. Sinan, a summa-cum-laude music graduate, is being hailed as having introduced a new sound to the world of music by fusing jazz with Indian classical music.
The 13th edition of this exhibition of modern and contemporary art, which takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany, involved more than 300 participants. A group of Pakistani artists also visited. The Goethe-Institut has invited all of these Pakistani artists to share their experience with those who were unable to attend the exhibition. The programme is set for October 4 at VM Art Gallery, Rangoonwala Community Centre at Dhorajee at 3pm.
Discussion with Muller
At 4:30 pm on October 4, Ingrid Muller, a German journalist, will talk with Pakistan journalists at the Karachi Press Club. As a senior editor of politics, Muller has been reporting extensively from conflict areas like Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Sudan and more recently from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
At the Avari Hotel on October 9, an internationally acclaimed pianist, Thomas Hitzlberger will play at a piano concert at 8pm. His most recent work “Sonatas and Metamorphoses” won the Franz Liszt International Record Grand Prix.
Frederick the Great
On the 300th birth anniversary of Frederick the Great, the Goethe-Institut has arranged an evening to discuss his interest in every aspect of art. The lecture on his personality and his interests will be held on October 15 at the Goethe-Institut at 6 pm.
At the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, a two-week photo exhibition on Mohenjodaro will be held on October 16. Prof. Dr Michael Jansen will present a lecture about his works while on October 18, a documentary film by German filmmaker Ulrike Becker will also be screened.
On October 17, the Goethe-Institut will celebrate an academic day, sharing the German institutes’ outstanding contribution in research and development.
German vocational training
The consulate has taken the initiative of introducing a pilot programme for Pakistan in cooperation with Aman Tech and iACT and the participating German companies. A seminar will be held on October 23 at the Goethe-Institut.
Renowned artist Susanne Husemann, who drew her inspiration for “Allegory of Painting”, is currently involved in an art project in Islamabad.
On his visit to Pakistan, Peter Pannke will introduce his latest book “Saints and Singers – Sufi Music in the Indus Valley” on November 7 at the Goethe-Institut. The book is about the literary and musical relationship between Sufi saints and singing. The time has been set at 6 pm.
The exhibition “Germany on the road” in cooperation with the German Embassy in Islamabad and the Pakistan German Business Forum, Karachi, will be held on November 14.
The PASCH is a network of at least 1,000 schools across the world where German language is taught. The consulate has invited the students of CAS and Civilisations Public School for a children festival at the Goethe-Institut on November 15. There are six PASCH partner schools in Karachi, Klinner said.
Tribute to Hermann Hesse
In the last event, the German-Swiss Nobel Prize winning author, Hermann Hesse, will be given a tribute on November 30 at the Goethe-Institut at 6 pm. Hesse became famous for his novels “Steppenwolf” and “Siddhartha”.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2012.