Hollywood showcases the Academy Awards and Germany's capital boasts the Berlin International Film Festival, or the Berlinale. The glamorous and well-known film festival draws the attention of cineasts from around the world every February, but it is just one of over 100 film festivals hosted in Germany. With the Berlinale set to start on February 5, the GIC Africa explores the many diverse film fests that take place in Germany.
Film Festivals in Germany
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Red Army in 1945. This year marks the 70th anniversary and Germany, through its leaders and special events, recognises this momentous occasion.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama was in Berlin for a three-day official visit, including meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During his visit, Chancellor Merkel promised the West African state assistance in the fight against Boko Haram. The militia is perpetrating "abominable crimes", said Merkel following her meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. They both advocated the establishment of an African intervention force.
Merkel supports the fight against Boko Haram
Zambians go to the polls on January 20, after sitting President Micheal Sata passed away on October 28, 2014. The German government has released 4.5 million Euro from its 2014 budget support as a contribution to the financing of the electoral process. This funding is in addition to promoting political education at various levels and capacity-building within the governmental and civic organisations.
Support for electoral process in Zambia
In the presence of H.E. President Kenyatta, German Ambassador to Kenya, Andreas Peschke, participated in the official commissioning of 2,000 “Wings to Fly” scholarships at Kasarani Stadium on January 16. This year more than 600 scholarships have been sponsored through German Development Cooperation.
Kenyan students to fly high
Two of Germany’s coaches, Joachim Löw and Ralf Kellermann, were awarded the World Coach of the Year awards for women’s and men’s soccer. Nadine Kessler was also crowned Women's World Player of the Year.
FIFA Ballon D'or honours German coaches, players
It's time to rethink urbanisation, especially taking the environment into consideration. In an effort to raise awareness about climate change in the context of urban living and possibly providing solutions, Germany's Foreign Office supports a competition on information design awarded by ARCH+ Journal for Architecture and Urbanism. Those interested must register online by April 30 and submission deadline is May 31, 2014.
Competition “Planetary Urbanism – Critique of the Present”