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Welcome to the special 2017 edition of SoGerman – the portal for all things Canadian-German

Germany celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. A series of exciting events from coast to coast, from concerts to exhibitions, will join the Canada 150 festivities.

SoGerman! photo contest

So German! Si Allemand ! Photo contest for Canadian students

What’s “So German!” about your town or city? Take a look around at your surroundings and document in a photo an example of where Germany is found in your environment and you could win a great prize (four iPads, gift cards). This contest is open to current students at Canadian high schools, colleges/CEGEPs and universities. Deadline: January 20, 2017.

The German and Canadian flags

Canadian Parliament officially declares October "German Heritage Month"

The Parliament of Canada officially declared October "German Heritage Month" and the nine days commencing Friday before Thanksgiving "Oktoberfest." Motion M-73 by Member of Parliament Marwan Tabbara (Kitchener South — Hespeler), seconded by Sven Spengemann (Mississauga — Lakeshore), was unanimously approved on December 13, 2016.

"Ships in Distress on a Stormy Sea," by Jan Porcellis.

German auction houses assist Canadian and Israeli institutions in recovery of Nazi-looted paintings held in private collections

At a ceremony held on December 12, 2016 at the Canadian Embassy in Germany, two Dutch Old Master paintings pulled from different auction house sales were presented to the Max and Iris Stern Foundation and its three beneficiaries – Concordia University and McGill University in Montreal and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Marking the 14th and 15th paintings recovered by the beneficiaries of the Jewish-Canadian dealer and collector formerly from Düsseldorf, the event was held in the presence of The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Start Up Energy Award

Canada's Visionaries and Vanguards: Get ready for the Start Up Energy Transition Award

Start Up Energy Transition is more than just an award. It is platform with a clear focus on scaling up innovation to make global energy transition a success while speeding up efforts against climate change. It is a way to connect minds for a greater good. The Start Up Energy Transition Award identifies the most promising start-ups worldwide working on energy transition. The winners will be awarded at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in March 2017. Applications open until January 31, 2017.

A reef knot as the symbol of the G20 summit in Hamburg

Germany’s G20 presidency

Germany will be holding the presidency of the G20 in 2017. The summit of the heads of state and government and representatives of international organisations will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. A number of G20 ministers’ conferences are scheduled to take place prior to this. The G20 Foreign Ministers will meet in Bonn on 16 and 17 February 2017. The summit and ministers’ meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to raise awareness of new issues in international affairs.

Further information is available on the following webpages:

German Canadian Relations

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kultur360: Analysis of contemporary German-speaking society and culture

Edited by Canadian university professors and independent scholars, kultur360 produces original essays, reviews, and interviews. Among the topics being explored are Berlin the Metropolis, Film Culture, and The German Language Today.

Daniel R. visiting the ECB

The Stories behind the Youth Mobility Visa

The Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and Germany offers a unique opportunity for young Canadians to complement their post-secondary education but most of all to experience Germany, its culture, language and people. Many young Canadians take the opportunity to live in Germany for a year; here, we are portraying some of them and their experiences as a YMA student in Germany. 

I am German

Dramaturg Birgit Schreyer Duarte at the Canadian Stage rehearsal hall

Talk with dramaturg and translator Birgit Schreyer Duarte about German and Canadian Stage Culture

We are always thrilled to see German artists reach an international audience. German dramaturg and translator Birgit Schreyer Duarte is regularly involved in bringing German playwrights to Canadian stages – most recently by translating “Das Ding” by Philipp Löhle for the Canadian Stage. We spoke to Birgit about her work on the edge between Canadian and German stage culture.

Ambassador's Corner

Ambassador of Germany to Canada Werner Wnendt

Werner Wnendt is Germany's ambassador to Canada.

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Facts about Germany

Facts about Germany

... is a handbook for anyone seeking reliable, up-to-date information. It provides many facts and figures, covering topics such as population and geography, the political system, the economy, social life, education, culture, the media, and history.

“Auswärtiges Amt – Auslandsvertretungen weltweit”: the app for finding German missions abroad on all standard mobile devices

App Auswärtiges AMt

Its interactive and informative app provides quick, easy access to the latest information from the FFO.  

500th anniversary of the Reformation

Ortenburg Bible, German Historical Museum

Five hundred years ago, on 31 October 1517, legend has it that theology professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. The posting of these theses in Wittenberg marks the beginning of the Reformation. The far reaching theological, cultural and political consequences of the Reformation make its anniversary in 2017 not only a church affair, but a central global event in cultural history.