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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Anniversary of the Reformation
German Canadian Relations
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.
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.
Youth Mobility Stories
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.
Birgit Schreyer Duarte