Franco-German celebrations in Mumbai

Jul 02, 2013, 00:59 IST | Ruchika Kher

The Alliance Francaise and the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai have organised a festival to celebrate the friendship between France and Germany which was laid down in the Elysee Treaty in 1963

Starting today, Mumbai will be abuzz with cultural activities for a week to celebrate the French-German friendship that was signed in 1963 as part of The Elysee Treaty. The Treaty between the French Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) is also known as the Treaty of Friendship. It was established by Charles de Gaulle of France and Konrad Adenauer of west Germany and came into force on July 2, 1963.

The signing of the Elysee Treaty. Pics/ AFP

The aim of the Treaty was the reconciliation between the two countries after the Second World War. With it, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended centuries of rivalry between them. The first meeting between the two heads of state took place in September 1958. Since then French and German heads of state have kept up this strong relationship.

“In this way, the Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany has become a symbol of development of friendly relations within the European Union and far beyond. We celebrate this treaty today as an exemplary symbol of friendship between states and therefore we invite everyone to celebrate with us,” says Beata Weber, Director, Language Department, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai.

What’s in store?
The celebration will take place through an exhibition on the treaty, and a number of activities that the two Consulates and their Cultural Institutes will put together to transmit the spirit of this friendship and its universal significance. The key themes of the treaty -- reconciliation, young people, solidarity and Europe -- shall be described and put into practice.

Several activities will address young Indians and their teachers through teaser classes in German and French to give participants a feel of the language, a guided tour through the exhibition, a didactical workshop on the relevance of the friendship between both countries, information sessions on studying in Germany and France, a conference on European language teaching and French-German film screenings.

The opening and the other events during the week shall take place at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. The concluding event of the celebration week shall take place at Alliance Française de Bombay on July 9.

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