German Cultural Week
9 - 13 December 2009
We express our gratitude to:
German Embassy in New Delhi; Office of the Commissioner for NRI Affairs
of Goa; Ministry of Tourism of Goa; Consulate General of Germany,
Mumbai; Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai; Putzmeister Concrete Machines Pvt
Ltd, Goa; Zeiss - GKB Hi-Tech Lenses Pvt. Ltd., Goa; Sociedade de
Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd.; Padre Conceicao College of Engineering;
Deutsche Welle (Germany's International Broadcaster); The German
National Tourist Office; Agnel Institute of Food Crafts and Culinary
Sciences; Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim; Aguada Anchorage Resort; Hype
Entertainment Services and to all the Goans and Germans who contributed
to the success of this German Cultural Week through generous and
9 December (Wednesday)
Traditional German Home Pastry Class by
9:00 a.m. - Agnel Institute of Food Crafts and Culinary Sciences,
Agnel Ashram, Verna. A morning class that allows you to learn how to
make some of the traditional German cakes. Try it at a high-end
non-professional pastry class. Previous registration required. Limited
number of participants. Please contact.
"Dr. Elisabeth Dessai Prize in
the Opportunity for Women and Promoting the Environment"
4:00 p.m. - Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim. Entry free.
The Ceremony will be presided over by Mr Aleixo Sequeira, Minister for
Power and Environment.
In order to promote opportunities for women, especially those belonging
to the Goan backward classes, and to take into consideration the
environmental issues in Goa, the Indo-German Friendship Society, Goa
(IGSG) is proud to announce the institution of two awards for Goan
women. The "Dr. Elisabeth Dessai Prize in the Opportunity for Women
and Promotion of the Environment" is funded by Dr. Venkatesh
Dessai, an eminent Goan surgeon at the Academic Hospital of the
University of Düsseldorf, Germany and husband of late Dr. Elisabeth
Dessai. Dr. Elisabeth Dessai, a German, was an eminent social writer
dealing especially with the problems faced by women in Germany and in
Goa and was actively raising her voice in environmental issues. The
prize will be awarded every year and is administered by the IGSG.
10 December (Thursday)
Presentation: Alternative System of
Medicine - Homoeopathy, its Indo-German Connection
Dr. Indira Noronha e Fonseca, Homoeopathic Physician for Directorate of
Health Services (Govt. of Goa)
5:30 p.m. - Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim. Entry free.
German Films: The Berlin Wall and
Feature films and documentaries about the Berlin Wall and the German
Democratic Republic (GDR). The screenings will commemorate twenty years
of the fall of the Berlin Wall. All films with English subtitles.
Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim. Entry free.
6:30 p.m. Mein Bruder. We'll meet
again. Documentary directed by Thomas Heise, 57 min, 2005
How can you decide to spend the last year of your life with the man who
30 years previously was an informer for the Stasi in East Germany and
betrayed your political activities? This is the question posed by this
film and the one that Thomas Heise, the director, asks his brother, who
now lives in a small French village working as a cook for Micha, the man
7:30 p.m. Good bye, Lenin! Feature
film directed by Wolfgang Becker, 120 min, 2003
East Germany, the year 1989: A young man protests against the regime.
His mother watches the police arresting him and suffers a heart attack
and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR does not exist anymore
and the mother awakes. Since she has to avoid every excitement, the son
tries to set up the GDR again for her in their flat. But the world has
changed a lot.
11 December (Friday)
Presentation: Good reasons for
studying in Germany
10:30 a.m. - Padre Conceicao College of Engineering, Agnel
Technical Education Complex, Verna. Entry free.
What conditions do I have to meet if I want to study in Germany? How can
the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD-Deutscher Akademischer
Austauschdienst) help to study and doing research work in Germany?
These and other questions will be explained by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Guenter
Hommel of the Technical University of Berlin
Conference: Goans in Europe and
Europeans in Goa - Cultural Experiences and Identity
3.30 p.m.- Hotel Nova Goa, Panaji
Paulo Neves Pocinho, Consul General of Portugal; Udipta Ray, Secretary,
NRI Affairs; Cecilia Menezes, Hon. Consul of Germany; Antonio Dal-Negro,
Hon. Consul of Italy; Cesar Menezes, President of G.C.C.I.; John De
Silva, Vice-Admiral (Retd.), Chairman Overseas Employment Agency of Goa;
Aurobindo Xavier, President, Indo German Friendship Society (Goa);
Adelino Rodrigues da Costa, Delegate of Fundação Oriente.
In collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner for NRI Affairs.
Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro, will preside. Other
distinguished speakers will address the gathering.
German Films: The Berlin Wall and
Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim
6:00 p.m. Das Leben der Anderen
("The Lives of Others") Feature film directed by Florian
Henckel von Donnersmarck, 137 min, 2005/2006
The horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in
the former East Germany. In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist
Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a
popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state,
although they secretly don't always think loyal to the party line. One
day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the
secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the
couple, but their life fascinates him more and more...
12 December (Saturday)
"German Alumni Meeting" and
"TU Berlin (Technical University Berlin) Alumni India Meeting"
10:00 a.m., Visit to the German company Putzmeister Concrete
Machines Pvt Ltd, Plot N4, Phase IV, Verna Industrial Estate at the kind
invitation of Mr. Schmid-Lindenmeyer, General Manager of Putzmeister,
1:00 p.m., Alumni lunch. Alumnus Mr. Valentino Correia cordially
invites the German alumni for lunch in his ancestral house built around
1800 at Velim - Salcete. Dress casual.
This is an opportunity to share information about professional life and
a reminder about the great times in Germany. It promises to be a great
day and a great networking event! Open to all former students of German
Universities and Fachhochschulen. By invitation only. Please contact.
German Films: The Berlin Wall and
Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim
6:00 p.m. Jeder schweigt von etwas
anderem (Last to Know) Documentary directed by Marc Bauder, Dörte
Franke, 72 min, 2005/2006
Four former GDR political prisoners, sent to jail for openly opposing
the East German Regime, talk about their times of trial and their lives
today. Neither they, nor their families, have come to terms with what
happened and their offspring show little interest in their ordeals.
7:30 p.m. Der irrationale Rest
(The Irrational Remains) Feature film directed by Thorsten Trimpop, 95
In 1987, Suse's boyfriend Matthias flees the GDR with her best friend
Susanne. The escape fails. They fall into the hands of the secret
police, who try to break their will. It's not until sixteen years later
that the three of them meet again. Before the reunion they visit the
sites of their youth, their escape, and their imprisonment. They begin
to recall their collective past - the only remnant that connects their
13 December (Sunday)
Roundtable: Language learning in the
context of globalisation: The study of European languages in Goa
10:00 a.m. - Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim. Entry free.
Maria do Céu Barreto, lecturer in the Dept of Portuguese at the Goa
University and President of Goa Association of Teachers of Portuguese;
Dr. Edith Melo Furtado, Associate Professor at the Department of French
and Francophone Studies, Goa University and Member of Indian Association
of Teachers of French; Manuela Carponi, lecturer in Italian language at
the Goa University and President of Circulo Italiano; Margarete Hermanns
Xavier, lecturer in German language.
Presentation: From Eicher Germany to
Eicher India, narrated by Dipl.-Ing. Egon Eicher, President of the
non-profit "Eicher Association" Germany
11:00 a.m. - Clube Vasco da Gama, Panjim. Entry free.
Oktoberfest with buffet and German music, Bazar, Film screening and
information about "Germany and Goa as Tourism Destinations",
painting exhibition by Ms Alexandra Weidmann (Berlin)
4:00 p.m. onwards. The Oktoberfest will begin at 7:00 p.m. -
Aguada Anchorage Resort, Sinquerim
For information and contacts:
9850975140 or 9921170602
Chief Minister of Goa
E S S A G E
gives me a great pleasure to know that the Indo German Friendship
Society, Goa (IGSG) is organising the 2nd German Cultural
Week from December 9th to 13th, 2009.
may be recalled that the event celebrated last year was unique and very
successful and had wide publicity in Goa.
initiative of the IGSG has been a strengthening pilar in renewing and
cementing the cultural ties between Goa and Germany and fostering the
contribution to boost the economic relations.
heartedly congratulate the promoters of this great event, especially
Prof. Dr. Aurobindo Xavier, president of the Indo German Friendship
Society, Goa, and wish this event a grand success.
Ambassador of the
Federal Republic of Germany to India
ist für Deutschland ein wichtiges Gedenkjahr:
wurde die Bundesrepublik gegründet, vor 20 Jahren
Berliner Mauer – ein Ereignis, das zur Wiedervereinigung der beiden
führte. Gleichzeitig bedeutete es das Ende der internationalen
Ost-West-Konfrontation. Die Welt hat sich seit diesem Datum in
ungeheurem Tempo geändert. Das haben Deutsche und Inder in den letzten
Jahren gleichermaßen erfahren können.
freue mich daher besonders, dass im Programm der diesjährigen Deutschen
Kulturwoche in Goa das Thema Mauerfall prominent behandelt wird. Aber
nicht nur Politik und Geschichte sind Thema: Vorträge und Diskussionen
werden ebenfalls angeboten. Und die Geselligkeit kommt auch nicht zu
kurz. Ein Bierfest darf auf der Kulturwoche natürlich nicht fehlen!
mit seinen Stränden, seiner Natur und seinem reichen christlichen Erbe
ist in vieler Hinsicht ein Brückenkopf von Indien nach Europa. Immer
mehr Touristen, darunter auch viele Deutsche, verbringen ihre Ferien
hier. Meine Familie und ich sind von Goa und den Goanern begeistert.
die deutsche Kulturwoche in Goa mittlerweile Tradition hat, ist sehr
erfreulich. Der Indo-German Friendship Society in Goa gebührt
herzlicher Dank für Ihr Engagement. Ich wünsche der Deutschen
Kulturwoche in Goa Erfolg, allen Beteiligten viel Vergnügen und gutes
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Indien
from the original in German)
is an important milestone for Germany. 60 years ago, Germany was founded
and 20 years ago the Berlin Wall fell. The Fall of the Berlin Wall had
the consequence of the Reunification of both German states.
the same time, this led to the end of the East West Confrontation. Since
then the World has changed very reapidly. Both Germans and Indians have
have eqally witnessed this change.
am glad to know that the Fall of the Berlin Wall is a leading theme of
this year's German Cultural Week in Goa. But politics and history are
not the only part of the programme: there are also presentations and
conferences. And last but not least there will be a get together,
because a beerfest is a must in a Cultural Week!
its beaches, its nature and its rich Christian heritage, Goa is indeed a
bridge between India and Europe. This attracts tourists, including many
Germans. My family and myself are simply enthusiastic about Goa and
is good to see that the German Cultural Week in Goa has become a
tradition. The Indo-German Friendship Society, Goa deserves to be
thanked for their efforts. I wish success to the German Cultural Week in
Goa and I am sure everybody will enjoy it.
of the Federal Republic of Germany to India
Traditional German Home Pastry Class
the careful explanation given by Ursula Vaz Pereira (right picture)
a "swiss roll"
The "chef de cuisine"
and Martina Schmid-Lindenmayer preparing traditional German Christmas
cookies (Weihnachtsplätzchen). At the right the German ladies with their
delicious German pastry.
From l. to r.: Margarete Xavier, Martina
Schmidt-Lindenmayer, Astrid Westendorff,
the Chef the cuisine, Ursula Vaz
Pereira and Angelika Schwenk
After the course
participants taste the superb German pastry. At the back, center,
Mr Alphonso Pereira, Principal, Agnel Institute of Food Crafts and
"Dr. Elisabeth Dessai Prize
the Opportunity for Women and Promoting the Environment"
Dr. Venkatesh Dessai, eminent Goan surgeon at the Academic Hospital of University of
Germany(left) speaking about his late wife Dr. Elisabeth Dessai.
the right Mr. Aleixo Sequeira, Minister of Environment introducing
the cerimony and guests.
The 2009 award
winners Lata Gaonkar and Sheila Pagi, both from Canacona
to r.: Dr. Aurobindo Xavier, Ms Lata Gaonkar,
Mr. Aleixo Sequeira, Ms Sheila Pagi and Dr. Dessai
Good reasons for
studying in Germany
Prof. Günter Hommel
during his presentation "Good Reasons for Studying in Germany"
Conceicao College of Engineering, Verna
students and young engineers interested in postgraduate studies in
Goans in Europe and Europeans in Goa
Cultural Experiences and Identity
presided by Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Shri Eduardo Faleiro
Lighting of the
inaugural lamp by Shri Eduardo Faleiro (left) and Dr. Aurobindo Xavier
speeches. From l. to r.: Shri Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI
Affairs, Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho, Consul General of Portugal in Goa,
Ms. Cecilia Menezes,
Hon. Consul of Germany in Goa
The public attending
German Alumni Meeting
TU Berlin (Technical University Berlin) Alumni India Meeting
Visit to the German company Putzmeister, Verna
Mr Joseph Thomson of
Putzmeister Concrete Machines Pvt. Ltd. welcomed the alumni for the
exclusive tour. Mr. Thomson explained structure and
performance of Putzmeister company
and guided the visit to the
factory in Verna
The alumni had the
opportunity to watch the various stages of production
and a fascinating big truck mounted concrete pump (right picture)
Alumni Lunch at Mr. Valentino Correia's ancestral
at Velim, Salcete
German alumni at Alumnus Mr. Valentino Correia's ancestral house at
TU Berlin alumnus
Manuel Caldeira presented a special lamp with the TU Berlin logo.
right two alumni of TU Berlin:
Dr. Ing. Martin Ferus-Comelo (left) and Dipl.
Ing. Manuel Caldeira
German alumni enjoyed
a great day at Mr.
Valentino Correia's house
Language learning in the
context of globalisation:
The study of European languages in Goa
Participants of the
roundtable from l. to r.: Ms Margarete Xavier (German language),
Ms Maria do
Céu Barreto (Portuguese language), Dr. Edith Melo Furtado (French
and Ms Emanuela Carponi (Italian language)
at the roundtable in Panjim
From Eicher Germany to
Eicher, President of the non-profit "Eicher Association" Germany
explaining the evolution of the EICHER company and brand
Mr. Eicher and the
"German Landscapes" -
Paintings by Alexandra Weidmann
Two paintings (above) of the exhibition
by the painter Alexandra Weidmann (Berlin).
The German Christmas
Bazar was a very successful event with German books,
Christmas decoration, gifts and souvenirs of Germany
Some attractive posters
of beautiful German landscapes decorating the place. Movies about Goa
and German landscape and citys were screened during the festival.
Wearing traditional Bavarian
was a great way to immerse in the Oktoberfest
Germany as Tourist Attraction and Destination
A wonderful evening
and a great time for the public at Aguada Anchorage Resort
Goan and German
participated in the festival and took home interesting souvenirs
broadcaster "Deutsche Welle" organized a funny quiz
with distribution of
The prizes were
generous: T-shirts, caps, keyholder, bags
and even a bottle of first
class German White Wine
Apfelstrudel, chocolate cake, walnut cake, Goulash, German bockwurst,
kartoffelsalat and Frikadellen (typical meet balls): the buffet was
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German cultural week in Goa
December 08, 2009
Indo-German Friendship Society,
Goa (IGSG) is planning a series of diverse cultural and musical events
between 9-13 December 2009, in cooperation with other organisations,
institutions and business enterprises.
Activities include German Science
& Technology days, Indo-German partnership (companies and products
presentation), German Christmas market, music concerts and the II German
alumni meeting. The grand finale will be bought up by "Oktoberfest" in
The IGSG group is dedicated to maintain the
close ties of friendship between Goa and Germany as well as other German
speaking countries and regions. The first German Cultural Days took
place in December, 2008 to great success.
This year’s programme of events opens with a
traditional German cake and pastry making workshop at the Fr. Angel
Institute of Food Crafts and Culinary sciences followed by the Dr.
Elizabeth Dessai prize awarding ceremony. The "Dr. Elisabeth Dessai
Prize in the Opportunity for Women and Promotion of the Environment" is
funded by Dr. Venkatesh Dessai, an eminent Goan surgeon at the Academic
Hospital of the University of Düsseldorf, Germany and husband of late
Dr. Elisabeth Dessai. Dr. Elisabeth Dessai, a German, was an eminent
social writer dealing especially with the problems faced by women in
Germany and in Goa and was actively raising her voice in environmental
issues. The prize will be awarded every year and is administered by the
The cultural week also includes the screening
of several acclaimed German films such as Good Bye Lenin and the Oscar
winner Das Leben der Anderen (The life of others) and many others.
On Thursday, 10 December, Dr. Indira Noronha
e Fonseca, Homoeopathic Physician for Directorate of Health Services,
Govt. of Goa will make a presentation on Homoeopathy and its Indo-German
connection. A presentation on Germany as an education destination and
opportunities for studying in Germany will take place on Friday, 11
December to be followed by a conference “Goans in Europe and Europeans
in Goa - Cultural Experiences and Identity”.
The festivities will conclude with a
traditional German Oktoberfest and Christmas market with a buffet and
German music, Bazaar, film screening and information about "Germany and
Goa as Tourism Destinations", painting exhibition by Ms Alexandra
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is a driving force for development': Faleiro
Panaji, Dec 11 : Goa's Commissioner for NRI Affairs Shri
Eduardo Faleiro today said cultural diversity is a driving force for
development and also a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual,
emotional and spiritual life.
Speaking as Chief guest after inaugurating a Conference on
''Goans in Europe and Europeans in Goa: Cultural Experiences and
Identity'', organized by the office of the Commissioner for NRI Affairs
and Indo-German Friendship Society here today, Mr. Faleiro said all
steps should be taken to ensure the safety of tourists particularly
women and in this context tourists should also be educated on proper and
He said that foreign diplomats including those who approach
the state Government with complaints from their citizens should be
advised to use their good office so that tourists are informed before
departure from their countries on dress and behaviour, which is
Paulo Neves Pocinho, Consul General of Portugal said that
some people migrate for political and economic reasons more so to secure
better jobs and live a better life at better place.
He said there are different identities such as cultural and
linguishtic, but the most important identity is of human being. We have
to respect diversity and should not forget that we all are human beings
which he termed is the identity in real sense.
Integration too, bring sense of belongingness to all the
communities, he further added.
Ms Cecilia Menezes, Hon. Consul of Federal Republic of
Germany said that Germens are disciplined people and always maintain
cordial relations with the locals.
Mr Cesar Menenzes, President G C C I, who spoke of the
visit of GCCI delegation to Lisbon, called for developing trade link
between Goa and Portugal.
Aurobindo Xavier, President Indo-Germany Friendship Society
Goa, stressed the need to adopt new realities without losing our
Representatives of different European Communities including
Adelino Rodrigues da Costa, a delegate of Fundacao Oriente and some
Goans based in Europe Share their experiences of living in Goa and
Earlier, John D Silva, Vice, Admiral (Retd) Chairman
Overseas Employment Agency of Goa in his introductory remarks spoke
about the historical background of cultural experiences and identity.
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