About twice a month we meet on Thursday evenings at around 7pm to chat in German
about current events, work, family, travel and holidays, etc. There is no topic to prepare
and we aim to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening, so do come along.
An email reminder will be sent but do check your emails or the website or give me a call on
01684 772966 as we do sometimes have to cancel if there is something on at the venue or if
the weather forecast is horrendous.
VENUE FOR KONVERSATIONSABENDE
Boston Tea Party
45-49, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JS
Tel: 01242 573 935
It is quite large, there's no loud music and it's handy for the bus stops and town. It's near the
Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks and hot drinks are available.
The only downside is that they close at 9pm, so we've made the time 7-9 pm.
May 11th and 25th
There is also a daytime German conversation group organised by Hazel Hanson which meets from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on the first Thursday of the month. The meetings are held in the Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, GL50 1HQ, usually upstairs. Drinks can be ordered at the bar downstairs and these will be brought up to us.
The dates for 2017:
Ich habe keine Gesprächsthemen
für nächstes Jahr geschrieben. Aber wenn ihr wirklich Themen wollt, schlagt ihr
einige bitte vor!
Ich wünsche euch ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und freue mich auf euch im neuen Jahr zu sehen.
Hazel's phone number is 01242 254105 and she is happy to answer any questions about
Hazel's email address is:
Also news of another group:
Claire Spanner writes:
Our charity Global Footsteps at 16 Portland Street, Cheltenham, Tel: 01242 577893 will also be hosting German conversation café on Tuesdays from 11.00 - 12.30 a.m. Term time only.
The aim is for German-lovers to chat in the language and share coffee & cake. The cost is £5.00 per person. I appreciate there are other groups going on - but this might be a time and place to suit some of the members.
Teutonic Tuesdays German Language Group restarts on 25th April. Claire says:
“Teutonic Tuesday will re-start on the 25 April at 11 a.m. Bring an article in German to share, have coffee and cake together, then chat about the reading or generally. Lots of fun and only £5 per person. Term-time only.”
Claire's mobile number is 07875 550070.
*************************BIERKELLER COMES TO CHELTENHAM
See report from Richard and Greg on News page.
Graham has reminded me that BBC4 showed the first 2 parts of Heimat, the epic German film series and this is available on BBC i-player.
WALKS IN BATH AND BRISTOL IN GERMAN
We've been contacted by a German speaking guide who has the following message:
I wondered if you and your conversation class may be interested in my walks. My name is Christel, I am a native German speaker and teach in adult education in Bristol. After my training as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, I started offering German walks to German speakers and learners. The last two years I had mixed ability speakers and after introducing necessary vocab, I did a small, slowly spoken presentation about the place. After a little quiz in pairs or threes, we moved on to the next stop. It was lots of fun and we usually ended up drinking a coffee together after finishing the walk.
This year I will offer German walks again, starting in Bristol on Thursday 20/4 at 2 pm in front of the Llandoger Trow. Attached are the dates for this year. There is more information on my website.
Jo Dean’s award
you may have heard that Jo Dean, former secretary of the club was
presented with a well-deserved award by the Cheltenham Arts Council for her
services to the German and Italian Clubs, Town Twinning and other contributions
to the town.
See the News and Reports page for a message from Jo.
Cheltenham / Göttingen Twinning, 22nd to 27th July
Over a hundred visitors from our German twin town will be in Cheltenham. See the “Partnerstadt” page.
Accommodation is required. Also for 15 young people who are visiting between 2nd and 31st July.
'Enlightened Princesses' exhbition explores role of German princesses in Britain during 18th century
22 June - 22 November 2017 | Kensington Palace, London
Opening at Kensington Palace in June, a major new exhibition 'Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World' explores the lives and achievements of three German princesses whose marriage into the British royal family placed them at the very heart of progress in the eighteenth century.
The princesses played a vital part in the shaping of the nation’s culture and redefined what it meant to be a royal woman, creating a legacy which resonates in the world today.
The exhibition draws together for the first time at Kensington almost 200 objects from across the globe - including many highlights from the British Royal Collection, the royal collections of Denmark and the Netherlands.
Göttingen Twinning visit 22nd – 27th July 2017
Annette still needs accommodation for this event. See “Partnerstadt” page.
interest to some members.
The group are playing at Oxford, Bristol and
Birmingham in the summer.
The popular German comedian is touring Britain this year. His Cheltenham event in March is sold out but there may be returns or other cities you are interested in.
All details on the tour website:
PORTRAYING A NATION: GERMANY, 1919-1933
If you are in Liverpool in the near future you may be interested in this exhibition.
23 June-15 Oct
At the Tate, Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4BB
This exhibition presents the faces of Germany between the two world wars told through the eyes of painter Otto Dix (1891–1969) and photographer August Sander (1876–1964) - two artists whose works document the radical extremes of the country in this period.
Featuring more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, Portraying a Nation combines two exhibitions: Otto Dix: The Evil Eye includes paintings and works on paper that explore Dix’s harshly realistic depictions of German society and the brutality of war and ARTIST ROOMS: August Sander which presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century, his attempt to document the German people. In painting and photography, these works from a pivotal point in the country’s history reflect both the glamour and the misery of Weimar Republic.
BONN WEEK IN OXFORD
On 26th and 27th May, there are various German and Beethoven themed events in Oxford.
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Location: Broad Street, Oxford
- Time: 12:00 - 16:00
- Cost: Free
Classic German street festival, complete with performances from visiting German cultural groups as well as local performers and street food. Free entry.
Oxford/Bonn 70th Anniversary Logo Competition
Children and adults are invited to submit their design for a logo to mark the 70th anniversary of the Oxford-Bonn twinning link, culminating during this year’s Bonn Week celebrations (Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 May 2017).
Prizes will be given to the winner of each of the categories below:
- Primary School age entry
- Secondary School age entry
- Adults/general public entry
- Overall winner
The design must:
- make reference to the 70 years of Oxford-Bonn twinning links
- be usable for a variety of events (e.g. music, educational, family, dance, sport)
- make reference to the current Bonn-Oxford logo (above)
- be landscape or square format
- be in JPEG format
- be appropriate for use on posters, leaflets, brochures, and other marketing material (e.g. t-shirts, mugs, and bags).
The overall winners’ design will be used on marketing material for Bonn Week and future twinning events and, therefore, should represent the two cities, their rich culture and strong twinning links.
The competition will run from 13 January to 13 February 2017.
All entries must be sent via email to [email protected] with the entrant’s name, age, email and their school’s name (if applicable).
History of Oxford-Bonn Link
On 6 June 1947, the Military Government of North Rhine Westphalia suggested that a scheme for the exchange of information between Bonn and Oxford might be considered and, from such humble beginnings, the link has developed into a strong and resilient twinning partnership.
For 70 years, exchanges have taken place in areas including sport, music, and the arts.
Every four years, we celebrate Bonn Week in one of the twin cities. Oxford has the great pleasure of hosting Bonn Week 2017 - its 70th anniversary.
Bonn Week was established to promote the twinning partnership between the cities of Oxford and Bonn.
ANGLO-GERMAN WALKS 2017
If you like both walking and speaking German, as well as meeting German speaking people, you could think about going on one of Neil McDonald's Anglo-German walks.
Between 6 and 16 native English and German speakers will walk and speak in each other's languages.
The holidays take place this year in St Johann, south of Salzburg, Füssen in the Bavarian Alps, Monschau in the North Eiffel and Boppard on the Middle Rhine as well as four centres in England: Berwick-on-Tweed, Callender, the Welsh Mrches and the Forest of Dean. Each holiday lasts 6 days, 7 nights B&B and evening meal and consists of an 8-13 mile walk on 5 of the days.
I have more details about 2017 programme and a brochure. (Greg)
34 West End Rise
Tel: 0113 2581543
Email: [email protected]
See also Rosemary Campbell's report of last year's holiday on Rügen on the News and Reports page.
BRITISH GERMAN ASSOCIATION
We are affiliated to the BGA. Most of their events are in London. Their working language tends to be English but if you are in London, they are often very interesting.
For BGA Events - see website www.britishgermanassociation.org
Twinning Conference Bristol May 12th 2017
Parliamentary Day Luncheon June 13th House of Lords further information to follow
AGM and Summer Drinks Reception July 12th further information to follow
See below for contact details.
Kirsten Brak, Assistant
BGA Executive Office
BGA Executive Office
A message from the BGA
Our friends who run the Eaton Square Concerts at St. Peter's Church, close to Belgrave Square, have invited BGA Members and Friends to attend their concerts at a special price. We are delighted therefore to give you the following information. Using the code ESCGERMAN tickets for BGA members are £10 instead of the normal £18. This code can be used directly when booking tickets on the Eaton Square Concerts website at www.eatonsquareconcerts.org.uk or should be given to the ticket agent when purchasing a ticket over the telephone using their dedicated telephone line 0207288 6511. The discount also applies to cash purchases at the ticket desk on the night of a performance upon mentioning the code.
BGA Executive Office
KUNST IN LEICESTER
German Expressionism at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester.
"We are proud to host the largest collection of German Expressionist artwork in the UK, and with support from Arts Council England have re-displayed the collection.
Our new gallery uses cutting edge museum design to uncover the remarkable story behind our collection. Exploring how and why German and other Expressionist artists revealed their innermost emotions through art, dance, music and drama."
Over 100 paintings, sculptures and lithographs are on show by artists including Paul Klee, Otto Dix, Franz Marc (Red Woman, 1912), Max Beckmann and Ernst Neuschul (Messias, 1918).
See a report on a recent trip there on the Archiv page.