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Congo unplugged Photo: Gitte Zschoch

A Letter from Kinshasa
Congo unplugged

(15 June 2015) There is a lack of just about everything in Kinshasa with the exceptions of music, artists, the love of dancing and good spirits. With these and hard work, the people keep their vibrant arts scene alive. Sometimes you have to do without a drum set and just use a bottle crate instead. By Gitte Zschoch

Sport Trumps Art Photo: Garrett Ziegler

A Letter from New York
Sport Trumps Art

(8 June 2015) Since everyone is focusing again on questions of race and ethnicity in America, I begin to look more closely to see where people of different origins and skin colours casually mix in New York. The corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and 125th Street stands out. By Christoph Bartmann

The Mountain Calls Photo: Sebastian Woitsch

A Letter from Ulan Bator
The Mountain Calls

(9 March 2015) Today, I am aiming high. I want to climb the Chingeltei Uul with a group of hikers. Twenty below? No sweat! By Sebastian Woitsch

...till the fat lady sings Photo: Michael Cooper

A Letter from Toronto
...till the fat lady sings

(2 March 2015) I have to shout it to the world: the Canadian Opera Company is splendid and evolving to become one of the prime addresses for opera. They are being helped along by two men from Germany. By Uwe Rau

Shooting Practice with Uncle Buddha Photo: Franz Xaver Augustin

A Letter from Yangon
Shooting Practice with Uncle Buddha

(15 September 2014) An unusual visitor: Young female soldiers in Myanmar might expect some oddities at target practice, but a German photographer dropping by with an obsession for targets might surprise them. Herlinde Koelbl did just that. By Franz Xaver Augustin

About 100 days to go before Lithuania joins the euroland Photo: Goethe-Institut Litauen/Rūta Kuckaitė

A Letter from Vilnius
Count backwards and sing

(8 September 2014) Give us the euro! While many elsewhere presage the end of the community currency, Lithuanians can hardly wait to join the club. By Johanna M. Keller

The tui is the comedian of New Zealand’s birds (Photo: Bettina Senff) Photo: Bettina Senff

A Letter from Wellington
Bird of the Day

(11 August 2014) No, it wasn’t a lark. Nor was it a nightingale. Today, it wasn’t even a tui. But one thing is certain: When you hear the wake-up call on the radio in New Zealand in the morning, it’s always voiced by a professional. By Bettina Senff

Exhibition in the Goethe-Institut Toronto (Photo: Geoff Fitzgerald Photography) Photo: Geoff Fitzgerald Photography

A Letter from Toronto
Rainbow Colours Even in the Zebra Crossings

(4 August 2014) Not many cities can say their claim to international fame is the notorious behaviour of their mayor. Colourful Toronto certainly can.