Germany @ Canada

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Video: Program Highlights Germany @ Canada 2017

Relive with us this exciting, year-long program.

In 2017, the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut joined in the celebrations of Canada's sesquicentennial year with an exciting series of cultural events.
Under the motto Germany @ Canada 2017 – Partners from Immigration to Innovation / L’Allemagne @ Canada – Partenaires: de l’immigration à l’innovation, the program celebrated the German-Canadian friendship, shedding light on Germany's historical contribution to Canada's rich cultural mosaic as well as ongoing collaborations between the two countries in the fields of art and culture, science and research.
This broad program consisted of concerts and exhibitions, evening discussions, interactive installations, readings and film programs. They took place throughout the year and across the country.
A highlight of the program was the exhibition "Canada and Germany: Partners from Immigration to Innovation" in the pavilion of the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. Further events were held in Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, Banff, Vancouver and Halifax.


Cosima von Bonin: “Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea”
26 March – 28 May / Exhibition @ Oakville Galleries
In her first Canadian solo show, Cologne artist von Bonin examines her fascination with the sea through enchanting sculptural and textile works, accompanied by performances with German and Canadian artists.
Cosima von Bonin is a guest of the Goethe-Institut
Cornelia Sollfrank: COMMONS CLINIC
30 March – 22 April / Exhibition @ Studio XX, Montreal

Digital media art pioneer and hacker Cornelia Sollfrank will collaborate with Montreal-based artists in an exhibition addressing issues of feminism, digital media and the commons.
Presented by Studio XX in partnership with the Goethe-Institut
Ute Lemper: “Last Tango in Berlin”
4 May / Concert @ The Orpheum, Vancouver

Join chansonnière Lemper as she opens the Vancouver Opera Festival with the cabaret ballads of Weill and Brecht. Backed by a superb trio, Lemper explores the backstreets of Berlin, Paris and Buenos Aires, telling stories of love, passion, and survival.
Ute Lemper is a guest of the Goethe-Institut
Rimini Protokoll: 100% Montréal
Opening show of the 11th edition of the Festival TransAmériques Montréal

25 – 28 May / Performance @ Théâtre Jean-Duceppe, Place des Arts, Montreal
Berlin-based theatre collective Rimini Protokoll and 100 citizens will represent statistical data about Montreal on stage, sketching a playful, spectacular and subtle portrayal of a culturally complex city.
Presented by Festival TransAmériques in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federal Foreign Office
EUFF Classics: “Good Bye, Lenin!” by Wolfgang Becker
28 May, 3pm / Film screening @ The Royal Toronto

The hit comedy – starring a young Daniel Brühl – that defined the coming together of a nation after 1989. “A romantic comedy so smart & sweetly mature, it's liberating.” – TIME
Presented by the Goethe-Institut & German Consulate General Toronto
Charlotte: A Tri-coloured Play with Music
16 June – 18 June / Theatre @ The Theatre Centre, Toronto

Work-in-progress performances of Theaturtle’s ambitious genre-bending musical based on the remarkable life story of artist Charlotte Salomon, who produced over 1000 works while in hiding from the Nazis. A Canadian-UK-Czech co-production.
Presented by the Luminato Festival with the Goethe-Institut
Mont Réel!
26 June - 15 July, public space installation, Montreal

Inspired by Mont Royal, Constructlab will collaborate with architects, designers and artists from Germany, France and Canada to create an urban installation offering a gathering place for workshops, performances and neighborhood projects.
A collaboration between the Goethe-Institut & the Consulat général de France à Montréal and supported by le Fonds culturel franco-allemand
Déjà Revue - German Films from the 1950s
24–27 August / Film screening @ Revue Cinema, Toronto

Three classic post-war Heimatfilms from Goethe-Institut’s 35mm archive will screen at the historical Revue Cinema, once the go-to place for Toronto’s German community. The films feature star actors and some of the best directors of the time.

The Constitute: Interactive Installation
March 2018 @ Goethe-Institut Montreal

Known for producing outstanding objects, processes and experiences, the design and research studio The Constitute (Christian Zöllner & Sebastian Piatza) will create a new interactive work for the facade of the Goethe-Institut.
Presented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and Inter_Connect Mtl - Berlin
A Wall is a Screen
13 – 23 September @ Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec

The artist collective from Hamburg, A Wall is a Screen, invites cinephiles in Quebec to a special evening event, a combination of guided tour and short film screenings at unusual locations.
Presented by the Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec in partnership with the Goethe-Institut
In October, A Wall is a Screen will perform at imagineNATIVE, Toronto

Artist talk with Sven Marquardt
September 23, 2017 @ never Apart, Montreal

The Goethe-Institut is pleased to welcome German photographer Sven Marquardt for an artist talk at Never Apart as part of his exhibition BLACK BOX.

How is now - Choreographie: Laurie Young
October 25. - 28., 2017 @ Arts Court - Odd Box, Ottawa

In How is Now, Laurie Young collaborates with drummer and sound designer Johannes Malfatti in an observation about time. 
A National Arts Centre and Ottawa Dance Directive/SD10 copresentation.

Borderless Mountains: Alpine literature meets the Rockies
28 October – 5 November @ Banff Centre 

How does a chosen literary setting affect story, characters, voice? European and North American authors read from their “mountain” works and discuss how region and home define their writing.​​ The Goethe-Institut & Banff Centre invite two German-language authors to Canada to read from their works in translation and discuss with their local colleagues what mountain culture means to them. 
Presented by the Goethe-Institut, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Toronto’s International Festival of Authors

Conference: Automated Environments
November 1 @ Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

This conference will engage the rise of ecologies of automation and their impact on human life, habitation, agency, sovereignty, and imagination. We want to ask how the turn to “smart” and automated systems is historically related to changes in governmentality, politics, and economy, while considering the future of “intelligent” and smart design, habitats, economies, and polities.
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Montreal in collaboration with Speculative Life Cluster (Concordia University), and hosted by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.


produzentin & Cosima von Bonin Photo: Miro Kuzmanovic

Germany @ Canada 2017
Collaborating with Cosima von Bonin

Cologne-based artist Cosima von Bonin, who has a her first Canadian solo exhibition in Canada, a collaboratin between Oakville Galleries and the Goethe-Institut Toronto, has long collaborated with German and Canadian artists and performers. We asked German-born and Toronto-based artist produzentin what makes working with von Bonin special.

Doug Saunders speaking at a Goethe-Institut Toronto event, 2016 Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto / Toby Wang

Germany @ Canada 2017
Germany: Where the refugee flood is a solution, not a problem

What about all those tens of thousands of Syrians, Eritreans and Iraqis who don’t end up bobbing lifeless in the Mediterranean or steered at gunpoint back to the southern shore? Where do they wind up? A reflection on the situation by Canadian journalist Doug Saunders.