Mobile pavilions offer insight into the future
The mobile pavilions in Mumbai
© Germany+India 2011/2012
A magnet for visitors: 15 mobile pavilions made a stop in the Indian city of Mumbai. The travelling exhibition is one of the highlights of the current Year of Germany in India.
Mumbai was the first stop – from there the “Indo-German Urban Mela” will travel onward to four other Indian cities for ten days each. The pavilions were planned by German designer Markus Heinsdorff and built in India. They are a cooperative project between Germany and India, relating to the theme “Stadträume – City Spaces”. The Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development, the Goethe-Institut and the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, as well as companies such as Bosch, Deutsche Bank, BASF, Siemens, Bajaj Allianz, Lanxess, SAP and Lapp-India took part in equipping them. The pavilions focus on topics such as sustainability, energy, architecture and education.
The exposition is supplemented by a wide-ranging cultural programme including concerts, theatre performances and numerous other events. Those who would like to take a rest can visit an open-air beer garden with German and Indian specialties.
A highly attractive mix
Visitors in front of the pavilions
This mix has so far met with great interest. More than 70,000 people visited the “Indo-German Urban Mela” in Mumbai – including not only students, families and young professionals, but also numerous entrepreneurs and employees, for whom Germany is of interest in several respects: as an economic partner, a location for study and research as well as a travel destination and nation of culture.
The next stops of the “Indo-German Urban Mela” are Bangalore (22 June to 1 July 2012), Chennai (24 August to 2 September 2012), New Delhi (26 October to 4 November 2012) and Pune (11 January to 20 January 2013).
The Year of Germany in India under the slogan “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” is jointly sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business. Federal President Gauck has assumed the patronage.
Last updated 24.04.2012