Wonderful events sometimes last a little longer. This is why the German-Georgian year is longer than 12 months, namely 18 – from April 2017 to its climax in October 2018, when Georgia will be the Guest of Honour of the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt. The opening event took place in Berlin on Wednesday (26 April).
We are celebrating the German-Georgian year in both countries with a broad range of topics, from culture to civil society, under the heading “Inheriting the future”. This play on words alone reminds us that time is a relative concept. These occasions are therefore a journey through the history of our countries – with the two hundredth anniversary of the arrival of German settlers in the Southern Caucasus on the one hand and the 25th anniversary of the re‑establishment of diplomatic relations on the other.
“The excellent German-Georgian relations are simply timeless!” quipped Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the opening event in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Office, which was also attended by his counterpart Mikheil Janelidze. The two Foreign Ministers, who had met for bilateral talks prior to the event, have assumed the patronage for the German-Georgian year.
Over 130 joint events and projects are planned in both countries within this framework over the coming 18 months. “This is a testament to the richness and diversity of our relations. We are ”inheriting“ an extremely vibrant Georgian-German future!” said Foreign Minister Gabriel.