Cornelia Pieper, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, is to travel to Athens on Saturday (27 October) to take part in the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Goethe-Institut in Athens. While in Athens, Minister of State Pieper will also have talks with Constantine Arvanitopoulos, the Greek Education and Culture Minister.
Speaking today (26 October) ahead of her departure, the Minister of State praised the work of the Goethe-Institut in Athens saying:
“German culture and Greece’s tradition-steeped culture have been coming together in the Goethe-Institut in Athens for more than half a century. Indeed, Goethe himself believed that German culture owed much to Greek tradition.
I congratulate the Goethe-Institut in Athens on its 60th anniversary!
The invitation issued in 1952 by the Greek side to establish the first Goethe-Institut in Athens demonstrated a will to rebuild German-Greek friendship on a foundation of culture following the Second World War.
This succeeded in an impressive way: during its 60‑year existence, the Goethe-Institut in Athens has provided a unique space for exchange, dialogue and mutual inspiration in which Germans and Greeks have together engendered a new creativity.”