Michael Georg Link, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, will join his French counterpart, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Thierry Repentin, at a major prize-giving ceremony in Berlin tomorrow evening (5 June). Pupils from both countries will be receiving awards as part of the Franco-German MIX'ART project. Link and Repentin will give the speeches for one of the ten categories being recognized.
A total of 15,000 young people from France and Germany have joined in the cross-border art competition. The motto of the MIX'ART project was “Free to share responsibility”.
Held in Berlin’s Columbia Hall, the prize-giving will be complemented by an exciting programme of music. The 500 young people invited will also be treated to a full programme throughout their stay of several days in Berlin.
Initiated by the association Ariana and brought about in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and the Institut français, MIX'ART saw young people from France and Germany invited to create art – street art and comic strips – in the course of the school year.
The project is aimed particularly at young people from deprived areas in the two countries. The topics tackled in the various competition categories included freedom of speech, tolerance, combating violence, sustainable development and Franco-German friendship.
The speeches will be given by a number of high-level politicians alongside Minister of State Link and France’s Minister Delegate Repentin, including speakers from the German and French Ministries of the Interior, the French Education Ministry and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder.
The President of the Regional Council of French overseas département Guadeloupe will also be there, as a school group from the archipelago are among the prize-winners.
The project is an official part of the calendar of events planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty. The Federal Foreign Office is one of the MIX'ART project’s supporting partners.