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Foreign Minister Gabriel on the Year of Germany in Mexico

07.06.2017 - Press release

This weekend, the Year of Germany in Mexico draws to a close. More than 20,000 guests are expected to attend the final open-air concert in Mexico City to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Year of Germany.

In this connection, Foreign Minister Gabriel made the following statement today (7 June):

Germany and Mexico work as close partners to shape global issues of the future, not least in the G20 under the German Presidency. Through the Year of Germany in Mexico we have been able to expand this partnership considerably with more than 1300 events across the country and in the process convey a multifaceted image of Germany - from a political, economic and above all cultural perspective. At a time when conditions are growing harsher, when fundamental principles of order are being called into question, we need to strive more than ever before to bring people together across borders. Not isolation, but only cooperation and dialogue will help us to make progress on resolving global issues. That is why, alongside traditional diplomacy, we are focusing on a foreign policy of societies that does precisely this. With the Year of Germany in the United States planned for 2018, we intend to resolutely continue this approach

The Year of Germany is a Federal Government project, with the Federal Foreign Office in the lead role, coordinated by the Goethe-Institut and implemented in partnership with the Federation of German Industries. It is part of the German-Mexican Año Dual, with the motto “Alliance for the Future”.

More than 1300 events attracting almost 4.5 million visitors took place throughout Mexico. The focal topics covered an entire 360° perspective and included the following areas: mobility and urbanism, scientific and cultural co-production, industry 4.0, digital culture, sustainability and climate protection.

Exhibitions, concerns, symposia, workshops and cooperation partnerships for the Year of Germany attracted considerable interest, particularly from young Mexicans. From the Otto Dix exhibition “Violence and Passion”, through live concerts performed by electro musicians from Berlin, to a “Pop-Up Tour” through the whole of Mexico, the broad-based programme enabled visitors to gain interesting insights and enjoy special experiences. Other highlights included the German industrial trade fair “Hecho en Alemania”, the Science Tunnel created by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG), an exhibition on biodiversity in cooperation with the Botanical Gardens in Berlin, Germany as the guest country at the DesignWeek Mexico, the German sustainability week and German participation in the most important Mexican film festivals.

Professor Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut:

The Goethe-Institut, which has been responsible for coordinating the Year of Germany in Mexico, is particularly satisfied with the positive response to the Year of Germany, which has been extraordinarily well received far beyond Mexico City. Throughout the country we have seen cooperation between all social groups. It was not just a one-off extravaganza; cultural and educational exchange between the two countries has been intensified more permanently, with the result that something of what has been achieved will remain: ties between artists, civil society prospects and projects in the fields of science and business.

Professor Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industries:

Mexico is not only a key business partner for Germany but also a reliable ally on issues of international trade and climate policy. German enterprises organised more than 500 events during the Year of Germany and presented themselves convincingly as providers of state-of-the-art technology and sustainable solutions.

The final concert to celebrate the end of the Year of Germany in Mexico on 9 June will feature the Munich DJ duo Schlachthof Bronx and the famous Mexican bands Nortec Collective and Celso Piña at the Monumento de la Revolución in Mexico City. The Pop-Up Tour will take place from 9 to 11 June and will incorporate an interactive, varied programme for all the family.

More information is available at http://www.alemania-mexico.com/

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