Monday 29 December 2014


Dear Goethe Friends,

It is our pleasure to ring in the New Year 2015 with some exciting and inspiring programmes during the month of January!

EXHIBITION : Nomads of Memories
By Béatrice de Fays (B2Fays)
Opening: Sunday, 11 January 2015
On view: 12 - 19 January 2015
Venues: Alliance Française Hyderabad, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad & Kalakriti Art Gallery

About The Exhibition:
As a part of the Krishnakriti Festival, Alliance Française Hyderabad, Kalakriti Art Gallery and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad are pleased to present “NOMADS OF MEMORIES” by French artiste Béatrice de Fays. The exhibition and art installation will take place simultaneously in three venues at : Alliance Française Hyderabad, Kalakriti Art Gallery and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad. Each venue will have a unique take on the theme of the project “Nomads of Memories”. The theme is an exploration through painting, mixed-media and digital installations between reality, art and memory. The exhibition and installation invite the viewer to delve into the artists imagination and world of memories to explore, discover and re-create.

By Sivakesav Rao Kandru
Date and Venue will be announced soon.

About The Exhibition:
We eagerly wait for the newspapers every morning. We binge on it, even before we touch our breakfasts. We glue ourselves to TVs, eagerly listening and watching breaking news, even before our dinners. We entertain and suffer arguments, abuses, fistfights, murders, terrorists’ acts and extremist threats. For us scams and scamsters are no more a worrisome topic. They are entertainment. Tens of crores of loot is petty news, hundred plus is interesting and thousands of Crores is exciting.
In short, We drink News, eat News and breathe News. Then what?
Do we only excrete the NEWS as it is?
Are we only a NEWS obsessed society that eats it, only to pass it out, unregistered and unaffected?

Opening Ceremony: Friday, 23 January 2015
Literary Days: 24 January - 26 January 2015
Venue: Hyderabad Public School

About HLF2015:
HLF is an annual event that celebrates creativity in all its forms. Started in 2010, the Festival draws over a hundred writers, artistes, scholars, publishers from India and abroad each year. HLF is a multi-lingual event with a strong focus on writing in Indian languages.

The guest nation for HLF 2015 is Poland, and the language in focus is Urdu. To draw attention to the growing threat of linguistic imperialism, HLF 2015 will also have a special session on India’s endangered languages and linguistic human rights.

Some of the star events that will happen at HLF 2015 include:
·         Javed Akhtar reciting "Kaifi Aur Main"- a collection of Urdu poetry
·         Mahesh Bhatt in a Panel Discussion with Leela Samson on “Aesthetics and the Common Man in the City”
·         Artport, an international curatorial practice that aims to raise awareness and inspire social change about environmental issues, with a focus on climate change
·         Dastan Goi - a revival of traditional story-telling, by Rana Pratap and Rajesh Kumar
·         Tom Alter will give a theatre performance based on the works of Sahir Ludhianvi
·         Mangala Bhatt and Jameela Nishat in an evening of dance, qawwalis and poetry.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Christmas and New Year Greetings!

Dear Goethe Friends,

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

from the entire GZ family!

Wednesday 17 December 2014


Dear Goethe Friends,
Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in collaboration with Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad, is pleased to invite you to an informal talk:
by Mr. Robert Zayd Paris

Date: Saturday, 20 December, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
Entry: Free, Open to All

 About the talk:
Mr. Robert Zayd Paris will speak about the general German and European understanding of creating museums and the importance of planning and concepts. He will also talk on how and in which circumstances to present exhibits according to scientific conditions. The interaction between the visitors and the display of objects in the museum, audio and visual support with electronic media will also be discussed, as well as the conservation of the artifacts and the kinds of display in exhibitions as well as in depots. There will also be a discussion on the methods and knowledge currently in use in India for museums-techniques and if possible, how to combine them.

Robert Zayd Paris is a photographer and consultant for museum techniques from Germany. He is the son of photographer Helga Paris, whose exhibition of photographs spanning nearly 4 decades on East Germany is currently on display at the Salar Jung Museum.

Monday 15 December 2014

German Movie Night

Dear Goethe Friends,
GERMAN MOVIE NIGHT is back at Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad with yet another exciting film:  
(A Year Ago in Winter) 
: Wednesday, 17 December, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
Entry: Free Entry – Open to All
 About the Movie: 

As Winter approaches and the new year is around the corner, we bring you a winter film that raises questions and makes one reflect on the important questions raised by the future and the promise of time to come. 

Im Winter ein Jahr (A Year Ago in Winter)
Drama, 129 mins, Germany (2008)
Director: Caroline Link 

A renowned artist must uncover a young dancer's secrets in order to truly capture her likeness for a commissioned work. In this film, interior designer Eliane Richter commissions Max Hollander to paint a picture of her two children. Her daughter Lilli is not keen on the idea, because her brother Alexander committed suicide and the portrait of the two would be nothing more than a decorative illusion. The project changes everyone directly and indirectly involved with the painting.

Monday 8 December 2014

Christmas Celebrations

Dear Goethe Friends, 

Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, as the last event under the banner of their 10 years’ celebration, is pleased to announce a very special evening to celebrate Christmas:
(Christmas Market)

Date: Saturday, 13 December, 2014 
Time: 5:00 pm – 8.30 pm 
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad 
Entry: Free – Open to All

About the Christmas Market:
In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt”. This year’s Christmas market of the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad will be one hard to forget. The Weihnachtsmarkt will be a bazaar of homemade Christmas goodies, handmade exclusive products, refreshments and snacks of all kinds, delicious sweets and of course festive music.

(A concert ‘Gloria’)


Date: Saturday, 13 December, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
Entry: Tickets available at Goethe-Zentrum
Rs. 150 (includes hot wine and snacks)

About the Band:

Witness Wide is a 4-piece Indian alternative rock band from Hyderabad. Alongside Souls of Passion choreo performing, they will present a special concert “ Gloria”, including a few pieces by the “i-Band” – an all-digital performance that will amaze!
Jasper: Lead Vocals and Guitar | Daniel: Lead Guitar | Jacinth: Bass and Backup Vocals | Simeon: Drums/Shakers | Evangeline: Backup Vocals | Christina: Violinn 2008.

Thursday 4 December 2014

Hall Naming & Exhibition

Dear Goethe Friends,

On the occasion of the 10 year celebration of its presence in Hyderabad, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad supported by the Ministry of Culture, Hamburg has the pleasure to announce the formal inauguration of its programme hall as the
Date: Thursday, 11 December 2014 Time: 5:00 pm 
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
Entry: Free, Open to All 

Shri. Dr. Rajiv Sharma, IAS, Chief Secretary of the Government of Telangana, will grace the occasion as Guest of Honour, while the ceremony will be officiated by 
Herr Achim Fabig, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai.

The formal ceremony will be followed by a Cultural programme: 
Date: Thursday, 11 December 2014 Time: 5:15 pm 
Venue: Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad
Entry: Free, Open to All 

About the Exhibition:
The exhibition is a joint effort by writer and poet Sridala Swami, and journalist Serish Nanisetti to showcase their photographs taken during their visit to Hamburg in 2008 on an invitation from the City State of Hamburg.

Sridala Swami is a poet, essayist and photographer. She was educated at the Rishi Valley School, Lady Sriram College, Delhi, and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Her first collection of poems, A Reluctant Survivor (2007), was published by the Sahitya Akademi/ National Academy of Letters. It was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Award. Swami has written four books for children, published by Pratham Books in 2009 and 2012. She was the 2011 Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and was a Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, 2013.

Serish Nanisetti has worked in various newspapers and also has taught in colleges for a brief while. In love with the heritage of Hyderabad and Telangaga, Serish has bigger dreams for these places. Writing is a job, while photography is a passion. The photographs of Hamburg and Hyderabad show the shared values and evolutions of cities. The location may be very different but the beating heart of these cities is the people who had similar needs, aspirations and dreams.