Franco-German celebrations in Sri Lanka -50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty
Two events in the field of Education and Culture
To celebrate the 1963 agreement between France and Germany and the strong bonds between the two nations, a series of events - free of charge - will be scheduled in schools and universities as well as in French and German cultural centres.
Beyond the specific relations between these two European countries, these events will highlight the universal values of friendship between peoples, nourishing social progress and human development.
Poetic and musical evening: “Le voyage intérieur” - a spiritual journey, Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
Presentation of a selection of poems in German (original version) and in the French (translation by Jean Malaplate) by students of the Department of Modern languages (University Kelaniya) with a projection of the translation in English.
Introduction by Prof. Asoka de Zoysa and Mr. Chandeera Gunawardana (University of Kelaniya)
The recital of the poems will be presented in alternating with the “Four Last songs” by Richard Strauss and the Hermann Hesse Lyrics performed by Natalie Gooneratne (Soprano) & Kemalinie Samarakoon (Piano)
On Thursday 24th January 2013 at 6:30 pm at Goethe
Lecture by Mrs. Helga Olga Schafheutle, President of the Germany-Sri Lanka friendship Association on “Elysée Treaty: the meeting of two prominent political personalities: Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and President De Gaulle”
Presentation of the history of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between France and Germany with an emphasis on the personal role of the two signatories: Konrad Adenauer Chancellor of Germany and general de Gaulle, President of France, frontline artisans of reconciliation between their two countries.
On Thursday 31st January 2013 (afternoon, at 6 pm) at Goethe
These two events take place in the framework of the “Franco-German Year” commemorating the signing of the Elysée Treaty in 1962,
the “Hermann Hesse evening” as an initiative of the service for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the French Embassy in Colombo with the support of University of Kelaniya, Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo and Goethe Institut, the lecture as a private initiative of the President of the Germany-Sri Lanka Friendship Association, with the support of both Alliance Française and German cultural centre.