14.11.2017A ceremonial opening of the annual festival Germany Days in Pyatigorsk – 2017 under the slogan “Geschichte lebendig erleben”, devoted to the 500 anniversary of the Reformation and 95 theses of Marin Luther was held on November 14, 2017.
This project has been implemented at Pyatigorsk State University for 7 years now, and for three times it won among the similar projects, noted by the Embassy of FRG in Russia.
This year the project of the Germany Days in Pyatigorsk received a grant support from the Embassy of Germany in Russia for realization amounted to 119 000 rubles.
The festival opening was marked with a visit of Lars Olberg, regional Plenipotentiary of the German Embassy in Russia in the North Caucasus. In his greeting speech, Mr. Olberg said: “Iogann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote, “Enthusiasm evoked by the history is the best thing it gives”. Days of Germany in Pyatigorsk support this idea. They use common history to evoke the enthusiasm to learn German language, culture, and Russian-German relations.” Summarizing the speech Mr. Olberg thanked Stavropol Krai and Pyatigorsk for hospitality, and organizers of the Germany Days for their big contribution into the Russian-German relations and handed out the letters of gratitude from the Ambassador of Germany in in the Russian Federation, Mr. Rudiger von Fritch to Professor A.P. Gorbunov, Rector of PSU, V.E. Mishin, head of the Department of International Relations and Educational Programs of the university, E.N. Pronchenko, director of IRGLIHT, N.S. Shavkun, head of the chair of German studies, N.V. Papka, head of the Center of German Language and Culture, and other officers of the Chair of German Studies: V.F. Belova, T.P. Zhuravliova, G.A. Lebedenko, B.A. Malinin, A.E. Mirzakhanova, M.E. Morozova, N.V. Ustina and S.N. Savenko, director of Pyatigorsk Regional History Museum, project’s partner.
The festival began its work from the opening of an art exhibition “500 Jahre Reformation”, provided by the German Embassy, and with the presentation of a monograph “Historic sketches about Germans in Caucasus Mineral Waters” which was the result of the collaboration of the Chair of German Studies and International Communication (headed by N.S. Shavkun) and the Chair of historic, social and philosophic disciplines, oriental studies, and theology (headed by V.P. Ermakov).
The first day of the festival terminated with a big concert, prepared by the students of IRGLIHT who showed a scene of a wedding of Martin Luther and Katarina von Bor.