Culture, Education, Sport
500th Anniversary and of the Reformation a view from outsight
It was on the 31st of October 1517 that Martin Luther was said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church of Wittenberg, Germany. This date is widely considered as the start of the Reformation, which has triggered a process of modernization and, to this day, still shapes the understanding of religion, society and politics worldwide. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Germany will celebrate the 31st of October 2017 with many colorful events. On this occasion, many international guests are invited to come to Germany in order to discuss the outcome of Luther’s achievements.
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The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided more than EUR 100,000 for the preservation of the Borobudur temple complex. As part of the cultural heritage preservation programme the allocated funds will be managed by the Paris-based UNESCO.
They are important institutions for research on Germany and Europe and drivers of innovation in academic training: the 15 Centers for German and European Studies in eleven countries focus on contemporary issues that transcend the boundaries of individual disciplines. The aim is to educate a young generation of experts on Germany and Europe that will work to achieve international understanding and cooperation. They link the academic, political and public spheres in the country where they are based through their focus on Germany and Europe. Within the framework of its research and academic relations policy the Federal Foreign Office promotes the Centers through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Centers for German and European Studies
For twelve months, the artists live and work in Berlin at the invitation of the German Federal Foreign Office, the Berlin Senate (city government) and the DAAD, engaging in an exciting exchange with the city and the German cultural scene. Creative freedom and artistic dialogue are the central ideas behind the programme. The aim is to enable the artists, while in Berlin, to devote themselves fully to their work, free from the pressures of market mechanisms and censorship.