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20 Years of Freedom: Germany Says "Danke"

THE 20TH anniversary of the lifting of the Iron Curtain is being marked in 2009. In commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy in Bratislava, in cooperation with the Slovak Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and other partners, will host an event called 20 Years of Freedom: Germany Says “Danke”. It will take place at SNP Square in Bratislava from June 19 to June 21.

THE 20TH anniversary of the lifting of the Iron Curtain is being marked in 2009. In commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy in Bratislava, in cooperation with the Slovak Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and other partners, will host an event called 20 Years of Freedom: Germany Says “Danke”. It will take place at SNP Square in Bratislava from June 19 to June 21.

Along with many opportunities to learn about the history behind the commemoration and to personally reflect on and interact with others about the events before and after 1989, the occasion will offer a high-profile, multi-faceted cultural and entertainment programme.

The aim is to foster a dialogue that includes German perspectives on the events that started in 1989 as well as the views of Slovakia and its citizens.

The varied programme on the tour – events are also planned in Prague, Warsaw, Gdańsk and Budapest as well as Bratislava – will celebrate this important anniversary and show the wealth of joint projects and partnerships that have come since then while continuing to look towards the future.

It also seeks to provide a forum for Bratislavans – and all Slovak citizens – to join together for a few entertaining hours and, most importantly, to express their opinions by participating in a personal dialogue on the momentous events of 1989.

20 Years of Freedom: Germany Says “Danke” will include a screening of the cult movie Good Bye Lenin at 20:30 on June 19, a reading by the successful novelist Monika Maron on Saturday, June 20 at 16:30 and a concert by BuJazzO, Germany's youth jazz orchestra on the same night, starting at 20:30.

On Sunday, June 21, a reading by Falko Hennin, followed by a discussion with Michal Hvorecký, will start at 15:00 and afterwards the stage will belong to the popular Slovak rock band Desmod. All events are free and will take place at SNP Square in Bratislava.

Source: German Embassy in Bratislava

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