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Cairo meets Berlin: GUC Cultural Activities in the Capital of Europe

In GUC News
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Since 2003, German University in Cairo plays an active role in promoting the Egyptian culture in Germany & the German culture in Egypt through a lot of active cultural activities and scientific forums. In 2014, GUC Berlin Campus inauguration further extended the scientific and cultural cooperation in Germany. This week, during July 2017 The German University in Cairo conducted several major events in Reinickendorf area in Berlin.

GUC first event is a workshop about the history of Egypt. In this workshop, more than 100 school student from Berlin participated in the workshop that deals with Ancient Egyptian history throughout different eras, and famous touristic sites in modern Egypt. The activities of the GUC with the schools of Berlin is associated with the mission of the GUC to that aims to  create the scientific and the cultural links between German and Egyptian youth. 

The second activity is a Puppet Theatre that presents to Berlin’s school students different themes from the Egyptian culture.

The third activity is a cultural/musical one. As part of the several festivities and collaborations of the German University in Cairo in Berlin with the district of Reinickendorf – where the campus is located – eight members of the GUC Music Ensemble performed a joint concert with students of the Reinickendorf Music School in the so called “Tegeler Promenadenkonzerte”, a highly praised event that is very well known to the residents of Berlin.

The concert was attended by Katrin Schultze-Berndt – District Councilor for Schools, Education and Culture, Dr. Frank Steffel – Member of The German Bundestag (German parliament) and Prof. Ashraf Mansour - GUC Prime Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in addition to several media representatives. The musical program included German, as well as English songs and was closed by a selection of the most famous traditional Egyptian songs that strongly moved both German and Egyptian attendees.

Dr. Steffel mentioned the important role of music in building bridges for cross-cultural understanding and highly praised the GUC Music Ensemble’s performance.

As for Katrin Schultze-Berndt, she expressed her appreciation for the role that the GUC is playing in Berlin.

A second concert was held a day later on the GUC Berlin campus, performed by the very talented eight members: Leila Adham, Amgad Farag, Amir Elzarkani, Shady Azouz, Ali Farouk, Yaseen Ahmed, Ahmed Radwan and Mohamed Ebrahim.