The German-French Friendship Treaty 2023
For a couple of years, the Alliance Française and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation have been celebrating the Anniversary of the German-French Friendship Treaty concluded by de Gaulle and Adenauer.
This year, it was the 60th Anniversary.
It is customary to invite an ambassador from another country to give a perspective on their view of the European Union .
This year, it was the Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski and his wife Anna.
The tour started with a Reception at City Hall.
The delegation continued their program at Queens University where they were received by President Lugo and his team:
The organizing team:
The luncheon was sponsored by the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation staged again its elegant and festive Christmas Party which has become a popular staple in the holiday season of the international community. It is a classy amalgam of culture, culinary delights and international encounters and exchange.
The theme was
Merry Making with Mozart
It started with “Die kleine Nachtmusik” fabulously performed by the accomplished string quartet
All participants came in ravishing elegance:
And after the first musical performance, the attendants enjoyed the Champagne Reception:
The Christmas Party found its peak in the twin highlight of a four-course dinner
which was interspersed with two intermezzi, consisting of arias and duets performed by Soprano Julia Woodward
and Tenor Jonathan White:
The musical delights:
“Oh mio babbino caro”, Gianni Schicchi, G. Puccini
„Dein ist mein Herz”, Land des Lächelns, F. Léhar
„Lippenschweigen“, Die Lustige Witwe, F. Léhar
„The Vilja Lied“, Die Lustige Witwe, F. Léhar,
„Ach so fromm“, Martha, F. von Flotow
Duet of the Phantom of the Opera
A fabulous evening:
Annual Celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation was represented at the annual Celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau, as organized this year by the Alliance Française at the Bechter Museum.
Lydie Surget, Présidente and Frédéric Gresset
Cooperation between The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and Tepper Sports: The Panthers and Charlotte FC
On June 11, our Foundation and Tepper Sports invited to a soccer game of the Charlotte FC against the New York Red Bulls in the Bank-of-America Stadium (which the Charlotte team won sovereignly 2:0) in order to celebrate the Carolina Panthers’ International Marketing Rights in Germany.
For this, representatives of the German business community were invited to a wonderful, German themed reception to get to know each other.
We at The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation are looking forward to an ongoing cooperation with Charlotte stellar first league partners.
On Friday, June 10, The American Council on Germany (ACG) and the N. C. Zeitgeist Foundation staged a breakfast for a delegation of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) which comprised Thomas Silberhorn, Member of the Deutsche Bundestag and Spokesperson for Transatlantic Relations, and Anne König, Member of the Deutsche Bundestag and Paul Linnarz, President of the KAS in Washington:
Ambassador Lambrinidis, Embassy of the European Union, and Ambassador Martin Weiss, Embassy of Austria, visit Charlotte
On May 25/26, Ambassador Lambrinidis, Embassy of the European Union, and Ambassador Martin Weiss, Embassy of Austria, visited Charlotte to learn more about the historical and political situation of the Southeast and its potential in the business sector.
The ambassadors were picked up by Klaus Becker and his wife Concha and accompanied on the way to the hotel by a police escort:
The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation invited to a smaller dinner:
On Thursday morning, May 26, Ambassador Lambrinidis and Ambassador Weiss went to City Hall:
to meet with Mayor Vi Lyles:
and discussed possibilities of working together -possibly via ‘Culture’ as vehicle- with Mayor Vi Lyles and City Manager Marcus Jones:
They met with Governor Roy Cooper:
before taking part in the Luncheon, staged by the World Affairs Council Charlotte and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation:
Gov. Roy Cooper introduced the two Ambassadors:
and they engaged in a most intensive and interesting podium discussion:
At the end, they received their commemorative documents:
In the aftermath some encounters:
It was a very successful visit which was also enjoyed and appreciated by the two visiting European Ambassadors.
The European Union can be glad to have such stellar representatives.
After several Covid-induced postponements, the eagerly-expected vernissages of TEASE – Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast staged by The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and organized and executed by Curator Johanna Steinz finally took place in Charlotte and Charleston.
The idea of strengthening transatlantic relations by staging a format where young artists from Germany work together with local artists, visit students to experiment with them to create artworks, culminated in two elegant art shows.
Charlotte: the vernissage a highlight in the art scene, an all-inclusive: all ethnic origins and age groups (2 – 85 years) were represented; 20 diverse nationalities visited the art exhibition.
Its theme “Heimat / Homeland” was originally coined in 2019 to remember the people who 200 years ago left their mother country Mecklenburg-Pomerania to find a new home on this side of the Atlantic and to prepare the ground that many generations later considered the Carolinas their “Heimat / Homeland”.
In today’s times of the Ukraine crisis, this topic has gained a completely different meaning and it fervently reminds of the more than 10 mil Ukrainian refugees who have lost their homeland, whose homeland is being senseless destroyed.
More fitting into times, an art show cannot be.
For more pictures and impressions click here.
Dinner at the Carolina Yacht Club
Prof. Dr. Morgan Koerner and Prof. Dr. Max Kovalov, both College of Charleston, invited the two militaries, Hanns-Seidel Stiftung and The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation to an informal meeting with students.