Neue Episode: DKG Student Exchange Program

Welcome to a new episode of AhornTV! Here you can learn everything about the student exchange program of the German Canadian Association (DKG – Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft)!

We attended the annual meeting of the German Canadian Association in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. Since 1951, the German Canadian Association supports and strengthens the economic, social, and cultural links between the two countries. One of their main focuses is their student exchange program. In our studio, we have as a guest Udo Voigtlaender, treasurer at the DKG, who just arrived with 30 German exchange students in Canada. He tells us all about the DKG and their very successful exchange program.

The program offers German students the opportunity to gain professional experience in Canada, and also helps Canadian students to find a work place or intern-ship in Germany. With a Work & Travel visa, the students have the chance to work and learn at well renowned companies, such as BMW in Montreal. In order to organize the student exchanges, to find the best job opportunities and accommodation, the DKG collaborates with the Canadian Embassy in Berlin as well as with many renowned and long-standing partners and companies in Canada.

For students with excellent references, the DKG offers a stipend which covers the cost. At the meeting in Bad Hersfeld, one of these very successful students tells about her unique experiences during her time in Canada and recommends everybody to seize the chance.

Since the program started in 1965, 3000 students participated in the student exchange and spent an unforgettable time in beautiful Canada!

Enjoy!

Sturgis Canada 2014

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Bald ist es endlich wieder soweit! Vom 21. – 24. August findet in Merritt, BC, das Sturgis Canada 2014 statt.

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Das Sturgis Canada ist das größte Biker-Treffen Kanadas. Jedes Jahr treffen sich hier Motorradliebhaber aus aller Welt. Dieses Jahr ist es das erste Mal in Merritt, BC, auf einem riesigen Gelände, auf dem früher das Merrit Mountain Music Festival stattgefunden hat. Ray Sasseville, Organisator von Sturgis Canada, hofft, dass das Biker-Treffen nun in Merritt, BC, ein dauerhaftes Zuhause wird finden können: ein Ort, an dem Biker zusammenkommen und und sich an dem erfreuen können, was sie am meisten lieben – Motorräder und Motorradfahren!

 

 

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Das Sturgis Canada bietet eine Menge Spaß für jeden! Auch dieses Jahr sind wieder viele Events geplant. Es wird eine Tour zum Whale Watching nach Vancouver geben, eine Tour zum Wine Tasting ins Okanagan, eine Veteranen-Tour und einen Ladies Cancer Ride. Ausserdem gibt es Body Painting, Cabbage Patch Wrestling, Motorcycle Cowboys & Rodeo Games und natürlich viel Live-Musik. Und das ist nur eine kleine Auswahl!

Seht selbst! Viel Spaß!

 

Review of Berlin Biennale 8 – by Rhea Boyden

Vom 29.5.2014 bis 3.8.2014 fand in Berlin die 8. Berlin Biennale statt. Seit 1998 stellt die Berlin Biennale neue künstlerische Visionen und Entwicklungen vor und hat sich inzwischen zu einer der einflussreichsten Veranstaltungen für zeitgenössische Kunst in der ganzen Welt entwickelt. Kurator ist der kanadisch-kolumbianische Juan A. Gaitán.

Die in Berlin lebende amerikanisch-irische Schriftstellerin Rhea Boyden hat eine beeindruckend klare Review über das Event geschrieben. In ihrem Blog geht sie nicht nur sehr detailliert und anschaulich auf die Kunstausstellung ein, sondern spiegelt auch Gefühle und Gedanken wider, die in einem Menschen aufkommen, der die Veränderungen, denen die Stadt Berlin in den vergangenen 20 Jahren unterworfen war, miterlebt hat.


Berlin Biennale 8 – by Rhea Boyden

It is a hot Saturday afternoon and I am standing in the middle of Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes’ exhibit at KW Institute of Contemporary Art entitled ‘A secluded and pleasant land, in this land I wish to dwell.’ I am alone, thankfully, because I am in a bad mood. I have just walked down Auguststrasse in the centre of Berlin Mitte and entered this room of hanging hemp ropes, silk yarns, twirled and hanging bamboo sculptures and what appears to be a giant checkerboard on the floor. The rope makes me think of a noose, the checkerboard a maze. Hmm. I ponder the second half of the title: ‘in this land I wish to dwell.’ I am in the middle of a long goodbye to Berlin and have firmly decided that I no longer want to live in this land, and this exhibit is now irritating and depressing me. Gentrified Auguststrasse in 2014 depresses me too and makes me very nostalgic for the good old days of Berlin. I have many reasons for leaving now.

The curator of this year’s Berlin Biennale, Canadian/Columbian Juan Gaitan at least got something right with his curatorial aim when he stated his intention to hold the exhibition in already existing cultural venues because he says ‘continuing to seek out seemingly abandoned or derelict spaces for exhibitions no longer reflects the reality of Berlin.’ Indeed. [...]

To get to the full version of the blog, please go to: http://rheaboyden.com/2014/07/26/review-of-berlin-biennale-8/

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