GERMAN CULTURAL CENTER OF UZBEKISTAN “WIEDERGEBURT”
The beginning of the history of the Germans living on the territory of Uzbekistan is associated with the 60s of the 19th century. The most important aspects of the revival of national culture, German holidays with their joy, songs and dances, learning German language are the priorities of German cultural center of Uzbekistan “Wiedergeburt” (“Revival”) established in Tashkent in 1990 and which today unites the centers in Bukhara, Samarkand and Fergana.
It includes the clubs for interests, the clubs for folk art, dance and theater arts for young people. Within the in-depth—throughout the year—learning German there is the republican summer linguistic camp “Sommersprachakademie” with the participation of teachers from Germany.
Youth organization “Jugendstern”—“The star of youth” assists in the development of social work, cultural and educational events by the center. The major projects of youth are the national festival of dancing, stage plays of world classics and modern German and Uzbek authors in the framework of the annual festival of amateur German-speaking theaters. To help young actors-enthusiasts the teachers and theatrical figures from Germany are specially invited, who conduct master classes.
In the Senior Club for the elders the folk songs are sounded, together with the youth they celebrate traditional Easter—Ostern, westerns Christmas—Weihnacht, Earth Thanksgiving holiday—Erntedankfest, Muttertag and Fatertag—Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the Oktoberfest.
The center conducts national seminars on the history of Germans of the republic, evenings in honor of prominent figures of culture and art of Uzbekistan and Germany. Promotion of creativity of German classics—the composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by orchestra of Uzbek national instruments “Sogdiana” attracts the attention of general public.
Among recent publications there is “Wiedergeburt”—the book-album by Iryna Shchur “German artists of Uzbekistan”, the collection of materials “The Germans of Uzbekistan in the dialogue of cultures”, “The Germans of Fergana valley: history and modernity”.
The work of the German cultural associations is directly supported by the Intergovernmental Uzbek-German Commission on the issues of Germans living in the republic created in 1995, as well as its regular meetings with the activists of the center.
“Wiedergeburt” cooperates with the German Embassy in Uzbekistan, Goethe Institute in Tashkent and other German organizations, as well as with the Friendship Society Uzbekistan-Germany.