Germany and the United States are wunderbar together
From October 2018 until late 2019, Germany celebrates its close friendship to the U.S. through the Year of German-American Friendship or Deutschlandjahr. The theme of “Wunderbar Together” highlights the strong relationship between the two counties, which is rooted in deep historical ties and shared culture.
Roughly 50 million Americans claim German heritage, making it the largest ancestry group in the U.S. German companies have created 674,000 American jobs. Germany is the fourth largest foreign employer in the U.S. The countries generated $171.6 bill ion in shared commerce in 2017.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Air Lift, when American “candy bombers” helped the people of Berlin survive the end of the Second World War.
The U.S. is the most popular overseas tourist destination for more than 2 million German travelers each year, and Americans are the most frequent overseas visitors to Germany.
Wunderbar Together will leverage a vast network of more than 200 partners to hold events in all 50 states between now and late 2019. In total, Wunderbar Together will host more than 1,000 events. These will highlight all aspects of society: business, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, and sports.
The first Deutschlandjahr was held in 2005, and there have been more than 40 similar initiatives – ranging from a full year to several weeks – in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam, India, and China.
This immersive traveling exhibit will bring German culture and traditions to high school and college students in in all 48 contiguous states.
A traveling exhibit bringing German culture to high school and college students in the U.S.
THE BIG POND. A US-German Listening Series
THE BIG POND is a collection of 50 unique audio pieces released on a weekly basis.
Von Brezn und Bier über Berliner Mauer und Harley Davidson bis hin zu Recycling – THE BIG POND wirft eine frische Perspektive auf das, was beide Länder verbindet.
Wunderbar: A Celebration of German Films
Free access to Germany’s best and most impressive lineup of classic and contemporary German cinema online
During the year-long Wunderbar Together celebration of the German-American friendship, the Goethe-Institut in partnership with Kanopy has gifted Americans with access to 48 of Germany’s best and most impressive lineup of classic and contemporary German cinema online for free.