Dual Year Germany-México 2016-2017 in Review

By Elliot Bullman

Mexico - Germany Dual Year: Culture, Science, Education, Sustainability, Innovation and Mobility.

Six months after its inception, on June 6 of this year, Germany's 2016-2017 German Dual-Year Program has so far presented a total of 766 activities in 38 Mexican cities, based on its six thematic axes: Culture, Science, Education, Sustainability, Innovation and Mobility.

Events and activities have so far reached over 2.92 million people in Mexico. Among them have been concerts of classical music, jazz and electronic music; Exhibitions of art, science, industry and archeology, exhibitions of German cinematography; exchanges on dance, sound art or scientific journalism; as well as political, academic and civil meetings on sustainability and the environment.

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The vast majority of these events have been conducted in collaboration with Mexican institutions including la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, la Universidad de Guadalajara and el Instituto Politécnico Nacional.

The aim of Dual Year initiatives is to create a closer and long-term link between Mexico and Germany, reinforcing the "Alliance for the future", which is the theme of this binational meeting.

Highlights of the Dual Year to date include the Gala Concert performed by the German Youth Orchestra at the Palace of Bellas Artes in June.

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Another highlight was Sustainability Week, held from June 22 to 26 in various parts of the Mexican capital and organized by the German Cooperation in Mexico, discussed research and advances on climate change, biodiversity and urban and energy sustainability. This meeting brought together 1,989 private, academic and civil sector attendees through conferences, keynotes, panels and discussion tables.

In addition, 379 projects participated in the German initiative called Matching Funds, which grants up to 10 thousand euros towards innovative proposals on the six thematic axes of the Dual Year. Of these 18 were selected for presentation in 2016 and 20 more will take place in 2017.

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Coming Up In 2017

Coming to a Mexican City near you is the ”PopUp Tour”, which will tour from February through five cities in Mexico carrying out activities such as German movies, a mobile library, exhibitions and concerts of jazz and electronic music.

In March, the Franz Mayer Museum will host an exhibition on Hannes Meyer, who was the director of the Bauhaus and who lived in Mexico, where he left his mark and influence. Then, in April and May respectively, a sample on diversity and sustainability will be held at the Old Mining Palace.

Also in April the MUCA Roma will host a series of collective interventions that will exemplify economic mobility in the context of neoliberalism and globalization, while the Intelligent Mobility Symposium for the future will address issues such as the use of the electric car, efficiency Energy, innovations in public transport and other topics.

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