Berlin and Stuttgart (red) - Several exhibitions in Germany are focusing on the war in Ukraine. For example, the exhibition “Since the Beginning of the War” has started at StadtPalais Stuttgart. It highlights lines that have connected Ukraine and Stuttgart since the beginning of the Russian invasion and tells personal stories of escape, everyday life during the war and joint relief activities. The project also includes a charity art sale in cooperation with the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. The exhibition “Fragments of War” at the Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin showcases photographs by Johanna-Maria Fritz, Helena Lea Manhartsberger and Laila Sieber. The pictures, taken by these photographers from the Ostkreuz agency, document the fates of those affected and give insights into their current lives.
Zoe Wees conquered the international charts with Control two years ago. In the song the singer comes to terms with a form of epilepsy from which she suffered as a child. She was born in Hamburg in 2002 and was raised by her single mother. When she was 14 her music teacher discovered her talent.
According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a further 113.099 people in Germany have contracted the virus SARS-CoV-2 in the past 24 hours. (As per: July 1).
With German support, a Thai company has succeeded in converting the waste products generated in palm oil production into a raw material that can be used to produce paper. In the past, many millions of tons of the empty fruit husks would be simply discarded after harvesting. Now they are used to produce paper pulp that is dried, cut up into slices and supplied to paper manufacturers. They mix the raw product with water and other fibres, allowing all kinds of different types of paper to be produced. This is more sustainable and cheaper than using pulp made of wood fibres. And because the fruits of the oil palm are harvested all year round, there is always enough of the raw material available.
Swapping Buxtehude in northern Germany for Vicenza in Italy and Berlin for Malta: during the course of their vocational training, Prattheepan Thavarajah and Julia Bülow went abroad for a few weeks and remember exactly how it felt to overcome language barriers and make new friends. Their experiences were made possible by the European exchange programme Erasmus +. When they hear the name Erasmus, many people first think of students – whom the programme has been enabling to spend time abroad for 35 years. This European Union programme is also open to apprentices and trainees, however.
1. Internationally, The Scorpions from Hanover are the most successful band from Germany with more than 110 million music sound carriers sold in over 50 years. In 2017 they were inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History in the USA.
Vincent, you recently composed the musical scores for two Netflix series. What are you working on now? I’m currently working on several different projects. At the moment I’m working on the docuseries ‘Man in the Arena’ about the footballer Tom Brady. In addition to this I’m composing the music for a dance exhibition that will be staged in London in the summer. Apart from that, I compose songs for a number of artists.