New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

New Zealand in Leipzig

L-R: Chief Editor of Leipzig Zeitgeist, Christina Nielsen-Marsh, Ambassador Peter Rider, Chief Editor Kim Rupp-Gregory and Second Secretary Daniela Rigoli (photo: Christian Lehmann-Eschenhorn)

Last Friday, 1 October, was a night of celebrations in Leipzig. As part of the city’s Interkulturelle Wochen festival, the English-language magazine Leipzig Zeitgeist marked its second birthday with a New Zealand evening at the Club International.

A video clip from Tourism New Zealand provoked some misty eyes on the part of the audience. As they cleared, New Zealand Ambassador Peter Rider, delivered an address which transported the audience to the Land of the Long White Cloud. There followed a screening of Coffee and Allah (2007), a short film by New Zealand Director Sima Urale.  In the spirit of the Interkulturelle Wochen, this delightful film provided a snapshot of New Zealand's multicultural society and brought home the importance of human interaction.

The 100 guests present then had the opportunity to exchange views over a glass of New Zealand wine, provided by the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin. 

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