11 to 24 June 2015
Chapel on Station, Box Hill
2 to 29 July 2015
Tabulam and Templer Homes, Bayswater
6 to 28 August 2015
Westvale Community Centre, St Albans
4 to 25 September 2015
Osborne House and Diversitat, Geelong
October 2015 (dates to be confirmed)
German Club Tivoli
Exhibition launch at Goethe-Institut
Friday 17 April, from 6pm
What an event ... our exhibition launched itself at the Goethe-Institut Melbourne ... and did us all proud!
When the RSVPs reached the 70 mark we were chuffed - but on the night approximately 120 people turned up! We used every last chair that could be found in the Goethe-Institut!
And the mood was great - with wonderful guests! Amongst them Mr Michael Pearce, SC, Honorary Consul General of the FRG, who once again did us the honour of opening the exhibition.
It was lovely to welcome the oldest of our 'Zeitzeugen', Inga Martinow, whose story is told in the book and whose portrait is particularly pertinent. George Dreyfus, our own German-Australian composer came with his wife Kay - and presented us with a very special treat: George had transposed his beautiful composition, 'Larino Safe Haven' (originally written for two oboes and cors anglais) for the flute and lute. It was presented with great feeling by the Lark Duo, Zina and Shannon.
The Goethe-Institut, situated on the first level at 448 St Kilda Road, has a foyer that offers itself beautifully for an exhibition of our scale, and still accommodated Zina and Shannon so that they were able to entertain the guests on arrival.
And of course, Gaby Urban and the Institut lavished the guests generously with champagne and wine, a
and cheese and fruit platters.
For the speeches, we moved to the large room facing St Kilda Road and as night fell outside, we listened to the Lark Duo and the speeches. Michael entertained us with some clever and humorous insights into the multicultural nature of Melbourne; I related a little bit of the story of the exhibition, and finally Leo Kretzenbacher allowed us a fascinating glimpse into the history of Germans in Australia. Leo's presentation can be found here.
Finally, Fred Glasbrenner, one of the Zeitzeugen featuring in the book, remembered the war in Stuttgart. More info on his speech here.
Thank you Gaby Urban and team for helping make this a special night to remember!
Read Sabine Nielsen's opening night speech here.
Contact details and opening hours
The exhibition runs until 29 May 2015 at Goethe-Institut Melbourne.
Level 1, 448 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9864 8999 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goethe.de/australien
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm | Fri 9am–3pm |
Closed on weekends, Australian and German public holidays