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March 2012 - Nr. 3
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief


Dear Reader

February was indeed Austrian month. It started with a good concert of Via Salzburg (the next and last one of the season will be in May) and continued with Ball Austria and an offering of Die Fledermaus at Opera York and will continue with a gala at the Danube Swabian House into March.

The month of February ended with a surprise: I found a big patch of Snowdrops blossoming nearby and even located a few little blooms in my own garden; the birds are hectically building nests in my neighbourhood and sing their little hearts out. It sounds and smells like spring despite a few more icy nights. Could it really be that spring is arriving this early? With more than 12 hours of daylight anything is possible. Our spirits are lifted, there is hope! Walking around on a balmy and sunny afternoon with 8 degrees Celsius and watching the ice sculptures in Yorkville drip their shapes into the ground made every one out and about smile from ear to ear.

The brothers Grimm are celebrating a 200th anniversary. If you Google their name and locate Wikipedia you will find all sorts of wonderful information about them. They did not just collect fairy tales they also created the first and still most comprehensive German Dictionary ever with to date over 35 volumes.

Exhibit about the Brothers Grimm at the German Consulate General Exhibit about the Brothers Grimm at the German Consulate General
Exhibit about the Brothers Grimm at the German Consulate General

The local Goethe Institute is celebrating its 50th anniversary locally (in Munich Germany the Institute celebrated its 60th year in 2010) and has an exhibit about the brothers at the German Consulate General. I expected to see something that it was not. Rather than an artistic exhibit of fairy tales it was a teaching tool for German teachers and students alike, giving explanation as to how relevant the stories still are.

A garden of ice sculptures  A garden of ice sculptures 
A garden of ice sculptures  A garden of ice sculptures 
A garden of ice sculptures  A garden of ice sculptures 

But the stunning view from the windows made up for my disappointment. The debate on whether or not they are too gruesome for telling is still on. I will let Eberhard Kurt Walter deal with that subject. At the same time I was reminded of how Toronto City Hall used to put on a garden exhibit of a different country every spring around St. Patrick’s Day. I was involved in creating a German Fairy Tale Garden and rewrote (without gruesome words and concepts) and performed the Bremer Stadtmusikanten at the time. It was a grand affair and we got a commendation from the City Commissioner for our efforts. Unfortunately this wonderful spring ritual disappeared from the events Calendars, no doubt to save money.

We are looking forward to the month to come and the renewal it offers in nature and in some of our organisations, as there are a lot of annual election campaigns going on. We shall attend as many happenings as possible and keep you informed of your communities’ involvement in the cultural scene in southern Ontario.

Until next time!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister





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