Celebrating German-American Friendship in Boston

On October 31, the initiative Wunderbar Together celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the official end of the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 with a joint concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester led by music director and Gewandhauskapellmeister Andris Nelsons.

To mark the special occasion, Federal President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is also the patron of the initiative, opened the concert with remarks detailing the importance of German-American cooperation and thanking the United States for its friendship and support during Germany’s reunification. He went on to stress that German-American friendship should not remain a thing of the past and that, much like the two orchestras performing that night, Germany and the US are also “Wunderbar Together” in many other ways.

With over 2,000 events across all 50 US states, the Year of German-American Friendship intensified transatlantic dialogue with the aim of tackling common challenges and conveying a multifaceted, modern image of Germany. Over the last 13 months, the initiative brought together over 400 partners from different areas of the transatlantic relationship, including culture, politics, business, academia, and sports.

With a special focus on the importance of German business in the US, the PopUp Tour – the official roadshow of Wunderbar Together – engaged local communities in a broad dialogue on business-relevant and future-oriented issues, including digitalization, sustainability, innovation, and the future of work. While the Year of German-American Friendship has come to a festive close with the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall this November, the spirit of Wunderbar Together lives on. Overall, the Year of German-American Friendship strengthened established networks, expanded important transatlantic connections across the United States, and intensified the mutual awareness that we can address common challenges together.

(© Winslow Townson Photography and Hilary Scott Phototgraphy)