The Elysee Exhibition kicked off at Fergusson College on Tuesday and will continue till August 20.
The exhibition,organised by the Pune chapter of Max Mueller Bhavan,Alliance Francaise and Fergusson College,commemorates 50 years of Franco-German friendship.
The Consul General of Germany in Mumbai,Michael Siebert,was present at the inauguration ceremony. Siebert spoke at length about the purpose and aim of the exhibition.
France and Germany may be geographically far from India,but we wanted to bring the story of our friendship to Pune, said Siebert. He added,At the end of World War II,the friendship between the two countries was like science-fiction. But through political will and tactful diplomacy,we have been able to cement a relationship which,among other benefits,allows an exchange of eight million students between our countries each year.
Seibert sees the Franco-German friendship as a model relationship. We thought we could bring our story to other countries and create an interest about German and French culture and languages, said Siebert.
Tuesdays inauguration was followed by signing on The Friendship Tree – a wiry tree-like structure,with colourful placards acting as leaves.
In the next few days,German and French short-films will be showcased. There will be teaser classes in French and German and information sessions on education in the two countries.