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Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus / Palast Orchester mit seinem Sänger Max Raabe
1. Renate Jakupca Fri Jun 16 13:24:35 2006 PDT
American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca uses their cultural talent to showcase Ohio at the Federation Of German-American Societies of Greater Cleveland (Stadtverband) 116th Annual German American Festival in Berea, Ohio.
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As part of a commitment to establish closer cultural ties between Germany and the United States, organisers of the 2006 German-American Festival are providing a platform for a weekend-long celebration of the German culture.
According to American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), the move will help put Ohio's arts sector on the global map.
"We are delighted to be taking part in the 2006 German-American Festival, particularly at a time when the eyes of the world are on Germany for the FIFA World Cup and so many different people will be visiting Berea. It gives us the unique opportunity to display crafts that are not only beautiful but also provide a living for the people here," said Renate Jakupca.
"There will also be delicious culinary delights, musicians and storyteller dancers at the festival, all of whom will bring our culture alive in the most special way. And, of course, we will be showcasing some incredible musical talents - from contemporary chart-toppers to those keeping our musical heritage alive," said Phylis Glaeser, President of the Cleveland Stadtverband.
Working with other national departments of arts and culture, Vera Dickerhof and her team have developed a program that turns the spotlight on the astonishing diversity of cultural industries and activities that have thrived in Germany.
"The whole program makes for a great insight into just what our cultural industries are all about and how far we have traveled since the American Revolution, when German immigrants have started coming to America. We are also hoping that by showcasing Germany, we will stimulate the interest of people to visit Germany to explore its culture in all its diversity," Vera Dickerhof stated.
Berea's 2006 German-American Festival program begins on June 23rd, when the "Beautiful Things" exhibition opens at the Gallery House Seippel. Running until June 25th, the exhibition will see original German artwork, Hummel ceramics, traditional Bavarian handcrafts, print makers and others display their craft.
Music is the focus of the cultural activity on all three days. The Tanzbrunnen Tent with its open-air stage will showcase the always engaging, deeply rooted music of German Bands, Brass Bands and Polka Bands as well as many ethnic dance groups.

GERMAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL 2006
When: June 23, 24 & 25, 2006
Where: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
164 Eastland Road
Berea, Ohio
(I-71 to Bagley Road, west about 2 blocks to Bagley entrance,
also entrances on Eastland)
Hours: Friday 5 p.m. to Midnight
Saturday 1 p.m. to Midnight
Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Donation: $6.00 at the gate
Information: 216-741-8045 or 440-234-3394
www.FOGAS.org

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