German Unity Day reception at the German Embassy London
6 October 2017
Celebrating 27 years of German Unity
On 5 October, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese Heimann-Ammon hosted the annual reception celebrating German Unity at their residence together with the Minister President of the state of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke.
In his opening speech, Ambassador Ammon said that that the Day of German Unity was a “day to celebrate – to commemorate the victory of democracy over dictatorship, the triumph of all nations that see themselves as part of the free world”.
Minister President of the state of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke and Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon also addressed the guests.
Following the speeches, the Film Orchestra Babelsberg played both the German and the British national anthems.
Co-hosted by the state of Brandenburg, guests were treated to musical performances by the Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the German Naval Band, as well as a range of culinary specialties and famous dishes from Brandenburg throughout the evening.
An eye-catching Prussian infantry reenactment group, each measuring in at over 6'2" and known as the "Lange Kerls" (Tall Guys) were on hand for photos over the course of the reception.
Among the guests were the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ian Adams and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Marie-Thérèse Rossi.
At the former East German Embassy, 34 Belgrave Square, guests had the opportunity to visit an exhibition on the life and work of the great German landscape park designer Hermann Prince Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), who brought the art of the English landscape garden to the European continent. Additionally, guided tours were offered through the exhibition “Colourscapes” by contemporary German Artist Peter Zimmermann.
In the press tent, guests were able to put their knowledge of Germany to the test for a chance to win prizes and have their picture taken inside a photo booth.
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