The head of the German Cultural Forum in Debrecen, Andrea Horváth, reported in the local newspaper that in today’s world, of course, English is the leading international language, but German language skills are still recommended for people in the Central European region.
The last few years have been a period of German investment in Debrecen, as several major companies including Thyssenkrupp, Krones, Continental, Diehl Aviation and BMW have chosen Debrecen where they can benefit from high level of education and a diverse culture in addition to favorable economic and infrastructural conditions.
In Debrecen, German culture is present and increasingly visible. After the pandemic, the German Cultural Forum will start organizing summer film screenings, jazz concerts, and the celebration of the 1700-year-old presence of Judaism in Central Europe and Hungary together with the Jewish Community of Debrecen. The German Film Festival “Sehenswert” will be organized for the 9th time. Of course, all this requires the support of the Budapest Goethe Institute and the management of Debrecen.
The German Cultural Forum together with the University Theater of Debrecen in Debrecen recently took over the building at Batthyány Street No. 24. which used to be a gallery. According to the plans, the general public will be able to see joint events, as well as their own events, which are also related to German traditions and celebrations, such as German Unity Day, Martin’s Day or Oktoberfest.
The real opening will take place in September-October with the exhibition of two German artists. There will also be a club, a library, workshop for teachers and a Stammtisch in accordance with German traditions, where everyone can join to talk in German and/or Hungarian on the first Thursday of each month.
The German Cultural Forum also aims to promote the German language in the city. They are planning to organize German language exams and German language courses and further assist German workers and families in Debrecen and in the region.