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24 July 2024, 9:22 AM

WG: Images for PRESS RELEASE: German Street Art & Public Libraries – Virtual Tours at CITY SCRIPTS 2021

Greetings from the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan!   What better way to get an insight into the peculiar character of a City than to explore the art that appears on its facades/in public spaces, or by wandering into the nearest public library…   We are delighted to participate in the sixth edition of the annual urban writings festival City Scripts, organised by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). City Scripts uses literature, art, theatre and sensorial experiences to start and expand conversations about our cities.   We present two virtual tours this year! A walkthrough of the Cologne Public Library conducted by its director, Dr Hannelore Vogt. And German artist and former bangaloREsident Gábor Doleviczényi will take audiences on an exploratory tour of public street art in Essen, Germany and interact LIVE with the audience questions thereafter.   Cologne Public Library – Virtual  Tour with the Director Dr. Hannelore Vogt Sunday February 28, 2021 3.00 – 4.00 p.m. IST   The Cologne Public Library System is among the biggest and most important in Germany. They are the pioneers of participatory offerings and digital services ( like the first Makerspace in a German library, STEM Storytime Volunteers, virtual reality courses or “Science Slams” )  In 2015 the Cologne Public Library was awarded the distinction “Library of the Year” for its groundbreaking strategic work.   Dr. Hannelore Vogt is the director of the Cologne Public Library. Under her leadership, the Cologne Public Library was named the national Library of the Year in 2015, as was the Würzburg Public Library, of which she was previously director. In 2016 she was honoured by the Cologne Cultural Department as “Cultural Manager of the Year” and in 2019 she was awarded the Karl-Preusker-Medal by Library and Information in Germany – Federal Union of German Library Associations (BID) for her “innovative thinking and action”. The medal is awarded to those who have distinguished themselves in their support and advancement of the cultural and educational mandates of librarianship. Dr. Vogt has a degree in Library Science, a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management and a Doctorate in Marketing.   In addition to serving on the board of the Goethe-Institut’s “Information & Library” division, she was a strategic advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member in two IFLA Standing Committees (PL and Metropolitan Libraries). She is an international speaker on topics of library marketing, customer orientation, innovation management and personnel development.     Exploring Public Street Art – A Virtual Tour with Gábor Doleviczényi in Essen, Germany Sunday February 28, 2021 4.15 – 5.30 p.m. IST   In a recorded video, Gabor provides an overview of how street art/graffiti can appear in public spaces. Beginning with the smallest “tag”, the signature, the video works its way up to elaborate murals, as he lists the different methods and approaches. He also touches on the approval (or disapproval) with which the interventions are met – which is absolutely of secondary importance to him!   The virtual tour will be followed by a live video conversation between Gabor and the Festival audience, answering questions and discussing impressions of the art presented.  

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