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For those of you unfamiliar with Maifest, it is a traditional festival which takes place throughout Germany which celebrates nature’s reawakening from winter’s darkness. Maifest began in Busan in 2004, and has grown to become one of the biggest cultural festivals which attracts people from all over the country.
The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of German culture and language. In Busan, around 600 students study German in local universities, and another 100 in local schools. German courses are also offered at the German House, located in Jungang-dong (Subway
Line 1, Exit 17), which also doubles as the honorary German consul here in Busan.
This year’s program includes two performances by students in the German department of Dong-a, Kyungsung, PNU, PUFS and Maritime University. There will also be a raffle after the performances, with prizes including 10 CDs from Poko Lambro, a language course at the German House in Busan, a language course at the Goethe Instiut in Seoul, a flight by Lufthansa to Germany, and the main prize, a German language course at IIK at the University of Düsseldorf for one month, which includes a free dormitory stay.
“Last year’s event was a big success. We hope this year's to be even better and bigger,” said co-organizer Nils Reschke of Pusan National University.
The fantastic musical duo Poko Lambro will also be making a guest appearance at the festival, but with a twist – Anthony Garcia will be singing two songs in German. Afterwards, they will also close out the festival playing songs off their latest CD.
The festival will take place rain or shine – it will be moved indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate, so find your best lederhosen and join the fun!