Opening of the Congress

The opening event will take place on Tuesday, 26 May at 18:30 in the Kuppelsaal of the HCC.

In addition to the greetings from the Minister for Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony, Mr. Björn Thümler
and the Mayor of Hanover, Mr. Belit Onay,
Director Christian Schwochow will give the speech.

The event is musically framed by the saxophone quartet ‘Synthésis Quartet’, which consists of students from the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

After the opening there will be a Get Together on the terrace of the HCC.

Christian Schwochow grew up in Leipzig and East Berlin. In 1990 he moved to Hanover.
Already as a child he participated in radio productions of the GDR radio, after graduating from high school he worked as a reporter and speaker for various radio stations. He completed his studies in film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, his graduation film was ‘Novemberkind’. The screenwriter and film director, who now lives in Berlin, has many awards, including several German film and television awards.
Christian Schwochow has led Directed literary adaptations such as ‘The Pillars of Power’ based on the novel by Ken Follett and ‘The Tower’ by Uwe Tellkamp, ​​two parts of the series ‘The Crown’ and the series ‘Bad Banks’. In autumn 2019, his new film version ‘German lesson’ based on the novel by Siegfried Lenz was released in German cinemas.

In an interview with Dirk Wissen, Berlin-Lichtenberg City Library, the multiple Grimme award winner said:
Quote: “My mother went to the Grips Theater with me two days after the wall was up and on the same day she registered me in the library on Hansaplatz. We immediately borrowed books that did not exist in the east. When we moved to Hanover just a week later, it was one of the first things to get a library card from the Südstadtbibliothek.
This new world opened up to me through the library because there was a lot of literature that was simply not published in the East – especially literature for children. For me that is a very big and strong memory of libraries.”

Foto © Peter Hartwig, Kineofoto