12 June 2018
After months of renovation works, a Century-old Goethe-Institut Myanmar re-opened in Yangon on Monday. Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi attended the opening ceremony.
It is the first Goethe-Institut ever in Southeast Asia and was founded in 1959– before the current centers in Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila.
The architects, engineers, technicians and hundreds of craftsmen from home and abroad had renovated the old Goethe Villa.
It represents the cultural relations between Myanmar and Germany.
Ambassador, German Embassy (Yangon), H.E. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel said “..the Germany and Myanmar cultural relation is so much visible and will be home of the arts and center of German language teaching. It will present the great opportunity in cooperation with our host country including our European partners. … We trust that the new building institute will provide them a space and there a lot of dialogue between people.’
The new one included three new buildings for the library, auditorium and cafeteria in the compound of villa. Currently, the villa hosts a unique contemporary art exhibition.
Union Minister, Ministry of Education, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said “Goethe Institut becomes the partner for developing better understanding, strengthening, the friendship, learning Germany successfully and exchange of cultural events. The young people in Myanmar can benefit the establishment of re-vibrating Goethe villa to improve their skill, knowledge, motivation, profession and lifelong learning opportunity.”
The building was once home of a wealthy Myanmar-Chinese family. It later became the headquarters of the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League. After that the building served as the State School of Fine Art for many years.