European-American Relationship - Theme Day on Thursday, April 2nd


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy cordially invites you to attend… 

The European-American Relationship:
Berlin’s Unique Role

Thursday, April 2nd (17:00), Amerika Haus Berlin


On the eve of President Barack Obama’s return to Germany the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) will launch a series of events in Amerika Haus Berlin, running from April 2nd to October 3rd, that will explore the history and the future of transatlantic relations between Europe and the US, focusing in particular on the unique role played by Germany and Berlin in supporting this relationship. The evening will consider the importance of Berlin as a symbolic bridge between Europe and the US, and look at the development of the historic area of City West Berlin. Further information about the program “EU-US Relations” can be found under

17:00                Exhibition: "City West - Potenziale, Leitlinien, Maßnahmen"
(doors open)

18:00 – 18:40    Germany, Berlin and US-European Relations (Dr. Werner Hoyer MdB)
Deputy Chairman of the FDP Parliamentary Group and spokesperson for the FDP on International Affairs, Dr. Werner Hoyer MdB, will highlight the role Germany and Berlin have played in the past and must play in the future to support European-American relations.

18:40 – 19:15    City West Berlin: Past, Present, and Future     (Michael Künzel)
The Berlin districts of Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, and Tiergarten have had a special role in the history and development of Berlin and contain many buildings and institutions synonymous with Berlin’s pivotal role in world affairs and transatlantic relations. Michael Künzel, Head of Department for City West Berlin, outlines the development of this famous area since 1945.

19:15 – 19:30   Berlin and America: A Special Relationship (Pastor Frank J. Williams)
In the context of Barak Obama’s return to Germany, Pastor Frank Williams (The Protestant Faith Fellowship Pentecostal Church of Berlin) highlights why Berlin represents an important city for Americans and for the future of the European-American relationship. Pastor Williams will also outline the responsibility of Berlin’s civil society to maintain and strengthen these transatlantic ties.

19:30 – 20:00    Break with refreshments

20:00 – 22:00    American Music Abroad Celebration: "A Guitar Special"
Interview & Live Performance
An opening interview with musician Hannes Strauss on the impact of American Guitar Music Abroad will be followed by a live performance from Michael Niedzwestzki (“Twango”) and band. The trio will provide a musical celebration of the greatest hits that have crossed the Atlantic from America to Europe.

The Song List includes:
The Doors - "Light My Fire", "Touch Me" , Neil Young - "Heart of Gold", Free - "All Right Now", Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Proud Mary", "Have you ever seen the rain?", "Born On The Bayou", Eric Clapton - "Cocaine", "Layla Unplugged", Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing", "Money for Nothing", Chuck Berry - "Johnny B Goode", "You never can tell", Rolling Stones - "Satisfaction", "Brown sugar", Bob Dylan - "Blowin' In the Wind", John Denver - "Country roads", Willy nelson - "On the road again", Jimmy Hendrix  - "Hey Joe", "The wind cries Mary" and more.


Amerika Haus Berlin
Hardenbergstr. 22-24, 10623 Berlin
(Zoologischer Garten station)

Doors Open at 17:00    (please arrive punctually)

Free Admission,
The event is free to attend and open to the general public. No pre-registration is required.

For further information please visit: or contact us at: 030-2360-7680.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event.

With warm regards,

Mark Donfried (ICD)
Director & Founder