Early in the month of May, the Opera and Ballet Group journeyed to Moscow. Twenty-six participants spent five multi-faceted days, organised by group leaders Anna Klippstein and Sara Nachama, in the Russian capital. The visit was centred on the Bolshoi Theatre: the singular precision and perfection of the world-famous ballet troupe thrilled the international visitors from Berlin during a performance of John Neumeier's "La Dame aux Camélias".
Any sightseeing in Moscow must include the Kremlin as well as Red Square, orthodox churches and cathedrals, and the large collection of impressionist painters in Moscow museums, but also the modern exhibition in the Museum of the Cold War deep below the ground in Atomic Bunker No. 42. True highlights of the trip were a reception in the Residence of the German Ambassador and an exclusive guided tour of the reception halls of the Russian President in the Great Kremlin Palace.
The Moscow trip of the group from the Diplomatic Club Willkommen in Berlin took place under the patronage of Mrs Ludmilla Grinina, spouse of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Germany. The group thanks travel agency Maxima for creating a varied itinerary and for the professionally-conducted guided tours of the Russian capital. Special thanks are due the Chief of Protocol of the Federal Foreign Office Jürgen Mertens, and his wife Cecilia.
The shared experiences and cultural impressions have created lasting ties between Russia and the diplomats from various countries as well as the German participants.