Recent Association Events

LAST UPDATED: October 12, 2018


16+ seminar: “Introduction to European film” Wednesday October 3, 2018


Speaker: Professor Phil Powrie, Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Surrey


Where:    Guildford High School, London Road, Guildford


The first in our new initiative of enrichment seminars for local sixth-formers.


Admission restricted to 6th-form students at Guildford schools and their teachers: free of charge.



Members' summer lunch party Sunday August 19, 2018


 Where:      Merrist Wood College, Holly Lane, Worplesdon, Guildford GU3 3PE


Once again, our lunch party was held in the college’s beautiful and historic wood-panelled room opening on to a lovely garden.


Members and their guests only.


Picnic in the Castle Grounds Saturday June 2, 2018


Where:      Guildford Castle grounds

At this event organised by Guildford Borough Council, the Association ran a stall in the grounds of Guildford Castle to promote the twinning, with fun activities for children.

Association members were encouraged to bring a picnic and their children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces … suitable for adults too!

This event was open to the public, with free admission.



Film & Conversation with Telemach Wiesinger - Wednesday 30 May, 2018

Speaker: Telemach Wiesinger 

Where:    The Guildhalll, High Street, Guildford  GU1 3AA

Telemach Wiesinger, a German photographer and film-maker with a poetic sensibility, presented and discussed (in English) a selection from his works. Presentation followed by Q & A.

Referencing early film aesthetics, Telemach's short film poems in black and white, largely composed of sequences of single camera set-ups and continuous takes, create a strange tension between movement and stasis, permanence and transience. He often works in collaboration with composer and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Schwab.

Open to the public. Tickets: £7.00 standard, £6.00 Association members.


Annual General Meeting - Thursday 25 May, 2018 (7:30 pm)

Where:      Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.

Members only.


Spring Lecture: "What is German about German music?" - Monday 16 April, 2018

Speaker: Professor Erik Levi, Visiting Professor of Music, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Where:    Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB

Professor Levi is a musicologist, performer, author, critic and broadcaster and a worldwide authority on German music of the 20th century especially during the Nazi era. He explored for us - as Richard Wagner attempted in the nineteenth century - the features of German music that make it distinctive from other musical traditions. You can see his slide presentation, which includes audio files of the musical examples, here .

(4 files are available, all in Microsoft "Powerpoint" format. File 1 is the text presentation; and each of files 2, 3 and 4 contains one of the audio-enabled musical example sets with which Professor Levi illustrated his talk. To launch the audio components in those 3 files, when viewing the presentation, just click on the loudspeaker icons: .)

Open to the public: free admission.



Members' German Dinner– Wednesday 28 February 2018

Where:      Weybourne House, St Catherines, Hitherbury Close, Guildford GU2 4DR (just off Portsmouth Road) – ample parking and disabled access

Members and their friends only.


Mini German Christmas market – Sunday 3 December, 2017

Where:   Guildhall, High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA

Open to the public: free admission.

Sale of traditional wooden toys, gifts, cards, bakery from Germany, mostly from Freiburg, with refreshments - Glühwein, coffee and cake.


Autumn Lecture: "German democracy: how is it different?" - Thursday 16 November, 2018

Speaker: Dr Emanuele Massetti, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University of Surrey

Where:   Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB

Open to the public: free admission.

Dr Massetti’s research includes the study of federalism and multi-level governance, and electoral systems/reforms across Western Europe. He explained to us the current constitutional set-up of Germany, with a look at its historical background and some insights into its workings in practice, plus a comparison with the British and other systems.

You can see his slide presentation here.