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2022: Erzählkunst (German Storytelling)

The theme for German Day 2022, translates to “Storytelling.” Storytelling is an art that adopts a variety of forms and utilizes a multitude of media to pass on values, remember history, express emotions or simply entertain.  Telling stories, whether through frescos or Fraktur, dance or design, plays or podcasts, is part of being human. Fairy tales and folklore from the German-speaking world specifically have found an enthusiastic audience outside of Europe.  Both Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “Lenore” have their roots in German legends and poems. Krampus, das Nibelungenlied, die Lorelei and even der Osterhase have crossed over from mythology into modern times.