The German and French ambassadors to the U.S. will visit Atlanta to celebrate a new partnership between their countries’ main cultural centers here.

The Atlanta offices of the Alliance Francaise and the Goethe Zentrum have moved into a shared space at the Colony Square building at 1197 Peachtree St. NE. The grand opening will be held Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

French ambassador Pierre Vimont, a frequent visitor to Atlanta, and his German counterpart, Klaus Scharioth, will start the event by raising their countries’ flags in front of the building.

Both centers have many U.S. branches. The Alliance Francaise has 140 chapters in the U.S., while the German Goethe Institut has offices in six cities. Until now they have never offered their language and cultural programs out of the same facility.

The opening roughly coincides with the 47th anniversary of the Treaty of Franco-German Cooperation, signed by French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on Jan. 22, 1963.

For more information, visit the Alliance Francaise or Goethe Zentrum Web sites. 

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