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SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Celebrates Heritage Day

 

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On September 13, 2009, SGI-Germany's Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center, located in Bingen, Germany, held its annual open house in celebration of Heritage Day (September 14).

More than 1,700 people took part in the festivities, whose highlights included performances from SGI-Germany's Green Hill Orchestra and a jazz band, as well as a puppet show for children. SGI-Germany members also hosted a lecture titled "We Have the Potential to Make a Change."

Villa Sachsen, located near the Rhine River, is designated as an important historic and cultural monument. Originally built in 1843 as a mountain villa by a European aristocrat, Villa Sachsen has changed ownership several times over the course of its 150-year history. During World War II, it served as a field hospital. In 1997, SGI-Germany reopened the renovated villa and its gardens as the SGI-Germany Villa Sachsen Grand Culture Center. Since then, it has served as a venue for art and cultural events in the local community, including "Goethe Week" in 1999 and the "Victor Hugo and the 21st Century" exhibition in 2001. Villa Sachsen regularly opens its doors to the public to celebrate Heritage Day on September 14, an initiative of the Council of Europe, supported by the European Union.

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[Adapted from an article in the September 19, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai Japan; photos courtesy of Bärbel Psula]