The fourth Asia-Pacific Weeks (APW) took place from 15 to 28 September 2003 and focused on India. With a total of 280 events and even more than a million visitors, the APW 2003 were again a huge success. Of special note was the involvement of 13 embassies from the region, more than twice as many as in 2001.
The country focus India, fascinated visitors with a glimpse into its unique cultural treasure chest, ranging from the exhibition “The Sublime and the Ascetic – Early Sculptures from India”, dance and theater, concerts, literary events, and film series to contemporary forms of Indian art. The event series “bodies.city – New Perspectives from India”, organized by the House of World Cultures, painted an impressive picture of the various facets of Indian contemporary art. At the same time, however, the cultures of many other countries, especially China, Japan, and Korea, were also respresented with high-caliber events.
The Indo-German Business Conference of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA), with the involvement of two large Indian business delegations, and very diverse presentations of and by the Indian business community illustrated the achievements and potential of the Indian subcontinent, especially in the information technology and service sectors. Other business events focused on Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Market of Asian-Pacific Cultures at Schlossplatz on Unter den Linden in Berlin-Mitte again proved to be extremely popular with the public. With 60 hours of a very diverse stage program, delicious culinary specialities, and colourful stands, it attracted up to 30,000 visitors a day.
We would like to thank the organizers and sponsors, who made the APW 2003 program possible.