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REA members are invited, as always, to the Fasnacht carnival celebrations in Konstanz.
If you are interested in taking part please contact Bernd Steinlechner via
This year Schmotizer Dunnschtig is on 16th February.
A tour of Farnborough Abbey
Napoleon III, the last Emperor of the French, died in exile in England & his body lies in the Imperial crypt of St. Michael’s Abbey Farnborough. David King will lead a tour of the abbey for REA members on a date which has yet to be confirmed in early 2023.
Napoleon had very strong connections with both Fontainebleau & Konstanz. As Emperor, he refurbished his favourite palace at Fontainebleau & he spent his childhood at Arenenberg on the shores of Lake Constance, overlooking the town of Konstanz itself. It was said that, as a consequence, he spoke French with a slight German accent. The famous portraits of both Napoleon & Eugenie hang in one of the magnificent rooms of their summer villa at Arenenberg.
Eugénie continued to visit her beloved villa long after the death of her husband. Her last visit was in 1906.
She died in 1920 at the age of 94 & was interred in the Imperial Crypt in Farnborough with her husband & son.
If you missed David King’s lecture on Napoleon III you can view a recording on the REA YouTube channel by clicking on the following link.
Saturday 6th May. Charles will be crowned King at Westminster Abbey.
King Charles has strong connections with Germany. His mother was partly German & his father was German. Here he can be seen addressing the Bundestag, in German, in November 2020. The Prince, as he was then, spoke of the close ties which bind the United Kingdom & Germany & said,
“Wir werden immer Freunde, Partner uns Verbündete sein.”
Saturday 13th May. Liverpool will be a sea of blue & yellow for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. A celebration of Europe.
10th Anniversary Concert by the European Youth Orchestra
20th May 2023. A concert to celebrate its 10th anniversary by the European Youth Orchestra in the Municipal Theatre in Fontainebleau. Young musicians from Konstanz, Lodi, Richmond, Alba Iulia & Krakow have been invited to participate.
Ein Frühlingskonzert am Bodensee
18th-21st May. The Thames Philharmonic Choir will be performing with the Sinfonischer Chor in Konstanz.
Foreign Language Films
Watermans in Brentford screens films in both French & German.
Richmond Film Society meets at the Exchange opposite Twickenham Station. Films are shown on alternate Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Tickets £5 (students £4)
All films not in English are shown with subtitles.