State Secretary Bjoern Boehning, Head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery,
visited LA to promote business and film relations and to deepen the
partnership between the two sister cities. e Hwas accompanied by Esther
Keller who is in charge of sister cities affairs in North America,
South America and the Caribbeans. A great gathering
with an interesting mix of guests with Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann,
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Annette Rupp/Friends of Villa Aurora Berlin
as well as representatives from film, business and culture.
On Friday before the Oscars, the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City
Committee hosted an event in honor of Secretary of State Bjoern
Boehning, Head of the Chancellery of the Berlin Senate. He was
accompanied by Esther Keller who is in charge of Sister City Affairs
in North and South America and the Caribbeans.
The event took place at the home of President Rosemarie Reisch with
more than 90 guests attending among them German Deputy Consul General
Stefan Biedermann, Councilmember Tom LaBonge who will be termed out in
4 months, Annette Rupp, Director of Friends of Villa Aurora Berlin,
Burkhard Kieker, CEO with Kirsten Schmidt of visitBerlin, Sabine
Engelbrecht, airberlin as well as representatives from business and
The purpose of State Secretary Boehning's visit was to deepen the
sister city partnership and to promote film and business relations
between the two cities. The film "Grand Hotel Budapest" received
numerous Oscar nominations in different categories and was filmed 90%
in and around Berlin. Mr. Boehning is also chairing the
Berlin-Brandenburg Media Board.
Everyone enjoyed the wonderful cocktail buffet and listened with keen
interest to the latest information and news the State Secretary provided.
Serge Kasimoff at the piano, Tom LaBonge's presentation of Elvis
Presley's "Love Me Tender..." and Frank Mottek's telephone greetings
from the CBS Studios contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. Everyone
mingled and a great exchange between Angelenos and our Berlin friends
In addition to greeting our Berlin visitors, the purpose of this event
was also to convey to our sponsors, members and friends the importance
of our sister city relationship.
The evening was a great success and lasted well into the night.