June 6, 2017: a delegation of the "Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh" headed by its Chairman Franz Kiesl visited the city of Taganrog for the fourth time. The previous visit to the home city of Anton Chekhov took place in 2015
Since foundation, the German organisation has been committed to promotion of friendly relations between Germany and Russia by holding cultural events with participation of Russian folk bands in Germany, supporting local cultural associations and councils, arranging joint art exhibitions and organizing trips across Russian cities.
In April 2014, the Taganrog Municipal Chamber Orchestra directed by Alexander Gurevich was invited by the Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh and gave concerts in Bielefeld-Senne, Steinhagen, Gütersloh and Bonn
. December 9, 2015 a concert by soloists from Taganrog
- Ulyana Karda (vocals) and Alyona Pletnyova (piano) was held at the Glinka Music Saloon of the Russian House of Culture and Science in Berlin, Germany. The same day exhibition "Impressionen von einer Reise in Russlands Süden" ("Impressions of the Travel to Southern Russia") opened at the Russian House. Photos taken in Taganrog by local photographers Vladimir Vergoti, Sergey Plishenko, A. Gusakov, Alexander Mirgorodskiy, Vladimir Ubogiy, Alexander Serdyukov and V. Shiryaev along with those made by the members of Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh were on display in Berlin until January 10, 2016.
The German delegation came to Taganrog on May 23 and within a few days visited the major tourist attractions
, museums, Taganrog drama theater
, visited the cities of Novocherkassk and Rostov on Don, met with young art students of Taganrog Youth Center and attended the Crimean War reenactment of the rout of the English and French
from the city of Taganrog.
On May 24, 2017 representatives of "Forum Russische Kultur Gütersloh" met with Deputy City Manager Maxim Baksov, who welcomed the German guests and highlighted the importance of continued exchanges between Russia and Germany.
Franz Kiesl told about the Forum's activities and the main events that have been held in 2016. The parties discussed the possible ways of cultural cooperation and exchanges in 2017-2018.