Linking Professionals: The Goethe-Institut KulturpartnerNetzwerk
Since 2008, the Goethe-Institut has been offering training programmes for stakeholders in the arts, media and society, with priority set on economically underdeveloped countries as part of its Culture and Development initiative. The various advanced training courses in particular in the interdisciplinary field of cultural management have met with overwhelming interest on all sides – the participants, the partner organizations overseas and the involved institutions in Germany. So far, regionally specific cultural management programmes have been implemented in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in sub-Saharan Africa, in China, Mexico, Central and South America and South Asia and some are already beginning a second round.
For the practical modules of these training programmes, internships and work stays by international cultural managers with cultural and educational establishments in Germany, the Goethe-Institut has set up the KulturpartnerNetzwerk, which presently consists of over 50 institutions in Germany.
The internship visits offer the participants the opportunity to gain insights into the organizational structure and the routine and project work of the institutions and promote an exchange of experiences between cultural managers in an international context. They have a mentor to turn to for personal and professional advice. The length of the internships is determined according to demand and the specific programme; they usually last two to four weeks. For the cultural institutions in Germany, the internships and work stays offer opportunities for international networking, for generating joint projects and for professional exchange.
In this way, reliable working relationships for joint projects are created between institutions in Germany and in the participating countries. Ensuing projects that have evolved from the work stays have already commenced, such as the Renaissance Fashion show in Addis Ababa in cooperation with the Muffatwerk Munich and the children’s circus project by the ufa-Fabrik Berlin and Parapanda Theatre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
With the KulturpartnerNetzwerk, the Goethe-Institut, known for many years in the host countries as the organizer of cultural events and an educational partner, makes use of its working contacts with corresponding institutions in Germany – municipal, state and private institutions from the arts, media, education and society – to strengthen the cultural infrastructure, to intensify the connections between the arts scenes in Germany and Europe and the partner countries and to realize cultural exchange programmes ranging as far as co-productions.
If you have any questions about aspects of the KulturpartnerNetzwerk and cultural management programmes of the Goethe-Institut, please get in touch with:
Project Manager “Culture and Development”
Tel. +49 (0) 89-15921-415