The Goethe-Institut Prag and its Residency Programs
The Goethe-Institut has been active in Prague since 1990 and is located in an Art Nouveau building on the embankment of the Vltava river. As the cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, operating worldwide, the Goethe-Institut encourages international cultural cooperation and by means of its residency programmes aims to promote intercultural artistic exchange.
Through its Artists in Residence programme the Goethe-Institut Prague (acting in cooperation with the MeetFactory and with the support of the Czech-German Fund for the Future) invites a number of artists to come to the Czech Republic every year for short-term working visits. The emphasis is on the visual arts. The aim is to support a productive cultural exchange and to promote international networks of artists and culture between the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Germany.
There are also residencies in the fields of theatre, contemporary music, and photography. Thus, for example, in 2010 the dramatist Jan Neumann was a guest in the Goethe-Institut Prague. During his stay there he was able to make contacts on the Czech theatre scene and to get to know Prague as a theatrical centre. Among other things, this led to him working with the Centrum současné dramatiky [Centre for Contemporary Drama]. In addition, Neumann read some of his latest texts at the Svět knihy [Book World] trade fair.
In the autumn of 2010 the Berlin composer and conductor Stephan Winkler was a guest at the Goethe-Institut. During his two-month stay in Prague he worked on several of his compositions with the Czech ensemble Prague Modern, and they were then preformed at a "conversational concert". Winkler and Prague Modern also performed the composer's work Sisu.rmx in the Švandovo Theatre as part of the Krása dneška [Beauty of Today] cycle of concerts.
From March to May 2011 the Hamburg photographer Şehnaz Şeker was an artist in residence at the Goethe-Institut Prague. The aim of the joint residency programme of the Goethe-Institut Prague and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is to invite young photographers from Hamburg to Prague and so to promote international artistic exchange. The Czech capital also has a twinning agreement with Hamburg; 2010 was the twentieth anniversary of its inception, which was marked by numerous events.
There will also be a joint residency programme in the field of photography with the city of Nürnberg. Prague and Nürnberg also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the inception of their town twinning agreement in 2010. In cooperation with the city of Nürnberg the Goethe-Institut Prague will also invite a photographer from Nürnberg to come and work in the Czech capital for two months.