Dialogue points are mainly opened in places where there is no Goethe Institute or where the local office has no information and library department. There are currently dialogue points in Baghdad and Erbil (Iraq), Gaza ( Palestinian territories), Khartoum (Sudan), Marrakech and Tanga (Morocco), Oran (Algeria), Sana and Aden (Yemen), Tehran (Iran), Tripoli (Lebanon) and Tunis (Tunisia).
What are dialogue points?
Dialogue points are small, flexibly organised information centres designed as meeting places, i.e. in addition to providing information, the focus is on bringing people together.
Dialogue points are designed on a partnership model, similar to the Goethe Institute’s reading rooms:
For every location, the Goethe Institute provides a media collection that is tailored to local needs, as well as IT equipment, including PCs, VCRs and CD players, and suitable furnishings. The Goethe Institute also provides language training and professional development for all managers of dialogue points.
The partner institution provides an open-access room and pays for suitable staff to manage the dialogue point. The partner institution also commits to publicising the dialogue point. The manager of the dialogue point is responsible for processing the media and advising customers.
The basic equipment for a dialogue point is as follows:
- a core German-language collection of reference works (ca. 300 titles = books and electronic media)
- a collection of contemporary German literature, introductory works in the fields of history, culture and society, as well as illustrated books on German cities and countryside
- a selection of German literature in Arabic translation (ca. 250 titles)
- a collection of ‘German as a Foreign Language’ material
- a daily newspaper/magazine and a weekly newspaper/magazine
- 2–4 specialist journals, titles to be decided upon locally
- a selection of video films (incl. players)
- a selection of music and spoken-word recordings (incl. players)
- 2–4 internet workstations
- 10-20 seats and a lounge for discussion and conversation
The partner institution also has the option of selecting two additional focus areas, e.g.:
- Architecture, art, design
- Science and the environment
- Industry, politics and society
- Middle East, Islam
- Children’s literature
Who coordinates the dialogue points?
The Goethe Institute is responsible for coordinating the programme and the logistical planning for the dialogue points, the selection and purchase of the media collections and the professional development of the managers. The nearest Goethe Institute office or German agency abroad takes responsibility for identifying partners, negotiating contracts and supporting partners with practical issues, such as room design and professional organisation of the dialogue point.