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Peter Dittmar

"Windows between Cultures" - Paintings by Peter Dittmar

From May 2 - May 30 the Goethe-Institut San Francisco is exhibiting the work of German artist Peter Dittmar whose artwork is greatly influenced by Hindu-Buddhist beliefs. Exhibition opening May 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm. At the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, ART-Lounge. More...

Sneak-Preview - Opera Paralèlle presents: "Les mamelles de Tirésias/Mahagonny Songspiel"

Join Opera Parallèle on an unforgettable journey, as a theater troupe travelling through the desert sings the jazz-infused Mahagonny Songspiel by Kurt Weill. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30 pm, Goethe-Institut San Francisco ART-Lounge. More...

Films at Goethe: How to Cook Your Life

Director Doris Dörrie accompanied Zen priest and Master Chef Edward Espe Brown and shows in "How To Cook Your Life" his fascinating journey to different Zen Centers all around the world. She gives an exclusive insight into his cooking classes, his lectures and his art of cooking. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 pm, Goethe-Institut San Francisco Auditorium. More...

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    Blog: The Changing City   deutschenglish

    Two artists, two months, two cities – Berlin based artists Naomi Fearn and Marc Seestaedt set out to win the hearts of the City by the Bay and document their experience artistically.

    Just Add German

    Our new campaign features VIP and student video testimonials, fun contests, teacher kits, and the US tour of the German pop band Tonbandgerät.

    Step into German   english

    Enter the worlds of German music and Germany’s most popular sport, soccer.

    2014 Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators

    The 4th annual Gutekunst Prize competition is now closed. Please check back in mid-May for the announcement of this year's winner.

    Make it in Germany   deutschenglish

    Portal for international experts offering comprehensive information on living and working in Germany.

    Ticket nach Berlin   deutsch

    Six candidates, two teams, one goal: Berlin. On their journey through Germany six young learners of German face thrilling challenges.
    GerMan © Goethe-Institut

    GERMAN   deutschenglishespañolfrançaisрусскийБеларускаяportuguês

    Help GERMAN in its mission to save the German language: become a film star in the new trailer “GERMAN – One word is not enough!”

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    Film Archive USA

    Documentaries and feature films for cultural and educational institutions