Goethe-Institut South Africa

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The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany's cultural, social and political life.

Our Cultural Programmes Department focuses on a variety of different artistic approaches and projects within Sub-Saharan Africa, including literature, music, performance and visual arts, film and media. Our goal is to support the local cultural scenes and strengthen pan-African dialogue through the arts.

A key aspect of how the Goethe-Institut operates is the formation of partnerships with existent institutions and furthering networks through co-production, capacity building and the presentation of productions of a high standard. The Goethe-Institut is an autonomous entity providing free space and forging links, without pushing any particular ideology or agenda beyond the belief in the impact of the arts in changing the very fabric of the society we live in.

The Goethe-Institut provides an inclusive platform for involvement with a wide range of artist projects, and with people from all walks of life. We choose to work with projects that not only test boundaries, but frequently bridge walls and deconstruct firmly held beliefs with provocative and experimental content.

The Goethe-Institut in Sub-Sahara Africa is very pleased to have been involved in the African Metropolis Short Film Project from the conceptualization phase to assisting in the world-wide distribution of the completed films. This project builds on the success and experience developed during the Latitude project which ran from 2007 to 2010, and culminated in a package of 9 African short films which has subsequently been distributed internationally. Projects like Latitude and African Metropolis enable the Goethe-Institut to make a meaningful contribution to the development of an independent film industry on the African continent, to be involved in the production of short films that showcase contemporary African societies, cities and concerns, and ultimately to contribute towards the enrichment of cultural debate on the African continent.

Learn more about the work of the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg on www.goethe.de/johannesburg.