Berlin, 20 October until 5 November 2016:As a symbolic place, a temporary space is being created in Berlin for art and culture, for cooperation and dialogue between Syrian artists in Berlin: the Goethe-Institut Damascus | In Exile.
Migration and the plight of refugees are focal topics of the Goethe-Institut. Nothing dominated the last year like the global refugee situation. For this reason, the latest Annual Report being released today focuses on it. For World Refugee Day, this article provides insights into the Goethe-Institut’s commitment to refugees – both in Germany and in their regions of origin.
A collaborative effort by the Institut für Deutsche Sprache Mannheim and the Goethe-Institut.
NO LIMITS?, an event by the Goethe-Institut and the Münchner Kammerspiele is about global viewpoints on immigration and displacement. Live and simultaneously via videoconferencing, artists from Mexico, Istanbul and Germany will discuss borders and ask what art can contribute to this discourse. We interviewed the Migrantas artists’ collective from Mexico.
Language is essential, which is why the Goethe-Institut created a phrasebook especially for Arabic-speaking refugees. The booklet is meant to help newcomers when taking their first steps in Germany. The friendly title is “Willkommen!”
Newly arrived refugees in Germany are faced by many challenges including cultural and linguistic hurdles. A new app called “Ankommen” (Arrival) was created to help them successfully navigate their first weeks in Germany.
Webinars for volunteer refugee language guides produced by the Goethe-Institut offer tips and tricks for teaching a foreign language even under difficult circumstances. Now the seminar recordings are also available online.
Between 18 November and 6 December, the Munich Literature Festival with forum:autoren curated by Albert Ostermaier will show how dedicated and political literature can contribute to engaging in dialogue with refugees. Every refugee, every expatriate brings their story with them.
Volunteer language guides are crucial to the integration of refugees. That’s why the Goethe-Institut offers free weekend courses that teach the basics of teaching German as a second language. This is a report from such a course in Göttingen.
A Goethe-Institut panel discussion at the Frankfurt Book Fair explores the question of what art and culture have to offer in light of flight and displacement.
Art against war: is that really naïve? No, for although art may not be a panacea, without it would mean giving up on the people. What the Goethe-Institut can actually do for refugees both in Germany and in the camps in Turkey, in Jordan and Lebanon.
The Münchner Kammerspiele are devoting their attention to the issues of refugees, arrival and asylum with the Open Border Congress; the theatre is transforming into the Munich Welcome Theatre. Dance and theatre projects and films for and with refugees supported by the Goethe-Institut are also involved.
Talking is therapeutic. No matter if the stories are expressed in film, theatre or music – they need to be told. The Goethe-Institut and the aid organization Action for Hope are therefore administering cultural first aid in the refugee camps of the Middle East.
How does the Goethe-Institut in Istanbul work with millions of Syrians are fleeing from war and violence in their homeland? We spoke with the director of the institute, Christian Lüffe.