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Communicating with the world.  
For diversity, understanding and trust.  

Alice Hu and Zenghui Zhang in the performance „Midnight Movie“ in Shanghai

Photo (detail): Zheng Yang © Goethe-Institut Shanghai Photo (detail): Zheng Yang © Goethe-Institut Shanghai


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the first Goethe-Institut opened in Athens.


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Kultursymposium Weimar 2023

"A Matter of Trust"

From 10 - 12 May 2023 the Kultursymposium returned to Weimar under the title “A Matter of Trust”. What exactly is trust and how is it built? What function does trust fulfil in politics and media? What role does trust play in dealing with technology?

KSWE Balloons © Goethe-Institut / Victoria Tomaschko

Media Library

You missed the Kultursymposium? You can rewatch some of the interesting panels in the media library.

Trust Games Democracy at KSWE 2023 © Candy Welz

Trust and Society

How did trust come to loom so large in the self-definition of contemporary societies? Philosopher Martin Hartmann presents some possible explanations.

Artwork by Pascal Cholette © Pascal Cholette

A policy of quiet sounds

The Goethe-Institut in times of global crises. A contribution by Carola Lentz, President of the Goethe-Institut, in the journal Politik & Kultur 11/2022.

Carola Lentz © Goethe-Institut/Loredana La Rocca

A plunge into cold water

According to a forecast by the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, Germany is dependent on an influx of 700,000 skilled workers every year. In this context, the Goethe-Institut prioritises pre-integration activities that cross national boundaries.

Students from Vietnam studying together. © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Goethe-Institut im Exil

In countries where the Goethe-Institut and other international cultural institutions have had to close their locations due to wars or censorship, many artists and intellectuals have lost spaces for dissent, dialogue and intercultural exchange. Goethe-Institut in Exile is a meeting place, shelter and stage for cultural professionals who can no longer work in their home country because of war or censorship.

Key Visual Goethe-Institut im Exil © Goethe-Institut

Culture Moves Europe

Culture Moves supports cultural mobility in all 40 Creative Europe countries. From 2022 to 2025, around 7.000 grants will be awarded to artists, cultural professional and host organisations from the sectors of architecture, cultural heritage, design and fashion design, literary translation, music, performing arts and visual arts.

Logo Culture moves Europe © Culture moves Europe


The Goethe-Institut is represented by 158 institutes in 98 countries around the world. In 1952 the first Goethe-Institut opened in Athens.

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