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For Organisations in Culture and Education
International Relief Fund

Around the world, cultural life has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The International Relief Fund, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, the Federal Foreign Office and other partner institutions, supports organisations from culture and education in many countries and thus makes an important contribution to structural preservation and artistic freedom, critical discourse and social diversity.
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The application phase for the 2021 International Relief Fund has ended. The funding period finished in February 2022.

What the International Relief Fund Moves – A Showcase

  • Open Air Film Outreach © Garage Dance Ensemble
    Open Air Cinema in the neighborhood: The Garage Dance Theatre on tour in the hinterlands of South Africa.
  • bunt, Stoff, Menschen, Performance © Sammi Landwehr
    Flying colours: Dance rehearsal for the new piece "Encantando" at Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças in Rio de Janeiro
  • Light and Forms © House of Tehran
    Light and forms impressions, Gate of Tehran, House N°4; Tehran, Iran
  • Women sewing © Vila Flores Cultural
    Creative together: The De Vila a Vila Programme connects artists and recidencies in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Foto/Film auf Leinwand projeziert © Makassar Biennale
    Arts meet sciences meet politics meet citizens: The Makassar Biennale takes place in different cities and regions of Indonesia

Voices, Stories, Projects

Review 2020

Test-shooting for outdoor performance at Royal District Theatre Photo (detail): © Gika Mikabadze

Royal District Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia
Theatre without a theatre

With the aid of the 2020 Relief Fund, the Royal District Theatre developed new ways to re-establish contact with its audience in public and digital space.

A community assistant accompanies children back home after school, Dušan Radović Primary School, Novi Sad Photo (video excerpt): © Andrija Kovač

Forum Roma, Belgrade, Serbia
Education for all

The Forum Roma Serbia has been working for free access to education for Romani. With the help of the Relief Fund 2020, analogue classes for Romani in Bor, Novi Sad and Požarevac could be continued.

Let the spark fly and hold on to it. Outreach Foundation Johannesburg Photo (detail): © Earl Abrahams

Outreach Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
Setting off sparks of inspiration

The Outreach Foundation in Johannesburg does neighbourhood work in the city centre. With the help of the International Relief Fund 2020, it was able to keep its doors open as an important contact point for children and young people and continue a multi-generational theatre project.


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The International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education 2021

An initiative of

Auswärtiges Amt Goethe-Institut

Single projects supported by
Robert Bosch Stiftung S. Fischer Stiftung

Involved with own project funding
Dt. UNESCO-Kommission  Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD Siemens Stiftung

With kind support by the Deutsche Bank