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Cultural and Creative Industries

The world over, the cultural and creative sector is an engine that shapes social change. Promoting the cultural and creative industries according to local needs is therefore a central field of action for the Goethe-Institut. We train, advise and network creative professionals and support the development of sustainable infrastructures. The Goethe-Institut strengthens the cultural sector and thus opens up access to culture and education through further education measures for cultural entrepreneurs, through assistance in the internationalisation of creative businesses and through the provision of (co-)production structures. 

Current Projects of the Goethe-Institut

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Cities Ahead

Cities Ahead is a European programme initiated by the Goethe-Institut that promotes the transformation of creative places. Its aim is to transform the city into an ideal ecosystem for culture and creativity, harnessing its full potential for global dissemination and international cultural cooperation.

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eit Culture & Creativity

As founding member of the new innovation community EIT Culture & Creativity, Goethe-Institut joins forces with leading companies, higher education institutions and research centers to strengthen the Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI). The aim is to position the CCSI as central players in the Digital and Green Transformation and to promote innovation.

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Creatives Unite

Creatives Unite is a platform by the cultural & creative sectors for the cultural & creative sectors that gathers in all initiatives and information related to the CCI sector in the EU with respect to response to the COVID crisis.

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Game'n'Train Mixer

The Game'n'Train Mixer is an international peer-learning and exchange program for game developers from around the world. Between February - April 2021, 20 game developers from India, South Asia, Germany, Indonesia, Brazil, and South Africa came together for an exciting trimester program.

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Study: Post-Covid-19 Europe

On behalf of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, the Goethe-Institut, together with the organisations Idea Consult, Inforelais and Values of Culture & Creativity, produced a study on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the cultural and creative industries. 

Creative Industries Round Tables © Goethe-Institut, Foto: Loredana La Rocca

Creative Industries Round Table

The Goethe-Institut and the network of support institutions for the CCI in Germany (PCI) invite you to a digital roundtable on "Internationalisation in the CCI" on 2nd December 2020.

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North Africa/ Middle East

Ebtedy is a digital knowledge platform on creative industries and cultural management in Arabic language for creatives who want to turn their ideas into reality.

FANTASMEEM Libanon Photo: Goethe-Institut Lebanon /Alia Haju


Creative entrepreneurship, network building and (continuing) qualification of Lebanese designers with the goal of acting as multipliers within their scene are the main focus of FANTASMEEM.

Jenga CCI Kenia Photo: Goethe-Institut /Lamek Orina


The sustainable expansion and promotion of the cultural and creative industries in Kenya is strengthened by means of integrative educational and promotional offers, e.g. for the qualification and development of different business models.

Oh my Goethe Nancy Photo: Mathilde Dieudonné


OHMG! invites creative people from all fields to share expertise and synergies across the Franco-German border and supports start-ups in developing their ideas.

Creative Flip

Creative FLIP

Creative FLIP - Finance, Learning, Innovation and Patenting is an EU co-funded pilot project whose main objective is to promote sound and sustainable ecosystems for the cultural and creative industries in relation to these four key policy areas.

Startbild Photo: Goethe-Institut/Creative Ports

Baltic Sea Region
Creative Ports

With fourteen partners from eight countries, the Baltic Sea Region focuses on internationalisation and transnational networking of the cultural and creative sector for knowledge-based and innovative economic development.

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South Africa

Guided by mentors, Hubbers will acquire the necessary knowledge and tools for the development of their creative company in a seven-month training course: from the concept to market research to implementation.

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Son et Création au Senegal

A nine-month advanced training programme in the fields of the music industry, live sound technology and a salon for music-enthusiastic journalists brings the Senegalese music scene together with national and international experts.

Takween creative space Photo: Goethe-Institut Jordanien


Creating, creating, developing together - young designers and creative entrepreneurs in Jordan are supported by various learning opportunities to build networks, establish cooperation and become creative together.

KHAN AL FAN Photo: X-Line


With its KHAN AL FAN project, the Goethe-Institut Iraq is promoting the emerging market of cultural and creative industries, the entrepreneurial and political perception of the sector, and the development of employment prospects in Iraq.

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South Africa
Cav’ Platform

The Cav’ Platform project aims to coordinate the CCI through networking and creating possibilities for the visibility of the Industry, as well as for the CCI ecosystem to recognise each other and the work the various parts are doing to further develop the industry.

Cultural Economies in Townships Photo: Tim Moolman

South Africa
Cav’ Townships

To counteract high youth unemployment, this programme implements formats for the development of concrete career perspectives in the creative sector in close cooperation with local actors.

More about Cultural and Creative Industries Support Programmes at the Goethe-Institut

Working Paper of the Goethe-Institut and the network of support institutions for in the CCI on “Internationalisation in the CCI“

Cultural and Creative Industries Promotion of the Goethe-Institut in the Region North Africa and Middle East
Manual for the establishment of Cultural Entrepreneurship Hubs


Nico Degenkolb
Goethe-Institut Zentrale
Tel. +49 89 1592 1436