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Responsibilities of the Goethe-Institut
Cultural Education and Discourse

Leuphana Universität/ Goethe-Institut Photo: Loredana La Rocca
Cultural Education and Discourse play a crucial role in the understanding and self-reflection of societies. The Goethe-Institut supports these processes, makes an active contribution to them and offers platforms and meeting places for artists, academics and journalists. It cooperates with partners and experts worldwide, strengthens innovative developments and tests new event formats.
The Goethe-Institut initiates and supports worldwide educational programmes for the further training of cultural professionals in the fields of cultural management and entrepreneurship, advises cultural institutions and networks participating stakeholders. It engages in the fields of cultural and digital education and focuses on topics being debated in the public, the media and science.

This includes dealing with topics such as post-colonialism, migration and displacement, gamification and cultures of remembrance. The special focus is on the three main topics “How does the new come into the world?” “Cultures of equality” and “Ecology and sustainability.”
A dancer performing a leap © Pexels/Yogendra Singh

Arts Funding

The Goethe-Institut promotes culture and the arts in every discipline. We provide funding to enable professional as well as newcomer and amateur artists, whether in groups or individually, to carry out projects in Germany or abroad. In addition to grants for projects and translations, we award scholarships, prizes and fellowships. The funding criteria, application periods and types of funding vary according to the terms of the call for proposals.

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Thomas Lier
Head of the Department Cultural Education and Discourse
Tel. +49 89 15921-778