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Cultural education and discourse play a decisive role in the understanding and self-reflection of societies. Cultural workers, scientists, scholars and journalists are seismographs and co-creators of social changes. The Goethe-Institut makes available platforms and meeting places, cooperates with partners and experts worldwide, bolsters developments and fosters social discourse, thereby developing and testing innovative event formats.


The cultural education programme of the Goethe-Institut provides qualifications for cultural workers, advises cultural institutions and networks actors with one another and with corresponding initiatives in Germany. In addition to cooperating with cultural institutions, television channels and schools, the programme also works together with universities and state and federal ministries.

Cultural Management Programmes worldwide

The division Cultural Education and Discourse provides digital and regional qualification- and networking programmes in cultural management in order to professionalise cultural workers and to foster the development of cultural infrastructure.

Arthink Southasia
Cultural Leadership Academy Ukraine
Kulturakademie Nordafrika/Nahost
Kulturakademie Tunesien
Kulturmanagement Bulgarien
Kulturmanagement Ramallah
Kulturmanagement Libyen
Land der Festivals (German version)
MOOC Managing the Arts
Master of Arts in Arts & Cultural Management


The discourse programme of the Goethe-Institut tracks issues under discussion by the public at large, the media and the sciences and humanities. It identifies questions of importance to society and sets thematic impulses arising from social and political developments and significant anniversaries. Of particular importance is the promotion of young experts who have shown outstanding ability in their fields.

Launch Architektenfahrplan Berlin

During the launch of Rapid Transit for Architects in Berlin on 22.11.2017 newly arrived architects and planners in Berlin as well as others with an interest in architecture networks of architecture will be presented: What are the others doing? How do they work? How can we network and promote and strengthen the existing network? 

Today Photo: Bernhard Ludewig

Damaskus im Exil

For two weeks the Goethe-Institut is creating a symbolic place for cultural encounters in Berlin, the Goethe-Institut Damascus | In Exile.

Kritikmaschine: Kursbuch takes a trip around the world © Murmann Publishers


The Goethe-Institut’s Kritikmaschine triggers a dialogue between authors of the leftist journal Kursbuch and intellectuals all over the world.

Banner © mischen, Harri Kuhn

Competing Narratives

At the public conference approximately 200 participants will discuss the “contest of narratives” (Frank Gadinger) in the context of human rights, freedom of speech and expression, sexual orientation, flight and migration.