Web projects of the Goethe-Institut worldwide

Jakob Hein on Berlin flickr.com | Photo © Steffen Geyer, UsualRedAnt.de

A Berliner in Berlin

Jakob Hein is an author, screenplay-writer, doctor – and a Berliner. For the Goethe-Institut Poland, he writes about life in the German capital and its peculiarities, which he loves, marvels at, and keenly scrutinises.

Up to Our Ears © Alice Moore, CC0 1.0

Music on our minds

Voices, sounds and noises – the Czech young people’s magazine Jádu goes in search of music in all its facets. From pop music to “mushroom music”: whether we can, want to or have to, listening is worth it!

Bicultural Urbanite © Isabelle Beyer

Berlin Calling!

Two Australians in Berlin blog for the Goethe-Institut in Australia. The travel bug brought Luke Troynar and Brianna Summers from Melbourne to Germany – and their holiday destination became their second homeland.

Urban Prospects © Heidi Bergsli

Future Workshop “City”

How do we want to live? This question is being raised in cities in particular. Green, vibrant and cosmopolitan – the Goethe-Institut Norway portrays ideas. for the future, by and for cities in Norway and Europe.

No-Go © Lea Delazer

Districts in Disrepute

“Social hotspot”, “ghetto“, “no-go area” – certain neighbourhoods are considered “problem zones”. But how did this happen in the first place, and how do residents deal with it? The Goethe-Institut Belgium visits urban districts in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy.

Frankfurt © #visitfrankfurt, Photo: Holger Ullmann

Guest of Honour: France

This year, France is Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A sufficient occasion for the Goethe-Institut France to also take a look, in addition to literature, at Hesse's art and cultural scene – on both sides of the Rhine

Searching for clues

What does New Brunswick have to do with Braunschweig, and why is a German selling hand-printed T-shirts in Montreal?
The Goethe-Institut Canada goes in search of clues – from yesterday and today.

Bilder der Erinnerung © Mariana Garcés

On Things Experienced and Kept

A house in the country, a location in the city – some places have a special meaning for us. The Goethe-Instituts of Colombia and Brazil have invited authors, intellectuals and cultural creatives from South America to describe their very own, personal “image of memory”.

Goethes Pfadfinder © Miroslava Tolarová

Typically German!?

What does a pacifist think of Europe’s largest hunting fair? What does a biology student fear at a huge motorcycle exhibition? The Goethe-Institut Czech Republic’s pathfinders explore German culture at typical and not-so-typical venues. 

Berlin, weil … © Colourbox

Declarations of Love to a City

“If not in Warsaw then THERE! THERE you can run across the street in your pyjamas” – Berlin is the place of longing par excellence for artists and intellectuals from around the world. The Goethe-Institut Poland has collected declarations of love by Polish cultural creatives.

Flucht, Migration und politisches Exil © Goethe-Institut

Witnesses to History – Past and Present

Reservations about accepting refugees exist in many countries. Reason enough for the Goethe-Institut Latvia to ask: who is actually arriving and what does flight mean for individuals? And: did not Latvians themselves have to live in exile until recently? 

No-Go © Lea Delazer

Districts in Disrepute

“Social hotspot”, “ghetto“, “no-go area” – certain neighbourhoods are considered “problem zones”. But how did this happen in the first place, and how do residents deal with it? The Goethe-Institut France visits urban districts in Belgium, Germany, France and Italy.

Sex(less)?! © Sabine Frühstück

Sexual Revolution 2.0?

According to recent surveys, sex no longer plays any part for over half of all Japanese couples. Is sexuality gradually shifting into virtual worlds? Is Japan leading the way here? Experts and artists from Germany and Japan bring light into the darkness for the Goethe-Institut Japan.

Focus: Essen © Jasper Braam

Behind culinary scenes

Something we hardly think about at home becomes all the more important abroad: food. Because it is not only a basic need, it also involves health, identity and even ethics. The Goethe-Institut China examines the facets of cuisine – in China and in Germany.

Documenta 14 © Fanis Vlastaras

Learned from Athens?

The “documenta” in Kassel, and this year in Athens as well, is a leading exhibition of contemporary art. Now it’s almost over – but what remains? Artists, curators and art critics from around the world take stock for the Goethe-Institut Brazil.

Photo Coverage © Victoria Holguín

From Bogotá to Berlin and Back Again

The Goethe-Institut Colombia traces the differences – and the similarities - between Colombia and Germany. The latest photo coverage takes us into green areas, to memorial parks in Bogotá und Berlin. 

Lifeline Express © Enrico Fabian

Hospital on Rails

India’s Lifeline Express is the world’s first hospital train. It provides the population in rural areas with medical treatment by dedicated doctors – free of charge. The Goethe-Institut India went along on one of its journeys.

A home for Nessie © Colourbox.de

Your lake for Nessie

Brexit is also worrisome to Scotland's most celebrated inhabitant: Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Lacking British citizenship, he or she might soon need a new home. Join with the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in search of a new lake for Nessie! 

DEFA-Festival © DEFA-Stiftung, Dietram Kleist

Summer cinema at home

This summer, in the Goethe-Institut New York's online cinema, everything revolves around the longings of several generations in the former GDR. Six films can be streamed here free of charge until the end of August –  “Roll it!”

Science Fiction: Not of this World Illustration On Patrol, Author: Serendigity © Serndigity via Flickr

Not of this World

Reaching for the stars or journeying to distant galaxies have lost none of their fascination. For those who'd rather stay put on earth, the Goethe-Institut Poland has an alternative on offer: science fiction for reading, watching, listening – and for learning German!

Channa Maron © David Polonsky

"To thine own self be true"

Channa Maron was one of Israel's best-known actors. As a child she fled Nazi Germany, conquered Israel's stages as a young woman and championed peace into her old age. Illustrators David Polonsky and Barbara Yelin have traced her eventful life in a comic.

#MyGermanPop Detail © Karolina Cerneviciene


Around the world, Goethe-Institut fans have voted on Twitter and Facebook and chosen their favourite German pop songs. You can hear the Top 30 now on Spotify – is your favourite among them?

Neue Ufer Illustration (detail) © Sara Quod

That's my city!

Two comic artists from France and Germany blog each month for the Goethe-Institut France. Christopher Tauber alias Piwi from Frankfurt and Sara Quod from Lyon illustrate impressions and fun facts about their cities on a specific theme, music for instance. 

Futur_LV Photo © Goethe-Institut Riga / L. Urme

Memory as Legacy

How much of the past must, how much of it should be carried forward into the future? What memories divide society, what memories bring it together? The Goethe-Institut Latvia goes in search of remembrance cultures in Latvia and Germany.

Gegenwarten reformieren © Goethe-Institut

New Theses

The Reformation was an occurrence that not only revolutionised the Church, but also culture and society. Today, 500 years later, the Goethe-Institut Italy asks: How relevant are the Reformation and its revolutionary spirit to the present?

Handmade © Li Lubo (李鲁博)

With Heart, Hand and Mind

A workbench instead of a desk, comb and scissors instead of a laptop: Many Chinese and Germans are deciding against an office job – and in favour of a career as baker, beekeeper or hairstylist. The Goethe-Institut China met up with some of today's artisans.

 Photo: © Colourbox

Still contentious

The Benelux countries have the most liberal legislation on assisted dying. Are these countries therefore pioneers in Europe? Or simply outliers from the mainstream? The Goethe-Institut Belgium devotes a dossier to these issues.

From immigration to innovation

This year we'll be celebrating German-Canadian friendship. A dossier of the Goethe-Institut Canada creates a cultural mosaic from German-Canadian contributions.

Sustainably Chic © Colourbox

Fashion Conscious

Around the world, more and more people are thinking about sustainable consumption. The Goethe-Institut Australia notes: Sustainable doesn't mean unstylish!

YouTube Competition for German teaching vloggers Foto: Matias Castello/Getty Images

Learning German on YouTube

Complicated grammar, boring exercises, long vocabulary lists? This has got to stop! That’s why the Goethe-Institut is looking for a creative web video concept for learning German. Sign up, take part!

Wishes for Europe

2017 is Europe’s super election year. We have asked people in and outside of Europe: What do you wish for Europe in 2017? #mywishforeurope

Photo: Tymek Piotrowski © Goethe-Institut Polen

Got the Travel Bug?

Whether with the thrill of anticipation or weary groans - we perpetually seek to satisfy our wanderlust. In online exhibitions, interviews and more, the Goethe-Institut Poland takes up the theme of travel from a range of perspectives. 

Toppling Barriers © Be. Accessible

A world without barriers

The world is open to people with physical and mental disabilities! The platform Future Perfect collects encouraging stories from around the world and shows where and how a better future is already reality.

Grafik aus dem Pageflow Goethe-Institut/Julia Klement

Knowledge Is Power

The digitalisation of all areas of life is advancing. Opportunity or peril? The Goethe-Institut Estonia asks itself this question and also offers users a chance to study their own surfing behaviour – with a self-test.

Blog © Adriana Altaras

Summer in Iceland

Living and working in Iceland – the Goethe-Institut Denmark and the Icelandic capital Reykjavik have invited author Adriana Altaras. She'll tell about her experiences on our literary blog from April until September. 

Discussing Poetry © Goethe-Institut

In the Here and Now

Contemporary poetry as a medium of innovation? The Goethe-Institut Prague says "Yes!" and presents the lively and imaginative ways in which poets in the Czech Republic and Germany are breathing new vitality into poetry.

Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsliteratur auf Spanisch Photo © Colourbox

Country and People

25 German-language authors take centre stage at the Goethe-Institut Spain. Their stories form a literary image of Germany – in German and in Spanish.

Heute ist Morgen Photo: © Petr Neubert | Národní divadlo

Visions of the Future

What kind of world do we want to live in? And how long do we want to wait until it becomes a reality? The dossier of the German-Czech young people's portal Jádu reveals what today's and tomorrow's generation 

Creatività 4.0 Photo: © Stefano Capezzone│FabLab Roma Makers

​The Digital Craft

Whether handicrafts, publishing or product design – digitalisation has also captured the arts and media scene. To connect designers and experts, the Goethe-Institut Italy has taken up the theme of the creative economy.

Die Grenze Photo © Alexey Kubasow

Beyond the Horizon

Where does Europe end and Asia begin? How do boundaries arise and what do these lines of demarcation mean for countries and people? The Goethe-Institute Moscow has invited young artists to take up the theme of boundaries – in the geographic and figurative sense.

Virtual Reality © Rhizomatiks Research

Within reach

Virtual Reality we can touch is now also available, in theatre and media art. The Goethe-Institut Japan explores in depth these digital creations: can we rediscover reality in this way, or will we get lost in fantasy worlds?

Future Perfect: Growing up well © Performing Arts Studio Yoram Loewenstein

Happy Childhood

A carefree childhood is not a matter of course everywhere. This "Future Perfect" dossier tells how initiatives are encouraging creativity and self-reliance in children and young people.

Open Data Indonesien © Dwi Rahmanto

Open to All

Government agencies publish data, members of the public can use them for their own purposes: this is the central concept behind the open data movement internationally. The Goethe-Institut Indonesia presents ways in which a culture of publically accessible data can emerge in Southeast Asia.

Focus Refugees Collage: Horst Kaluppke © Goethe-Institut Montreal

Made it!

The Goethe-Institut Canada’s dossier is dedicated to the global discourse on the situation of refugees. In focus are unconventional solutions, courageous engagement and success stories – by and for refugees.

Halfdan Pisket - Denmark - Changing the picture Illustration (detail): © Halfdan Pisket

Statements with the Pencil

Graphic artists and illustrators tackle the refugee crisis and process prejudices, fears and misreporting into comics. "Picture Politics" is a project by Goethe-Institutes in Northern Europe.

Neue Designer aus Rom und Berlin Bottomap | © Pippo Onorati

Creatives in the City

Berlin and Rome are not only the capitals of Germany and Italy, they are also the creative centres of their countries. The Goethe Institute Italy shows in a dossier how young designers work in both cities – and what challenges they are facing.

Focus: The Body © Dai Jianyong

Body Images

The Goethe-Institut China investigates the human body and displays it in many facets: as a hybrid entity in art, as an occasion for encounter and conversation, and as a means of expression of identity and aesthetics.  

Konverter Photo © SLANG – Studio für graphic design

Life in Mind

On Life and Dreams: the Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk has launched the platform "Converter" – for stories and themes by young authors and photographers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The city is ours © Lybid Ye, Creative-Commons-Lizenz BY-NC-ND 3.0

Places of Exchange

Grimy and grey? Or colourful and livable? Cities are as we shape them – as shown by the stories this Future-Perfect dossier tells: of urban initiatives seeking to develop community spaces and promote creativity.

Erinnerungsräume © Goethe-Institut Riga / Alexey Murashko

Bridges to the Future

What memories of the 20th century divide society, what bring it together? The Goethe-Institut Latvia wanted to know – and asked individuals for a personal look back in digital form. The result: over 90 fragments – out of which in the end a theatrical work arose.

Berlinale-Blogger 2017 © Lea Delazer

It’s Berlinale time!

The 67th Berlinale will be held from 9 until 19 February. Twelve bloggers and film journalists from around the world will cover the international film festival for the Goethe-Institut – from an international perspective. 

Data Dreams Photo (Detail): © Davaanyam Delgerjargal

Digital Identities

The digital revolution is changing our lives in fundamental ways. How are we dealing with this and how can we come to a better understanding of ourselves in these new worlds? The Goethe-Instituts in East Asia have invited artists, hackers and other experts to take positions on this issue.

Tell me your story Photo (Ausschnitt): © Safa Berkho

Young refugees tell their stories

They’re between 14 and 22 years old and have fled from Syria to Turkey: about 30 young people tell the Goethe-Institut Turkey about their lives before, during and after their escape – in video interviews and photo series.

Happiness Landscape © Goethe-Institut Italien

What does happiness sound like?

People in Trieste, Rome, Naples and Palermo have answered the Goethe-Institut Italy. In about 70 podcasts, they guide us to places of their very own, personal, audible happiness: Italy as an acoustic landscape of happiness.

P3M5 © Goethe-Institut USA

Data Privacy in Five Minutes

What do the private sphere and data privacy mean in the digital age? The theatre project P3M5, initiated by the Goethe-Institut USA, revolves around this question. Dramatists from the USA and Europe present their answers in 5-minute films.

Life in Plastic Photo (CC BY-ND 4.0): Aaron Ashle

In a new look

Earrings, chairs and skateboards made from plastic waste – creative upcycling that is already making a better future a reality: the Future-Perfect Dossier on life with and without plastic.

Language and Culture of the Hungarian Roma Photo (detail): © Galerie Kai Dikhas

A Cultural Kaleidoscope

Centuries old and vibrant to this day – the language and culture of the Hungarian Roma. The Goethe-Institut Hungary devotes a dossier to this important and complex chapter of European cultural history.

  Photo © Colourbox.de

On the Run: a Debate

Aman Sethi and Georg Diez, two journalists from India and Germany, discuss the so called refugee issue – by letter!

Diversity of forms

Fruits and vegetables that do not conform to specific standards never make it to the supermarket. But artist Uli Westphal's camera captures them. He tells why in the latest interview in the Goethe-Institut Prague's series "In Conversation With ...".

 © DOON 東

Virtual Pursuit of Medals

After the Olympics is before the Olympics – that's why we're risking a look at the year 2032. How will future athletes compete for a place on the winners' podium?