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.”

Topics and current Events

Here you can find further information or current events regarding Cultural Education and Discourse.

The key visual of the festival " Frequencies. Sharing Feminisms". Diverse fonts and bright colors visualize the concept of frequencies. © Goethe-Institut

Feminismen Festival 2022

From 19 to 21 May 2022, the Goethe-Institut invites you to “Frequencies. Sharing Feminisms” at the Pfefferberg area and the Sophiensæle in Berlin. The interdisciplinary festival is devoted to diverse feminist movements around the world and aims to enrich the discourse in Germany. The programme includes discussions, workshops, performances, participatory formats, readings, music and films.


International Relief Fund, Grafic: © Katja Römer International Relief Fund, Grafic: © Katja Römer

International Relief Fund 2021

In 2020, the Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut initiated the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education in response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on cultural organisations abroad. Because of the positive reception and high effectiveness, the funding was continued in 2021.