In 2011, the Cultural Academy Tarabya opens in the German ambassador’s picturesque, historical summer residence in Turkish Istanbul. The center offers grants to people engaged in the cultural sector from Germany and Turkey to come and engage in artistic-cultural exchange.
More than 100 grant recipients who live and work in Germany have already had the opportunity to devote themselves completely to their artistic endeavours in the German ambassador’s historical summer residence. Recipients include Ulla Lenze, Max Czollek, Kübra Gümüşay and David Wagner. Since 2021, German-Turkish artist pairs have also been eligible for residency grants with support from the Allianz Cultural Foundation. It is not only on the Bosporus that the Goethe-Institut runs a residency programme. In Kyoto, the Villa Kamogawa has been offering artists and academics from Germany a chance to work for three months in a new place, exchange ideas with the local cultural scene, and pursue their craft free from financial strain. In 2016, the Vila Sul was also founded in Salvador de Bahia.
How do you teach children German while also imparting interesting factual knowledge? The Kinderuniversity initiated by the Goethe-Institut Moscow does just that: The playful learning platform with courses in a “Sendung mit der Maus” style is available in 32 languages today.
Children are naturally inquisitive and learn even faster when content is presented in an appealing way. The Kinderuniversity offers insights into various fields of knowledge in the style of the popular German children’s show “Sendung mit der Maus” with its “funny and factual stories”. It creatively combines these little fact vignettes with German language acquisition. The educational project is aimed at children aged eight to twelve. Originally launched in Moscow in 2016, the Kinderuniversity is now available in 32 languages and was particularly popular during the coronavirus lockdown.
What moves the world? How do we shape the future? The Kultursymposium Weimar brings together experts from fields like science, media, art and politics to illuminate a topic from a range of perspectives in lectures, discussions and art performances. The Goethe-Institut organises the symposium to bring international discourse and voices to Germany. In 2016, the KSWE is dedicated to “The Sharing Game”; in 2021, the third symposium will explore “Generations”.
In memory of Henrike Grohs, who was killed in a 2016 terrorist attack, the Goethe-Institut and Grohs’ family honour young African artists and collectives. An ethnologist, Grohs headed the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The prize is aimed at artists in the visual arts who are just starting their careers.
October 2018 marks the start of the “Year of German-American Friendship” when the US and Germany celebrate their transatlantic friendship under the “Wunderbar Together” motto. Around two million people take part in the 2,800 events sponsored by the German Foreign Office, organized by the Goethe-Institut and supported by the Federation of German Industries.