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German EU Council Presidency Illustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

German EU Council Presidency

(16 June 2020)
In the course of the German EU Council Presidency the Goethe-Institut is strengthening its European commitment. In EU-wide projects such as “Freiraum” or on multilingualism, it and its partners are dedicated to the diversity of Europe.

„Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit“
A growing number of people in Africa and Asia are learning German

(4 June 2020)
How many people learn German? This is shown by the survey “Deutsch als Fremdsprache weltweit” conducted by the Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institut, the DAAD, the ZfA and the Deutsche Welle. 15.4 million people are learning German, and it is becoming increasingly important in Africa and Asia.

The title Kulturama.digital is shown against a blue-white-orange background including the following objects: glasses, an eye and a mouth. Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Join in and turn on

(16 April 2020)
The Goethe-Institut’s digital arts calendar “kulturama.digital” brings culture into your living room. Whether concerts, readings, or plays: Artists around the world can upload their online offers for free and present them to their audience.

Drawn picture; 2 people sit next to each other, inbetween them plays a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Time to listen

(14 April 2020)
The current situation has forced many people around the world to stay at home and follow the news. As in Boccaccio's "Il Decamerone", the description of the disaster is followed by stories.

Intellectuals and artists around the world on the social consequences of the pandemic © Kitty Kahane

Reflections on a post-corona-time

(6 April 2020)
What does the coronavirus crisis mean for each individual and for our society? Intellectuals and artists around the world respond to this question for the project “Day-Afterthoughts” with a view to the present and with a view to a time afterwards. We begin with the Indian historian Romila Thapar.