Interview with Johannes Ebert
“Stimuli That Germany Needs”
The coronavirus pandemic also left a mark on the year 2020 for the Goethe-Institut. In his interview with “The Latest at Goethe”, Secretary-General Johannes Ebert nonetheless is optimistic about the future and speaks about the focuses the Goethe-Institut will set in its international cultural and language work in 2021.
By Alexander Behrmann
The Goethe-Institut contributes to peaceful and understanding coexistence in the world, says Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut Johannes Ebert, adding, “And that’s only possible through encounters, encounters and more encounters.” In 2020, they mainly took place in the digital space. In its cultural programmes, the Goethe-Institut developed digital and hybrid formats with broad coverage. By setting up an international aid fund together with the Federal Foreign Office, it was also able to support cultural and educational organisations abroad. There were also innovations in language work: Online language courses significantly intensified worldwide and in November 2020, the Goethe-Institut was named the best digital language teaching institute.