© William Jameson
What do we use parks in our cities for? What significance do parks have for people? The Goethe-Institut USA travelled with a video team through parks in Germany and the USA and captured impressions of the green oases.
Photo: Gema Segura | CC BY–SA 2.0 ES
What places do we identify with and why? What is our relationship to the place where we live, where we or our parents were born? In 12 photo portraits, the Goethe-Institut Spain examines the question of identity in plural societies.
© M. Miller
How do Muslims in Germany practice their religion? How do they interact with their social environment? What wishes, joys, worries and fears do they have? Through essays, interviews and photo stories, the Goethe-Institut Indonesia gives an insight into the life of German Muslims.
© Goethe-Institut Neuseeland
Films, interviews with artists and music from Germany: In the monthly radio broadcast „Goethe on Air“ the Goethe-Institut New Zealand offers insights into the German cultural scene – presented by their interns.
What are the challenges facing Europe today? What does the future of the continent look like? In this dossier, the Goethe-Institut Norway brings together films, interviews and articles about the diverse facets of the continent – and illustrates its importance and visions.
© Uli Kaufmann
How does one examine the issue of a country’s national identity from an external perspective? In this project of the Goethe-Institut UK eight students from the Ostkreuz School for Photography express their position on Brexit and give an insight into everyday life in Manchester.
© privat/Sara N. Plassig
A Europe that is more for the people – what could it look like? The Goethe-Institut Norway has invited two convinced pro-Europe women to an exchange of letters: Ulrike Guérot, political scientist from Germany, and Kirsti Methi, Chairwoman of the Norwegian European Movement.
© Goethe-Institut Italien/Lucia Conti
What makes Berlin unique? What can only be seen there? And how does the capital respond to the challenges of a modern metropolis? Together with journalists and filmmakers, the Goethe-Institut Italy takes a look at Berlin’s multifaceted display window.
Illustration: Daniel Tornero © Goethe-Institut Madrid
First the economic crisis, then the increasing success of right-wing parties: the idea of the United States of Europe seems illusory today. The Goethe-Institut Spain has therefore ventured to take a long-range view – and has invited nine Spanish illustrators to draw up their visions of Europe in 4017.
The artists and experts interviewed in our series “5 Plus 1” love their work. Nonetheless, the Goethe-Institut Norway wants to know what other profession they would like to have – and gets surprising answers.
Street art originally arose in New York – people there used walls as canvases for political commentary. Today this art form is found on walls all over the world. The Goethe-Institut Canada, together with Goethe-Instituts in Mexico and the USA, presents street art from all three countries.
© Alice Moore, CC0 1.0
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!
flickr.com | Photo © Steffen Geyer, UsualRedAnt.de
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.
© Lea Delazer
“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.
© Isabelle Beyer
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.
© Heidi Bergsli
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.
© #visitfrankfurt, Photo: Holger Ullmann
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
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.
© Mariana Garcés
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”.
© Miroslava Tolarová
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.
“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.
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?
© Sabine Frühstück
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.
© Jasper Braam
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.
© Fanis Vlastaras
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.
© Victoria Holguín
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.
© Enrico Fabian
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.
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-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!”
Illustration On Patrol, Author: Serendigity © Serndigity via Flickr
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!
© David Polonsky
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.
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?
Illustration (detail) © Sara Quod
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.
Photo © Goethe-Institut Riga / L. Urme
Paths to a Common Future
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.
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?
© Li Lubo (李鲁博)
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: © Stefano Capezzone│FabLab Roma Makers
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.
Photo © Alexey Kubasow
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.
© Rhizomatiks Research
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?
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.
Bottomap | © Pippo Onorati
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.
© Dai Jianyong
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.
© Lea Delazer
Berlinale Bloggers 2017
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.
Photo (Detail): © Davaanyam Delgerjargal
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.
Photo (Ausschnitt): © Safa Berkho
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.
© Goethe-Institut Italien
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.
© Goethe-Institut USA
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.
Photo (CC BY-ND 4.0): Aaron Ashle
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.
Additional Interesting Web Offers
Even more exciting, international Goethe-Institut dossiers promise a wide range of insights: some examples - the Goethe-Institut China takes up nocturnal phenomena, the Institut in Brazil approaches the concept of body culture, and Latvia presents photos of 1950's German architecture.