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60 Years Goethe-Institut Bangladesh

The Goethe-Institut has been working in Dhaka since December 20th, 1961. We celebrated the past 60 years with the Goethe Pop Up Festival​, expanding our partner network and laying foundations for the future.
 

Logo Jubiläum 60 Jahre Goethe-Institut Bangladesch
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Impressions from our anniversary 2021
60 Years Goethe-Institut Bangladesh

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Goethe Pop Up Festival

Goethe Pop Up provides a platform for hybrid initiatives that engage local public spheres beyond the cultural centers of Bangladesh. This is in line with the Goethe-Institut's goals of promoting creative and empowering ways of transnational exchange to reflect and expand knowledge. From numerous concept submissions reflecting diverse artistic discursive expressions and methodologies, the Goethe-Institut selected eight curators or artist collectives to integrate their work into an ecosystem of various Goethe Pop Ups across Bangladesh - celebrating our 60th anniversary. 

JISR // BRÜCKE

JISR // BRÜCKE: From the Isar to the Padma is a Munich music collective, led by Dr Mohcine Ramdan. In 2022, they toured Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India to exchange about musical cultures as part of the project The Sound of Faraway Lands. Local artists joined the ensemble on their way. In Dhaka JISR enthralled the audience at the National Theater Hall of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to celebrate the 50 years of Bangladesh, our 60th anniversary, and 50th anniversary of Germany-Bangladesh bilateral relations.
 

  • Dancer and choreographer Ariful Islam Arnab performing “Manush” (beng. human being) with his co-star Snata Shahrin. © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Dancer and choreographer Ariful Islam Arnab performing “Manush” (beng. human being) with his co-star Snata Shahrin.
  • The entire staff of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh pose for a photo together, ​​Celebrating 60 Years of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, 1961-2021 © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    The entire staff of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh pose for a photo together, ​​Celebrating 60 Years of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, 1961-2021
  • Band Sharkar ended the evening with their wonderful performance. © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Band Sharkar ended the evening with their wonderful performance.
  • Guests enjoying themselves at the dance floor. © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Guests enjoying themselves at the dance floor.
  • Guests enter their names at the reception of the DrikPath Bhaban. © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Guests enter their names at the reception of the DrikPath Bhaban.
  • Speakers at the reception: Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, director Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Luva Nahid Chowdhury, Director General Bengal Foundation, His Excellency Achim Tröster, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bangladesh, Nadia Samdani, Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of the Dhaka Art Summit (from left to right) © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Speakers at the reception: Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, director Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, Luva Nahid Chowdhury, Director General Bengal Foundation, His Excellency Achim Tröster, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bangladesh, Nadia Samdani, Co-Founder and President of the Samdani Art Foundation and Director of the Dhaka Art Summit (from left to right)
  • Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury (middle) curated ‘Weaving Stories’ an exhibition that brings together the narratives of eight different projects realized through Goethe Pop Up in 2021. © Ahadul Karim | Goethe-Institut Bangladesh
    Ruxmini Reckvana Q Choudhury (middle) curated ‘Weaving Stories’ an exhibition that brings together the narratives of eight different projects realized through Goethe Pop Up in 2021.
  • Native Roots screened at DrikPath Bhaban © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    Native Roots screened at DrikPath Bhaban
  • All Goethe Pop Ups re-presented their work on one floor for their audience in Dhaka © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    All Goethe Pop Ups re-presented their work on one floor for their audience in Dhaka
  • Artist Himan Murmu from Dinajpur (left) and photographer Snighdha Sultana (right) © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    Artist Himan Murmu from Dinajpur (left) and photographer Snighdha Sultana (right)
  • The celebration and exhibition took place at the interim premises of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, at DrikPath Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    The celebration and exhibition took place at the interim premises of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, at DrikPath Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka
  • Many visitors came to the exhibition that took place from 21-23 March 2022 © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    Many visitors came to the exhibition that took place from 21-23 March 2022
  • Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, ended the night with her thank you speech to the audience. © Syed Mehedy Hasan
    Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, ended the night with her thank you speech to the audience.

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