Europe and the world - Goethe-Institut Belgium

Quick access:

Go directly to content (Alt 1) Go directly to first-level navigation (Alt 2)
MappemondeImage: Shutterstock

Europe and the world

From feminism to the LGBTIQIA+ movement to postcolonial debates, people in Europe and around the world are demanding recognition, justice and participation. At the same time, these efforts are threatened by shrinking spaces of freedom, increasing radicalism and multiple crises.

What can living together in solidarity in inclusive, pluralistic societies look like? What role can Europe play here? 


Logo Unzivilgesellschaft © Sandra Kastl

artistic and discussion formats
Uncivil Society

Uncivil Society is a project of the Goethe Institutes in Brussels, Budapest, Milan and Oslo making use of artistic and discussion formats and working with local partners to address the Europe-wide phenomenon of right-wing violence and terror.

Post colonialism

Alles vergeht außer der Vergangenheit © Caroline Wolewinski

Everything passes except the past

The large-scale project of the Goethe-Institut in Brussels, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institutes in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and various other partners, such as the Africa Museum Tervuren, L’ISELP (Brussels), Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món (Barcelona) Museo Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux) and Culturgest (Lisbon). It focuses on dealing with the colonial heritage in these countries. At the center is the artistic-discursive engagement with a past that remains present in the museums, in the public space and in the picture archives of the region.


Logo Culture moves Europe © Culture moves Europe

Culture Moves Europe

Culture Moves Europe is the new mobility action funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and implemented by the Goethe-Institut. Based on the successful pilot phase i-Portunus, Culture Moves Europe supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals among all countries participating in Creative Europe and will run until July 2025.

Culture and creative industries

Creative Flip

The culture and creative sectors perform various tasks for the economy and society. However, there are still structural problems which are holding these sectors back from achieving their full growth potential. The Creative FLIP project – co-funded by the European Union – is aiming to resolve this situation. Its main objective is to establish constructive and sustainable framework conditions in the fields of finance, learning, innovation and patenting for the cultural and creative sectors in Europe.

Cultural relations

Startnet - Bari © Goethe-Institut Brüssel

StartNet – network transition from education to employment

Youth unemployment in Europe remains a significant problem, despite slightly declining numbers, and it has severe consequences for young people, the economy and society as a whole.

Halaqat Publication © Caroline Lessire


Europe and the Arab world are two rapidly changing regions, each with specific and varied local social, economic and political realities, but above all with many connections, historical and present. Building on these connections, the Goethe-Institut and Bozar present the project Halaqat. Halaqat – which in Arabic means multiple links and circles – aims to strengthen these entanglements and build bridges between both regions.  

Cultural Diplomacy Platform 2016 © Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Cultural Relations Platform

The Cultural Relations Platform (CRP) is an EU-funded project designed to support the European Union to engage in international cultural relations.


Voices of Culture Logo

Voices of Culture

In an increasingly globalized world, the European Commission seeks to promote the role and importance of culture, including within the EU. With the project The Voice of Culture, the European Commission therefore wants to improve the communication between civil society actors and political decision-makers in the field of culture.


Support EU filmfestivals

Support EU filmfestivals

Support to EU Film Festivals is a project initiated by the European Union and implemented by, Institut français and Goethe-Institut. The goal is to support the creation and enhance the quality of EU Film Festivals organized by the EU delegations worldwide outside of Europe. 


Information in German!

EUNIC is the Network for Cultural Institutes of the Member States of the European Union. It was founded in 2006 and has more than 30 members operating in more than 150 countries.

Cultural open spaces


What does freedom mean in Europe today, where is it restricted or at risk? What is the value of freedom? These are the questions addressed by the large-scale project FREIRAUM.


Flix: The Humboldt animal Photo (detail): © Carlsen


Comics from Belgium determined the face of European pictorial history in the 20th century. Today, German comic artists are also searching for new narrative forms.

German Language Column

Sprechstunde - die Sprachkolumne © Goethe-Institut e. V./Illustration: Tobias Schrank

The language column

How does one find one's way around the rules of the German language, where do new words come from, and what are the most important changes in the use of the language - for example through digitalisation and sensitisation with regard to the gender issue? These and other exciting topics are the subject of our column on the German language.