Program Highlights

Goethe 20/20 Title © Goethe-Institut Toronto

20 thoughts on cultural entanglement

In programmatic clusters, the Goethe-Institut Toronto is looking into the distance with depth perception and sharpened focus. So are our renowned international partners, who have generously added their voices to the question of what the Goethe-Institut means: what it can do, should do, and how it matters in the cultural ecology; how we facilitate change and build community; and how we can enable meaningful and relevant cultural involvement and engagement for wide audiences.

Atom Egoyan, Media Space, Goethe-Institut Toronto Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto

Goethe Media Space

The Goethe Media Space showcases several artistic positions from Germany, Canada and beyond each year. It serves as a hub that focuses on pertinent developments in the current international arts and culture scene in Germany (including European and Canadian-German artists) and strives to open up the work that is hosted to an expanded intercultural dialogue.

Guests at Christie Pitts Film Screening © TOPS

German Film @ Canada

As Toronto is one of the most vibrant hubs for film culture in North America, in addition to its original programming, the Goethe-Institut Toronto proudly collaborates with a diverse group of partners to host exceptional screenings of work by German artists and filmmakers or with thematic connections to Germany. Collaborations are emphasizing diverse diasporic communities around the world, as well as the richness of historical and contemporary co-productions, with the institute co-presenting short, docs, animations and feature films.

Goethe Films, Toronto Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto


GOETHE FILMS brings the best of German film to Toronto audiences. The series offers film lovers the opportunity to see a top selection of German contemporary arthouse film in Toronto’s premier cinema.


European Union Film Festival Toronto

Founded in 2005 by and at the Goethe-Institut under the playful moniker “Eh! U Meet the Europeans” as a celebration of a diverse but joint cultural expression, the EUFF kicked off with an ambitious and enthusiastic program of 15 participating countries. 

Photo of a child in a film workshop © Goethe-Institut Toronto

Goethe-Institut Toronto Residencies

The Goethe-Institut Toronto is proud of its diverse artistic residency programs, which offer the opportunity for visiting artists, filmmakers, writers and thinkers to connect with Canadian visionaries and organisations and to develop, produce and present work internationally.

Dr. Deepali Dewan (ROM), Prof. Gerald McMaster (OCADU), and Goethe-Institut Toronto's Program Curator, Jutta Brendemühl, during Culture talks @ Goethe: Photography & the Exotic Other Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto/Marko Kovacevic

Culture talks @ Goethe

Imagine a new kind of cultural talk show, cultivating fresh conversations with some of Canada’s and Germany’s most celebrated and innovative curators, culture makers, artists and commentators.

Germany @ Canada 2017

Germany @ Canada 2017

This year, the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut are joining in the celebrations of Canada's sesquicentennial year with an exciting series of cultural events.

Inmitten der Zerstörung Inmitten der Zerstörung © Rami Bakhos


Throughout 2018, the Goethe-Institut Toronto welcomes international authors for readings & discussions on arriving and publishing in new cultures.

Book ed. by Gerald McMaster & Joe Baker courtesy National Museum of American Indian

“Show Indians”: Heinrich Zille and the Exotic Other

A personal reading of Heinrich Zille’s photography by curator, artist, and scholar Gerald McMaster.

Gesche Joost, Open Minds, Toronto Photo: Goethe-Institut Toronto / Marko Kovacevic

Open Minds: Adapting to the Future

For Open Minds: Adapting to the Future, a 3-night conversation series in the summer of 2016, the Goethe-Institut Toronto invited international artists, experts & audiences to engage about risk, resilience & resources, featuring thought leaders including Angela Merkel’s digital advisor Gesche Joost.

Frank Goosen @ Culture talks, Toronto © Goethe-Institut Toronto

Goethe-Institut Toronto presents HEIMAT NOW

This year we joined the conversation on the meaning of home and belonging with the GOETHE FILMS series “Heimat NOW” and a reading with German author Frank Goosen as part of Culture talks @ Goethe.

Schultze Gets the Blues Schultze Gets the Blues | Photo courtesy Filmkombinat

Press Release
Heimat NOW

TORONTO, January 30, 2017 – With a nod to #Canada150, the Goethe-Institut Toronto is joining
the conversation on the meaning of home and belonging with their latest Goethe Films screening series, Heimat NOW.