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Self-portrait F. Kafka (focussed)© Self-potrait by Kafka / The National Library of Israel. Max Brod Archive.


On the occasion of the 140th birthday in 2023 and the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka's death in 2024, the Goethe-Institut is dedicating its programme to the Prague-born German-language writer and his literary work in a variety of ways.

Franz Kafka is by no means “just a classic”. His social critiques and images of fundamental human experiences are highly topical even today. 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of Kafka's death and 2023 would have been the 140th birthday of the world-famous author. On the occasion of these anniversaries, the Goethe-Institut will take the opportunity to reflect on his work. You can expect a variety of formats that will show new ways to his texts and the author himself. From a German studies conference, literary readings and theatrical productions to a video game, we would like to offer you a variety of perspectives on Franz Kafka.


Land Surveys. Kafka and the country side.

The Institute of German Studies at Charles University, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, is organising a conference from 30.03.-01.04.2023 entitled “Landvermessungen. Kafka und das Landleben”. Whether in Kafka's Castle, in The Country Doctor or in stories such as Children on the Country Road: time and again, Kafka's narrative turns to life in the countryside and movement over land.

Kafka Spielen © Eva Nečasová, Charles Games

Serious Game
Playing Kafka

Together with the indie game studio Charles Games and thanks to the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Goethe-Institut is developing a video game that brings Kafka's literary world to life in virtual space.

Kafka2024 © Drawing by Kafka / The National Library of Israel. Max Brod Archive.

Art & Culture
Kafka Now

With partners from the arts and culture, we are planning numerous events reflecting on the author Kafka and his work in the anniversary years 2023/24: Conferences, workshops, theatre performances and much more. You can find current event announcements in our cultural calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kafka's cultural legacy

Partner & Sponsors

The serious game “Playing Kafka” is realised together with Charles Games and is funded by the National Reconstruction Plan, an initiative of the Czech Ministry of Culture, and financially supported by the European Union.

Contact us

In case of questions or suggestions, please contact:

Monika Loderova
Goethe-Institut Tschechien