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Statement of the Goethe-Institut London
Culture is global

The Goethe-Institut sees itself as an institution with a European mandate. We subscribe to the vision of an integrated Europe and actively champion a shared and diverse cultural space. We are wholeheartedly committed to the values of openness, freedom of movement, justice and the embrace of diversity in our society.


The family of EU nations, as with all families, balances different beliefs and needs, while still being bound by a shared common identity. The United Kingdom has always been a central figure in this European family, and we would deeply regret their departure from the EU. But when uncertainty in politics arise, cultural relations are even more important. The Goethe-Institut strongly believes culture can transcend borders. In view of the current situation in the United Kingdom, our goal is to keep strengthening the cultural relations with the UK and to work closely with old and new partners in the country.

Culture has no borders, culture transcends politics, culture is global

Katharina von Ruckteschell, director of the Goethe-Institut London

The Goethe-Institut is well aware that Europe is often perceived as being in crisis. Europe faces challenges at many levels and is looking for answers. EU-skepticism, while most glaringly epitomized by the Brexit referendum, is not limited to the United Kingdom. To face this defining issue of our time, the Goethe-Institut is putting more clear-cut markers down to show its commitment to Europe in the next strategy period running from 2019 until 2022.