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Cultures of Equality

We stand up for equality in the cultural realm by providing a forum for underrepresented groups in the arts community to make themselves heard. We support exceptional artists from all walks of life, whatever their origins or identity, so that art and culture will be viewed as realms that are open to all, to be used by anyone and everyone to explore and celebrate their own creativity.

One of the really amazing things about the empowerment of women (...) has been to draw attention to discrimination across the whole range of cultural and social norms.

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern in London - Interview for the "Women in Culture Network"

Current Programmes & Projects

International theatre and festival directors listen to their guide during an exhibition. © Goethe-Institut

Theatre in Civil Society
Dramatic Episodes

A workshop series taking place over three years invites twelve theatre and festival directors from across four continents to reflect on the role of theatre in a rapidly changing world. Together they will work on practices that will enable change.

Figurines in a museum © 2019 Alamy Ltd.

Goethe Annual Lecture

In the tradition of our previous series, the Brady Lecture, the Goethe Annual Lecture invites acclaimed speakers to share their perspectives on the themes that we explore through our cultural work, and on the most pressing issues that societies are facing in the United Kingdom, Germany and worldwide. 

Frances Morris, Milota Sidorova, Khadija El Bennaoui, Juliette Duret, Alisa Prudnikova © Ana de Matos / Goethe-Institut

#WomenInCulture - Women in Leadership
Women Working in Culture Network

Listen to women in leadership positions, see how they are more and more shaping arts and culture, and follow the discussion topics of this international networking format.

Juliana Huxtable lying on the floor © Juliana Huxtable

Residency Programme
Goethe-Institut x Somerset House Studios Residency

Goethe-Institut London and Somerset House Studios are collaborating to establish a new international artist residency programme to support a Germany-based artist working at the intersection of music, art and technology for a period of three months.

The logo for the CROWD dance residency © Goethe-Institut London

CROWD – International Dance Exchange

6 chosen artists from the UK, Netherlands, Finland and Germany come together to cultivate their dance practices and networks. Residencies and Extension

A photo of participants from a previous event © Cumberland Lodge

25 – 27 Oct 2021, Windsor Great Park
British-German Democracy Forum

In October, we hosted the British-German Democracy Forum alongside our partners Cumberland Lodge. 45 speakers and delegates from Germany and the UK congregated for three days of intense discussions, including presentations from academics and workshop sessions focused on taking theory into action. More information about the programme and speakers can be found on our website.

Newsletter about current cultural events

All our events in the visual arts, film, literature, music, dance and theatre!

Language Is Emancipation

In "Word! The Language Column", Goethe Annual Lecture speaker 2020 Sharon Dodua Otoo devotes her contributions to grammar – as an ode to language and as an opportunity to speak up and change people's minds.

Working Towards Equality

Gender, disability, ethnicity, age and sexuality are always important factors in our work. We discuss these issues from the perspective of our international community – on our website and social media and in our programmes!

Beyoncé in a scene from her visual album “Black is King” Photo (detail): Travis Matthews © picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Deutschland #noFilter: Frankly ... Berlin
Pop Feminism: Greetings from the Other Side of Self-Empowerment

Do Beyoncé and Netflix feminism really liberate us? And if so, who is this “us”? Our Berlin columnist Margarita Tsomou has written a feminist manifesto in the seclusion of the lockdown. Because everything is closed outside, she takes us into her world of thoughts today

Latitude Festival © EL BOUM

For a Decolonised and Non-Racial World!
Digital Latitude-Festival

The digital festival Latitude presented a programme of artistic contributions and debates, exploring the question of how colonial structures impact the present and how we can overcome them. You can find most contributions in the "Media" section!

Illustration: "Girls rock" lettering in comic style, a hand extending thumb, index finger and little finger Photo: irina_levitskaya © fotolia.com

Feminism Today - The Five Most Important Questions

What are the vital issues that women and feminists in Germany today consider to be of burning importance, what are they concerned about? And what else is there still to do? This is a showcase of people who are involved in the field of culture and who are dealing with the hottest feminist issues and debates of the moment.

Trixie Munyama looks at a piece of clay in her hand during a performance. Photo (detail): Yvon Yasmi © Goethe-Institut Kamerun

“Stop Putting Make-Up on the Scars of the Past”

With the play “The Mourning Citizen”, which she is transferring to virtual space for the first time for the digital festival “Latitude”, Trixie Munyama from Namibia deals with the horrors of the German colonial past. In conversation with “The Latest” at Goethe, the dancer and choreographer speaks about forms of memory and the examination of pain, grief and rituals in dealing with the past.

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