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Collecting Europe visual identity Design: The Beautiful Meme

Art Project: Future of Europa
Collecting Europe

In 2017, the Goethe-Institut London and the V&A have commissioned twelve international artists and designers to imagine what Europe might look like 2,000 years from now. How might our present be viewed from the future?

Picture Politics - Illustration by Lars Jakobsen © Lars Jakobsen

Picture Politics

A joint project of several Goethe-Institutes bringing together comic artists and illustrators dealing with topics like immigration, stereotypes and prejudices about foreignness.


8 photographers - 8 positions
Brexit - A Photo Project

Eight students from the Ostkreuz School for Photography express their position on Brexit and give an insight into everyday life in Manchester.

Education and Knowledge

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert © Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1859 | 1842)

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Bicentenary
A Victorian Love Story

German is the language of love – no-one would have agreed more than Queen Victoria when she fell head over heels with the Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Learn more about the relationship between the two, and why they communicated in German.


Heirlooms. European Stories Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Europäische Geschichten
Heirlooms. European Stories

On the occasion of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018, we are collecting European “heirlooms” – inventions and accomplishments created in European exchange – an tell their stories

Michael Thielen is Karl Marx double in Trier. He sits in the garden of the Karl Marx House. Photo: Stefanie Preuin © picture alliance / SZ Photo

Karl Marx

Marxist ideas have played a role in film for more than 100 years, since Marx and his ideas are not just to be found in Germany and the world during the bicentennial year 2018. The self-test "How much Marx is in me?" provides facts for your opinion in this anniversary year.

Design and Fashion


Opera Village Africa - School, December 2015 Photo: © Lennart Laberenz

The European Project

The debate on how Europe will move forward in these uncertain times.

Collage of various people and landmarks of Europe © Groupe Dejour

Tell Me About Europe
Stories Beyond Generations

Europe is more than a continent or an idea. Europe consists of many different stories – personal stories of people from different generations. The project “Tell me about Europe” brings the memories of well-known Europeans alive and invites you to listen and join in the discussion.

Voices.Europe © Goethe Institut, Groupe Dejour

Music Project for Europe

The generation of people born around 1945, from England, France and Italy, are the ones being given a voice in our music and exchange project about the past, present, and future of Europe. The Russian-German composer Michael Langemann has created this Europe-wide musical dialogue for amateur singers and choirs, and other interested people. Voices.Europe can be experienced in both digital and analogue form, on social media and in person.

Europe Talks 2021 © Europe Talks

In cooperation with My Country Talks & The Mirror
Europe Talks 2021 - Was Brexit worth it?

Europe Talks invites people from all over Europe to engage in cross-border debates to tackle controversial topics such as immigration, the universal basic income and climate change. The project aims to use the power of conversation to create a space for dialogue and fight polarisation. For the 2021 edition we were hosting a discussion on Post-Brexit on our Seat #12 in our library.

A hand pulls a small wooden block out of a wall that is built out of nothing but small wooden blocks. On the block, the following writing is engraved: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. - Paulo Coelho" © Duffy Rafferty

Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020
The Disappearing Wall – Belfast

The interactive art installation Disappearing Wall was set up across Europe between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. Built from 6,000 wooden blocks inscribed with quotes from European high and pop culture, the walls represented the diversity of the continent. Set up in Belfast and 15 other European cities, the pan-European project travelled through overall 10 countries, celebrating the European identity with all its facets of languages and ideas.


Festival Banner © Goethe-Institut

Online Film Festival
Fokus – Films from Germany 2020

The 2020 winter season of new films from Germany. Online for the first time, the Glasgow based festival offered a wider distribution of stories between the real and the fictional.

Berlinale-Blogger Graphic: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Berlinale Bloggers 2020

17 film journalists from 14 countries and regions met in Berlin and presented their views on the Berlinale. As Berlinale bloggers they were looking for stories - on the screen and behind the scenes of the film festival, which celebrated its 70th birthday in 2020.

Berlinale Blogger 2019 Graphic: Lea Delazer © Goethe-Institut

Berlinale-Blogger 2019

Each year in February the film world gathers in Berlin. Twelve bloggers and film journalists will present their takes on the 69th Berlinale for the Goethe-Institut.

Society and Current Affairs

Mann mit Ball Copyright: Caroline Lessire


A Europe-wide project of the Goethe-Institut asks what is our freedom based on and what endangers it.

Freepost © Bernd Struckmeyer


Anti-liberal, nationalistic and populist movements are gathering momentum around the world.  Can democratic values be protected?

Zeitgeister © Johanna Benz

This Side of Populism

In global conversations between Budapest, Cairo, Brasilia, Nairobi, Moscow, Salzburg and Zurich we debate common narratives of populists in different countries: Has the “elite” really lost contact with the “people”? What does it really mean to take people’s fears seriously? What is hidden behind the phrase “You still have to be allowed to say that”?



Modern Life

Beyond the grey: a different way to live. Photo (detail): © picture alliance / dpa / Jens Wolf

Worth Living
Living Between Town and Country

How do we want to live? In view of skyrocketing rents and property prices in cities worldwide, this is not so easy to answer.

Fading Memroies - Key image © Goethe-Institut. Design: Heike Sinn

Fading Memories

Privacy and data ownership in the digital age.

Hackney Broadway Market © Geograph, Foto: Dr. Neil Clinton

Fabian Saul on Resistance
Traces of Resistance-A European story

With populism and nationalism on the rise, Fabian Saul takes to the streets of Europe in search of traces of resistance. His method of choice: Ambling

A woman plays badminton with her daughter Photo (detail): Svetlana Kerestely © Goethe-Institut

Summer in Germany

Summer in Germany means barbecuing by the river, relaxing in the garden and eating ice cream. But who works while we relax?


Spotify Playlist Teaserbild © Goethe-Institut

German Pop - Our Spotify Playlist!

Oldies, goldies, chart hits and rare gems - we are updating our Spotify playlist every month to satisfy your curiosity and awaken some more! Singing along misheard lyrics is highly recommended!

Golden Oldies Foto: © Magda Ehlers

European Songbook

The European Songbook is a collection of songs that people associate with Europe. As diverse and melodic as Europe itself are the songs and the inhabitants' views about their continent.

Dance and Theatre


#SouthKenGreenTrail: Green Interventions

Many people would like to emerge from the pandemic with a different attitude to nature - one that values repair and protection, and addresses global exploitation and destruction. We have launched a series of artworks and collaborations on this topic. 

Logo von Kultursymposium © Goethe-Institut

Kultursymposium Weimar

The Kultursymposium Weimar is a festival for new networks and ideas. Every two years, the Goethe-Institut invites over five hundred people from all over the world to come together in Weimar to attend the event. 

Young climate activists © Asuka Kähler / Geo Teslaru

November 2021| E-Mail Exchange

Two young climate activists exchange their views on different aspects of their engagement and give us an insight into their motivations and thoughts but also let us see their anger and frustration.

Talking Culture

Talking Culture is a platform for thought-provoking discussions about the future of Europe, the UK, and the world. For episode 7, Natalie Taylor, Urban Radicals and Adam Harris talk together about their "SouthKenGreenTrail" installations, which aimed to bring greener infrastructure and more sustainability to London.

Weather Glass or Crystal Ball? © Goethe-Institut, LABLAB

Mapping the Weather in Arts & Science

The project is an interdisciplinary research in the region of North-West Europe. Through hackathons, artistic research and a concluding symposium it explores the questions of how weather and climate change are experienced and how we communicate about them.