60 Years Goethe-Institut London

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A lot happened in the 1960s: Beatlemania was taking over, skirts were getting shorter, hair was getting longer, and flares were getting wider.

In 1962, the Goethe-Institut London opened its doors in South Kensington to become the first home for Germany’s cultural institute in the UK. Since then, we’ve grown to become the hub of ideas, support, education and exchange that exists today - building a community of cultural collaborators and forging innovative connections along the way.

Much like the fashion trends, our role and our work has continued to shift and adapt. As we celebrate our past, we’re already thinking about our future – what will the next 60 years look like for the Goethe-Institut London?

Anniversary Events

To mark our anniversary, we have a full programme of special events that will feature a variety of voices, ideas and opportunities, to allow you to also share your stories with us. We look forward to welcoming you!

Goethe Annual Lectures 2022

As part of the Goethe-Institut London's 60th anniversary, we are celebrating with 3 Goethe Annual Lectures this year featuring author Mithu Sanyal, professor Mercedes Bunz and musician Matthew Herbert.