One person from Germany and one from Ghana are invited to conduct a moderated discussion. While the Ghanaian discussion partner and the audience sit on the balcony of the institute, the discussion partner from Germany is usually connected via video. Furthermore, the discussion will be streamed live on our social media channels, so that interested people can also join from home.
The series is called "BLIND Dates" because the discussion partners do not know each other beforehand and are supposed to spontaneously engage with each other's perspectives. At the beginning of the conversation, both sides give a prepared statement of about 5 minutes, on which the other person then comments. Afterwards, the moderator Elizabeth Johnson will lead the discussion. She is a Ghanaian and works as a writer, author and cultural activist. In the cultural scene, she is best known for her work with the Writers Project of Ghana (WPG), the Pa Gya! literary festival, and Oroko Radio.
The aim of the Blind Dates is to promote mutual understanding and exchange between Ghana and Germany, to foster a multi-perspective dialogue at eye level and to explore new avenues in joint cultural work. Of course, one person cannot speak for an entire country. Therefore, the interlocutors represent not so much an entire country, but rather their own point of view, which is in turn influenced by the given culture. Elizabeth Johnson pays attention to a balanced participation, teases out differences and similarities out from the conversation partners, mediates between them and encourages the audience to think along, actively involving them for the most differentiated opinion poll possible..
According to the the motto "Lets talk about..." we have so far had conversations on the following topics below.
Past conversations are available on our Instagram channel GI Ghana Instagram page
You are cordially invited to join us on the next Blind Dates either on site at the Goethe-Institut Ghana or via live stream.