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Portraits of Indians in Germany
Home Away From Home

Indian presence can be felt throughout Germany — be it the tantalizing scent of Indian cuisine permeating the air or the sight of Indian students making their way to universities. But what draws Indians to Germany, and what keeps them there? In this dossier, we explore personal stories and experiences of Indians living in Germany, including navigating cultural differences and finding success in their careers, revealing the unique challenges and rewards of living as an Indian in Germany.


Simurgh Centre Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Simurgh Centre

The Simurgh Centre is a cultural space for collaborations and conversations between Afghan, German, and Indian artists. We seek to support, explore and share the work of Afghans, mostly those living in Delhi, and create connections with audiences and discourse across the world.

City Contours © Tobias Schrank

German City Portraits

German cities are as diverse as the landscape that surrounds them. In a series of city portraits, we embark on a journey through Goethe's homeland. Our authors have taken a close look at things small and large which make their cities so unique and lovable.

M.A.P // A.M.P © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

M.A.P // A.M.P

The project captures, documents, explores and invites music, poetry, research and discourse on the intersections of music and activism in South Asia.

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The project aims to discuss current visions of masculinity across the gender spectrum in India and Bangladesh through various cultural and educational activities.​

Freedom © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan


Commemorating 75 years of India's independence with 75 contributions, Freedom brings together artists, authors and thinkers from India and Germany to explore what freedom means to individuals and societies in a modern democracy.

Illustration: Proximity and Distance Photo (detail): © Nadine Shaabana

Lockdown Lessons: Proximity and Distance

In ways we never imagined a virus now compels the world to keep its distance and regulates the closeness we are allowed to have with others. What happens with us when cultural practices of proximity are so fundamentally questioned?


How do we innovate and make progress? Our answer: often by mistake. We’re celebrating mistakes and their innovative power in this magazine: a collection of both big and little mistakes in art, language, technology, and society.

Once Upon a Tomorrow

Once Upon a Tomorrow

Once Upon a Tomorrow brings together narrative experts to think, explore, prototype — and imagine new modes of narrative change that lead to collective action of hope. 

A television photographed in 2006, still from “Germany’s Most Beautiful Railways” Photo: Goethe-Institut


The earth rotates, everything is in constant motion, change is a necessity. It’s high time for a magazine dedicated to stillness: a collection of pieces from international artists and writers in homage to standstills and their poetic beauty.

2021 International women’s day graffiti Photo (detail): Jordi Boixareu © ZUMAPRESS.com


What are the vital issues that women and feminists in South Asia and 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.

Free Love (detail): Reevu Wangdi / Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

Being Queer
Queer Identities

What does it mean to be queer today? Where is queer seen? Who is queer? A brief journey through queer everyday life in India and Germany.

Living together in town and country Grafik: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut


How do we want to live? In view of skyrocketing rents and property prices in cities worldwide, this is not so easy to answer. Ideas from the past, present and for the future help with solutions.

Inherited Memories Slider © Goethe-Institut

Inherited Memories

Three generations have passed since the Partition of Bengal. Inherited Memories focuses on memories of the third generation post-partition, how it affects millions of people still today, shapes their minds and views of "the other Bengal" and what role the culture of memory plays in coming to terms with the passed on traumata.

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