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Together with the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, with support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the S. Fischer Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut announced at short notice in July an international aid fund for cultural institutions that contribute to ensuring pluralistic societies. Out of 440 applications submitted from 75 countries, 140 projects were accepted for funding. In Myanmar, the Wathann Film Festival 2020 and the Myanmar Contemporary Art Online Platform by Myanm/art were selected. The funded projects will run from September to December 2020. We congratulate the applicants!


Leipzig international art programme © Goethe-Institut

Pazifik - Leipzig

In collaboration with LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) the Goethe-Institute offers artists from Southeast Asia a three-month residency at the Art and Culture Centre Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei.

We will have been young © CCTang_Obscura

We will have been young

An exhibition on youth and future in Southeast Asia, is the result of the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass by Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse (Ostkreuz Photographers’ Agency) during the Obscura Festival of Photography 2016 and 2017 in Malaysia. Afterwards it travelled to Germany and Bangkok, then to Yangon.


Sound of X © Goethe-Institut / Photo: Benny Suhendra Panjaitan / Design: Groupe Dejour

Listen Closely
Sound of X

How can we reconnect with the spaces we live in, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? The artists of Sound of X propose answers as they explored their sonic environment. The resulting video soundscapes offer a unique experience of our cities.

Illustration of a woman and two men with colourful styles Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut's global cultural calendar

Kulturama brings international culture into your living room: house concerts live from Buenos Aires, puppet theatre from the kitchen or live acts from the Berlin club scene. Organizers enter their events and open them to international audiences. Spectators can find dates and support artists with donations. Together and in solidarity through this time.


Drawn picture; 2 people sit next to each other, inbetween them plays a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Time to listen

The current situation has forced many people around the world to stay at home and follow the news. In isolation they hear news of a global crisis and threat. As in Boccaccio's “Il Decamerone” and many other myths and books of other cultures, the description of the disaster is followed by stories.

The Goethe project Time to Listen presents a collection of stories - told by storytellers from all genres of art, from all over the world.

We have the time, let's listen and enjoy... And watch out for a storyteller from Bangalore!

Portrait of Anita Nair, Bangalore © Anita Nair

Anita Nair
Encounter with the smuggler

Since her childhood, her father has told her about his travels by train - on one of the shortest railway lines in India. But the narrator never manages to take the train herself. Until she finally gets the assignment of a travel journal - and a trip full of surprises begins, which ends with the encounter with a criminal out of necessity. Should the narrator report him?


Science Film Festival - Sustainable Development Goals © Science Film Festival

Sience Film Festival 2020

The Science Film Festival will take place online between 28 November and 10 December 2020. Please register here to receive the link to the films and the password that enables you to stream the films free of charge. 

Scene from the movie “Buddenbrooks”: The elaborate historical costumes were designed by Barbara Baum, who has been working as a costume designer in the film industry for about 50 years. Photo (detail): © picture alliance/Bavaria Film International/Everett Collection

Film production
Women Behind the Cinematic Scenes

While the public can recite the names of famous German actresses, the women behind the camera often go unrecognised. We introduce ten women from the German film scene everyone should know. 

Filming goes green: the ecological message of many films is now coming true behind the scenes. Photo (detail): © Adobe

A sustainable film industry
The show must go green

Many films and documentaries explore environmental issues or call for a more sustainable lifestyle. Is the industry living up to its own values though, and just how green is German film?

Promotion of Culture

Reconnect2021 ©Goethe-Institut Myanmar

Open Call
Reconnect 2021

A second round of the Goethe-Institut Myanmar’s RECONNECT Cultural recovery Fund is open now. The program supports visual artists, writers and poets, filmmakers, musicians, theatre and performance artists, cultural activists, and freelance researchers in the arts and cultural sectors. 

Residence Programs worldwide

With its residence programs, the Goethe-Institut would like to offer a "space for new perspectives" and every year invites artists and creators of culture to live and work for a while in a different country and culture.

Goethe-Institut Photo: Loredana La Rocca

Translation programme

The Goethe-Institut’s grant programme “Translations of German Books into Other Languages” supports non-German publishers in publishing German-language literature.