Kinofest 2023 ©Goethe-Institut /

Kinofest 2023

We are screening from 17.-26. November a curated film program at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The films explore themes of migration, connection, and interconnection, offering a nuanced and multifaceted view of German society.

Goethe on Demand (Key Visual): Scene from the film "The Ordinaries". © Bandenfilm

Goethe on Demand

On Goethe on Demand, the streaming platform of the Goethe-Institut, we present a variety of online film programs, film festivals and film series that can be streamed from home. They are accessible online and free of charge after registration.

LE MONDE diplomatique © LE MONDE diplomatique

Le Monde diplomatique – The comic page

This unique comic exhibition, curated by Karoline Bofinger, features the comics of 50 German artists and one work of the New Zealand artist Tim Gibson. 

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

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.

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 this isolation they hear the 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 project “Time to listen” presents a collection of stories - told by storytellers from all genres of art, from all over the world.

Lifeswap Lockdown Diaries -Banner © Steffen Kreft

Lifeswap - The Lockdown Diaries

Our favourite animated comic duo, Duncan and Jörg from Lifeswap, are back just when we need them. In his first week of coronavirus lockdown in Germany, Duncan has been using his days indoors to video-document his latest hilarious musings on the German language and culture, and he needs a, literally, captive audience.

Illustration of a forest with animals © Goethe-Institut

Sustainable Tourism

Berlin writer Beatrice introduces us to sustainable tourism initiatives, guided tours and encounters in Germany while Kiwi blogger Jub reports which initiatives there are in New Zealand that support sustainable tourism.

Illustration of a harbour. On the left is a sail boot. People are eating in a restaurant. In the background you can see buildings of harbour cities in Germany and New Zealand. © Goethe-Institut

Culinary Harbour Cities

From roof-top restaurant beehives to indoor farming, long-line fishing and coffee labs: monthly dispatches from New Zealand and Germany focusing on what makes culinary harbour cities such as Hamburg, Auckland and Wellington distinct.

New Zealand as seen from the International Space Station in 2014 © NASA

New Music, New Zealand

Aotearoa-New Zealand. Kiwis making music in and beyond this island nation in the 21st century. This thematic dossier explores the newest electronic and experimental music of Aotearoa-New Zealand, and the history and traditions that underpin it.

Living language © Goethe-Institut Neuseeland

Living language

Features, interviews, podcasts and a monthly blog exploring how learning a new language opens up worlds of possibilities, changes your outlook - and boosts your brain! Life is more interesting in more than one language. Find out more here...

Future Perfect

The Goethe-Institut and the foundation FUTURZWEI collect stories for tomorrow – lived today, everywhere.             

Freepost © Bernd Struckmeyer


Anti-liberal, nationalistic movements are gaining in strength around the world. Why are populist tendencies on the rise? How can the values of democracy be protected?

Lifeswap © Goethe-Institut


Lifeswap is a series of animated Skype chats between Jörg from Germany and Duncan from New Zealand. Facing their respective quarter life crises, they decided it was time for a change.