Living Culture

We foster bilateral cultural exchange programs between Germany and New Zealand. We initiate film series, exhibitions, concerts, seminars and festivals, always with the goal to facilitate artistic production, reception and reflection involving actors from both countries.


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.

#Nucleus - Teaser © MINA

#Nucleus: Short Film Competition

The environment and sustainability in smartphone films. Short film competition for smartphone films from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Tour Total, Berlin Christine Müller, picture alliance/Westend61

ARCHlab – Architecture in the 21st Century

In short video portraits, international architects talk about a building designed and realised by them. They keep asking themselves the question: How do we live and work in the future? Our video series ARCHlab shows the answers architects have found to questions like these.

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...

Filmstills, German Film Festival © Aliocha Merker © Warner Bros Entertainment © Peter Hartwig/ Pandora Film

German Film Festival

The 11th German Film Festival took place from 22 August until 15 September 2019. Discover and enjoy new film productions from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

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?

Future Perfect

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

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.             

Manja and Ricarda in the record studio © Goethe-Institut

'Goethe on Air': the cultural radio show of the Goethe-Institut New Zealand

In November 2015, the Goethe-Institut New Zealand went on air with its cultural radio show  'Goethe on Air' at Access Radio (783am). 
Now it appears monthly with different interesting topics each time.

Mein Ort Intro © Goethe-Institut

My place in Germany

Is there a place in Germany that is special to you? We're looking for park benches, crossroads, districts, cities, landscapes or any other places in Germany big or small that turned into "your" place because of their atmosphere, architecture or personal history.