Tasks and Targets

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach.

We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for almost seventy years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

The Goethe-Institut in New Zealand

Goethe-Institut Neuseeland © Goethe-Institut Neuseeland Wherever possible and desirable the cultural programme in New Zealand is centred on exchange on a professional level. The topography of the country requires a decentralised approach i.e. cultural programmes are frequently organised in other regional centres, above all in Auckland, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin. 

The presentation of the contemporary German art and design scenes, of innovative and interactive tendencies in the German theatre and dance scene, of the current German film and media landscape and of the German cultural presence at important festivals takes centre stage.