What we do

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.

Goethe-Institut Singapore © Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut Singapore

The Goethe-Institut Singapore is open to everyone.

We value collaborative ways of engagement based on a strong sense of partnership and long term commitment with an interest in intercultural and transnational exchange.

Our language courses are suitable for people of all ages to study German at all levels. We certify German language proficiency with our exams programme. We offer teaching materials and further training for German teachers. As the world’s leading German language Institut we act as a consulting agency for companies, schools, universities and public institutions.

We promote and enable cultural exchange and international collaboration in the arts, bilaterally between Singapore and Germany and multilaterally between Germany, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Our programming covers contemporary practices in all areas of the arts. We value innovative, critical and experimental engagements beyond the mainstream and we recognise the diversity of perspectives as an added value. Our initiatives address contemporary issues, while acknowledging the important impact of the arts and culture on public discourse. Our current focus areas are How the New Emerges, Cultures of Equality and Ecology and Sustainable Development.

Our staff and partners value collaborative approaches to initiating and implementing projects. We engage in mutual dialogue throughout the process: from the initial idea to discussions about different types of events, the selection of artists, performers and speakers, funding, organisation and promotion.

Our events take place in German or English either at the Goethe-Institut, online or at our collaborators, depending on the target audience and form of collaboration.

Goethe-Institut Singapore Project Space © Goethe-Institut

What we believe in

Our activities and programme choices are based on the conviction that art and culture are valuable and meaningful in themselves.

We believe in artistic freedom, the intrinsic value of the arts, their non-utilitarian nature, their added value through their “surplus of meaning” and the important of the arts for social discourse. We believe that dialogue and different perspectives and opinions create value.

As part of the arts ecosystem in Singapore, we also recognise and respect the ways of being and modes of operation of the community in which we are based.