Located in Capitol Hill’s iconic Chophouse Row building, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is a temporary branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. Throughout 2021, we will be hosting and supporting an international program of exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, public discussions, and more.
Our goal is to present German culture in Seattle and help shape a current understanding of Germany today. Our program offers an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to contemporary German culture and society. We organize a broad range of events and support projects in the fields of film and new media, arts, theater and dance, music, literature, architecture, and more. The events take place in our space and at partner venues around Seattle. We collaborate with local artists, organizations, universities, and schools with an interest in Germany and its language and culture.
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Director: Arabelle Liepold
As the Managing Director of the Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Arabelle Liepold is excited to be working with artists and partners in Seattle and abroad to present an international program and help foster a cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Germany. Arabelle was born and raised in Bonn, Germany, and moved from Berlin to Seattle in 2014. She studied Literature, Art, and Film at the University of Konstanz and the University of Technology in Sydney (M.A.), and has worked in the cultural sector ever since. She is passionate about bringing people from different backgrounds together through arts and culture.
Program Curator: Martin Schwartz
Program Curator Martin Schwartz is energized to help connect the people of Seattle with contemporary German culture through art and ideas. He studied German, Drama, and Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and earned his MA from University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Pop Up team, Martin served as Manager of Institutional Relations at the Henry Art Gallery, and before that, led the Public Diplomacy and Cultural Affairs section at the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. Martin is additionally active as a playwright, with several produced and published plays.
Program Assistant: Kendra Berry
Kendra Berry is a student of Germanics at the University of Washington and helps out at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle. At the Pop Up, she is excited to promote international cooperation through culture and the arts. Kendra is a native Seattleite who returned to the area in 2017 after living in Germany for a few years. She most recently worked in the arts in Berlin, and she looks forward to working with both local and German artists!