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Wunderbar Together

From October 2018 until the end of 2019, Germany and its deep ties to the U.S. will be on display all across the United States. The campaign Wunderbar Together (“Deutschlandjahr USA”/The Year of German-American Friendship) will travel across the entire U.S., bringing with it a collection of events and exhibits revolving around business and industry, politics, education, culture, and science, to highlight the unique importance of transatlantic relations.

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Projects of the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut will contribute to Wunderbar Together with a variety of multifaceted projects.

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Wiesn in a Box

Oktoberfest in your own neighborhood! Three mobile beer gardens are touring the States celebrating Bavarian beer and friendship. Click here for the tour’s map, music, and more!

The Big Pond – A US-German Listening Series .

The Big Pond

Over the next year, we will produce up to 50 podcasts on a wide variety of topics – our aim is to draft a many-sided portrayal of life in Germany and in the US.

Wunderbar. A celebration of German film © Kanopy

Celebrating German Film

We are celebrating German film with our collection of 48 streamable German movies. Our carefully curated list includes blockbusters, cult films, and everything in between – for free.

Bauhaus & The US

100 Years of Bauhaus

As a part of the Year of German-American Friendship, the Goethe-Institut is celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus. Here you’ll find a timeline of Bauhaus history in the U.S., articles on members who immigrated to North America, a list of upcoming events for 2019 and general information on the Bauhaus movement.

Girl with magnifying glass Fotocredit: Getty Images/Paul Bradbury


The WanderbUS is coming to the US! Starting in March of 2019 our team of education professionals will visit 60 schools and universities all across America. We will bring fun games, opportunities to learn German and to learn about German culture to a school near you.

Slogan of the Sustainability Summit: Water, Energy, Climate, Consumption © Goethe-Institut

Sustainability Summit

How do we want to live 20 years from now? Learn about issues of sustainability and how to connect them with German as a foreign language and STEM at our 3-day Sustainability Summit 2019 in Chicago.

Mit Deutsch weißt du mehr! © Goethe-Institut / Kids Interactive

Digital Kinderuniversity

The digital kinderuniversity is a brand new, completely free, and entirely online-based program. Students will learn German while watching fun videos about science experiments. Enjoy!

Books First Cover © Goethe-Institut

Books first

The Goethe-Institut is bringing German-language literature to a US audience through a series of literary events and author talks. Publishers are encouraged to apply for translation grants to make their favorite German books accessible to English-speakers.


Transatlantic Outreach Program

TOP provides social studies and STEM educators throughout North America with classroom resources, study tours, and up-to-date information about contemporary Germany.

Bundesliga Total © Goethe Institut

Totally Bundesliga

In this exciting contest, students can put their knowledge about soccer in Germany to the test. The grand prize is a trip to a Bundesliga match in Germany!

Germany Land of Inventors © Xavier Gallego Morel: fotolia.com

Land of Inventors Germany

Cars, televisions, computers – German inventions have changed the world we live in. The “Land of Inventors Germany” exhibition is traveling across the US, showcasing inventions that have improved our daily lives – and continue to do so. Admission is free.

Berlin Step Into German

Award of Excellence

Every year, students compete for a grand prize by watching a video on a new aspect of German life and taking a quiz. A fantastic, three-week journey awaits our lucky winners: an all-expenses-paid, chaperoned trip to Germany!

Goethe Pop Up

The Goethe-Institut is running four Pop Ups in Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Seattle during the “Year of German-American Friendship”. Examples of Goethe-Institut's projects and work will be demonstrated at these locations. The purpose of these Pop Ups is to unite cultural forces and local civil society and organize events.

Minneapolis Skyway System

Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis

Disruptions, Interruptions, Misruptions, Soundruptions – the Pop Up in Minneapolis offers a year-long program of artistic actions, interventions, and manifestations in public, semi-public, and private space.

Goethe Pop Up Houston © iStock

Goethe Pop Up Houston

The Pop Up in Houston will host and support cultural and social events throughout the city with the aim of bringing a wider understanding of the deep cultural ties between Germany and the USA.

Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Goethe Pop up Seattle

The Pop Up in Seattle will stage a variety of events – such as art exhibits, film screenings, lectures, and panel discussions revolving around culture, education, and business. 

Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

The Pop Up in Kansas City presents events about German culture and language: film showings, art exhibitions, concerts, performances, readings, a language club and teacher trainings are planned.

Aims and Partners

Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 (“Deutschlandjahr USA”) is an initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) with the goal of presenting today’s Germany to people across the entire U.S.

Wunderbar Together will showcase how closely the two countries are linked by heritage, common values, and shared interests, illustrating how a brighter future is possible if we tackle global challenges together through focusing on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people.

The campaign aims to convey a multifaceted, modern image of Germany in the U.S. All areas relevant to society – from business and industry, politics, education, culture, science, civil society, to sports – will be explored. Significant visibility will be achieved by consolidating activities and stakeholders, as well as through public, high-profile formats and targeted media efforts.

Germany and the U.S. are connected through a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. Wunderbar together, the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19, builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue.

Submit a Project

Would you like your idea to be a part of Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/19? Maybe in the form of a concert in Des Moines, a conference on climate change in Los Angeles, a trade show on German engineering in Birmingham, or an exhibit to be displayed during our planned Pop-Up Tour? There are no limits to your creativity – whether a workshop or a performance, a speaker series or an exhibit, we welcome any and all project proposals that inspire dialogue and exchange.

Anyone can apply, either as part of an institution, company, or as an individual.
Project proposals that are already fully financed may be submitted through the online application portal.
Click here to apply online If you would like a comprehensive overview of the application for the purpose of planning your application please click the PDF link below. Keep in mind that only applications completed through the online application system will be considered.
Companies interested in being a Deutschlandjahr sponsor should directly contact Marie-Christine Knop (m.c.knop@ifg.bdi.eu) at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin.

The Deutschlandjahr campaign will last approximately one year starting in October 2018.

Projects can take place from October 2018 through fall 2019.
The primary focus of projects should be inside the US, however projects with elements that take place in Germany will also be considered.
The implementation of the project is the sole responsibility of the applicant or applicant organization. Please list any personnel costs necessary for implementation in the budget section of your application, under Honoraria.
The project applicant assumes all liability for personal injury and property damage of any kind resulting from the planning and implementation of the submitted project.
Yes, you are welcome to submit visual or video content as a PDF or a link within the application.
However, while sharing visual/video content can be a useful tool to convey aspects of your project, your written application should be able to stand on its own.
Unfortunately, changes cannot be made to applications once projects are fully submitted. If changes are necessary, please contact Team Deutschlandjahr (deutschland-usa@goethe.de or 1-202-851-3300), who can delete your original application and to allow for revised submissions.


If you have any further questions, the Deutschlandjahr team is happy to offer support.

+1 (202) 851-3300

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