African Futures Festival Photo: Goethe-Institut/Lerato Maduna

African Futures

From Lagos to Nairobi to Johannesburg, the continent is giving answers to global questions of the future. What might various African futures look like? How do artists and academics imagine this future? And what forms and narratives of science fiction have African artists developed?

Humboldt Forum Workshop Johannesburg, Februar 2016 Photo: Goethe-Institut / Benjamin Keuffel


Decolonization is a hotly contested topic in South Africa and beyond. How does colonialism still shape our society and daily lives? And how are these discussions reflected in the arts and culture?

Africa Junctions Africa Junctions © Lard Buurman

Urbanism and Architecture

Africa is experiencing steady urbanisation, with over half of the continent’s population already living in cities. Phenomenons such as global warming, migration, demographic change and informality beg the question of who creates the city and shapes its future. How can investors, architects, urban planners, residents and informal settlers work together to build cities that are sustainable and serve their inhabitants?

Zanele Muholi Header Zanele Muholi exhibition © Goethe-Institut/Lerato Maduna


In a worldwide focus on the theme of participation, the Goethe-Institut looks at topics ranging from questions around ownership of the public space to emancipatory movements and regulation of our communication.

The Last Supper performance by Gina Kraft © Palesa Motsomi / Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

5 Questions

Meet some of the people that we're working with – short, sweet and to the point.

za Magazin - 20 Jahre Demokratie © Eli Weinberg, Crowd near the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial, Johannesburg, December 19, 1956. Times Media Collection, Museum Africa, Johannesburg

20 years of democracy

2014 was a special year for South Africa: not only did the country celebrate 20 years of democracy, but it was also an election year.