Alphabet Zoo Exhibition at GoetheonMain Photo: Masimba Sasa / Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Explore Culture

We promote cultural exchange between Germany and South Africa. We initiate film series, exhibitions, concerts, seminars and festivals which involve bilateral artistic production, reception and reflection.

Every Gamer Counts © Goethe-Institut


A gaming project of the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg that promotes diversity and equality in and with the gaming industry. 
To register for the programme please follow the link.


Power Talks

Power Talks

A space for conversation about the nuanced forms, dynamics and functions of power in creative and cultural sectors in South Africa.

Nkosi Sikelel © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Nkosi Sikelel

Nkosi Sikelel is a project initiated by Isaac Zavale and Huston Wilson. The visual intervention focuses quite literally on the famous phrase, its various translations, as well as the style of mural text that has come to be associated with township commerce and spaces of consumption.

Mogau's Kingdom © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Mogau's Kingdom

This free, fun, engaging edutainment game gets young children excited about reading.

Reuben T. Caluza - The B-Side © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Reuben T. Caluza - The B-Side

A new digital album celebrating the work and legacy of one of South Africa’s most accomplished composers from the 1920s and ’30s era.

Ingoma Series © Alex Productions

The Ingoma Series

The INGOMA SERIES is a collection of musical arrangements, by popular South African musicians, written specifically for children.

Museum Futures © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Museum Futures

MuseumFutures Africa is a Pan-African project established to support the conceptual development of museums throughout the African continent.

Projekt Bücherkiste © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

"African Worlds" Book boxes

The book box "African Worlds" is a literary canon of diverse books within which the protagonists are from Africa and which experience and master exciting adventures in their countries.

Hack UR Culture © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Hack Ur Culture - Hackathon

“Hack Ur Culture” is a platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts to bring about collaborations and innovations from open cultural data.

Archive of Forgetfulness © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Archive of Forgetfulness

The online exhibition Archive of Forgetfulness is an archive of mobility, infrastructure and story-telling; it holds together acts of remembering, collecting and gathering stories often untold. 

MLiteracy © Derek Moore


The mLiteracy project intends to promote information literacy and digital fluency via mobile devices.

Outreach Foundation 2020 © Earl Abrahams

Outreach Foundation Manual realised through
the International Relief Fund

In 2020, the Outreach Foundation, based in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, received a grant from the International Relief Fund of the Goethe-Institut, the German Federal Foreign Office and other foundations and cultural intermediary organisations. 

Feminism ya Mang, Yethu, Yani © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Learning Feminism

We offer a process of asking whose feminism? What feminism? Why feminism? The process seeks to pay tribute/homage to women seen and unseen, those remembered and those forgotten.

Library Jams © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg


Three artists perform short concerts in front of a small, select audience in the Goethe-Institut’s library, while their performances are recorded and then later released in a video series. 

Sustainable Together Logo © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Sustainable Together

'Sustainable Together' is a regional project that focuses on sustainability and civil society initiatives that seek to make an impactful contribution to improving (local) environment.

Silent Book Club © Getty-Images

Silent Book Club

Silent Book club is about meeting other like-minded readers, chatting about what other people are reading and then reading together in companionable silence.

Virtually Yours Banner © Goethe-Institut

Virtually Yours - Contemporary African Literature

Virtual Gatherings is a series of online discussions with honoured author Zukiswa Wanner, through which she explores contemporary African literature with authors.

Decolonise the Internet Banner © Lungi Molefe/Goethe-Institut

Decolonise the Internet

"Decolonise The Internet" questions inequality in the world wide web and highlights how algorhythms aggravate racisms. The regional project aims to increase knowledge and visibility for African and Womxn issues on the web.

Cav' Logo © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Cav' Creative Economies

Cav’ Creative Economies is a Goethe-Institut initiative that comprises the two projects Cav’ Platform and Cav’ Township. 

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) is a multi-disciplinary roving project space that follows on GoetheOnMain, which was based at Arts On Main in Johannesburg from May 2009 to November 2016. 

Training for the Future © Training for the Future

Training for the Future

Training for the Future is a utopian training camp where audiences are turned into trainees to pre-enact alternative scenarios and reclaim the means of production of the future.

The Journey zugeschnitten © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

The Journey

The Journey | New Positions in African Photography documents the collaborations between 17 young African photographers and their mentors – international curators and practitioners.

Die A Maze Train Jam 2019 Teilnehmer vor dem Zug © Hankyeol Lee

A Maze Train Jam

A flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes a good two hours. A train ride? At least 27 hours, without air conditioning. Why would anyone want to do that, especially in South African summer?

Pop-Up Drive-In © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Pop-Up Drive-In

The Goethe-Institut is happy to play a role in the revival of the Drive-In cinema, and proud to introduce four groundbreaking recent films from the African continent.

Science Film Festival

Science Film Festival

The Science Film Festival promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the screening of film content with accompanying educational activities.

#GoetheSounds © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg


Our #GoetheSounds series is all about the love for music! Every week, one staff member talks about their favorite music and what it means for them.

Goethe at Home © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg


Our #GoetheAtHome series is all about the people! Every week, one staff member has a portrait made and talks about their work at the Goethe and what is going on with them right now. 

IDO 2020 Werbebanner © Goethe-Institut

IDO 2020 - International German Olympics

150 Deutschlerner*innen im Alter von 14 bis 17 Jahren qualifizieren sich in nationalen Vorentscheiden in über 75 Teilnahmeländern und werden aus allen fünf Kontinenten nach Deutschland reisen. 

Latitude Festival © EL BOUM

Latitude Festival

From June 4the until 6the, the digital Latitude festival presented a programme of artistic contributions and debates, exploring the question of how colonial structures impact the present and how we can overcome them.

Various people at different stages of life and age. Grafik: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Family Matters

The Family Matters project explores various aspects of the social family unit in seven African countries.

Die A Maze Train Jam 2019 Teilnehmer vor dem Zug © Hankyeol Lee

Amaze Train Jam

A flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town takes a good two hours. A train ride? At least 27 hours, without air conditioning. Why would anyone want to do that, especially in South African summer?

Henrike Grohs Award © Art: Ferdinand Makouvia , Photo: Excerpt of a photo by Peter Houston

Henrike Grohs Prize for African Artists

The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a roving biennial art prize conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family in memory of the former Head of Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs.

Edition Covers of the upcoming anthology book Foto: © Ouida Books

Water Birds on the Lake Shore

The Goethe-Institut is proud to present the release of the long-awaited Afro Young Adult anthology, titled “Water Birds on the Lake Shore: An Anthology of African Young-Adult Fiction”.

New dimensions - Virtual Reality Africa © Photo : Goethe-Institut/Lerato Maduna

New Dimensions – Virtual Reality Africa

Electric South and the Goethe-Institut present „New Dimensions – Virtual Reality Africa“, a selection of Virtual Reality (VR) productions from Kenya, Senegal and Ghana.  

Triggerfish Academy – Taking African Voices to the World Foto: Triggerfish Academy

Triggerfish Academy – Taking African Voices to the World

Triggerfish Academy, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Johannesburg has launched "Unboxing Animation", a free digital learning platform for aspiring African animators.

Music In Africa © Jabu Nkosi

Music in Africa

Music In Africa is an information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector.