Khartoum-based research studio The Urban Episode during the Goethe-Institut Sudan's virtual artist residency “Sudan Moves.” Phto: Goethe-Institut Sudan

Our vision

The Arbeitskreis Deutscher Internationaler Residenzprogramme (short: ADIR, i.e.: Working Group of German International Residency Programmes) brings together over 20 cultural institutions that are active in Germany and elsewhere in the world. They share the same vision. 

We provide spaces for artistic and creative thought, activity and research pursuits. This can stimulate ideas for social change – both in the societies from which the artists originate and in the societies of their residency. We make a significant contribution to the internationalisation of personal networks, everyday life and the institutions themselves. 

We support outstanding artistic, cultural and scientific positions, facilitate exchange, co-creation and experimentation and we allow new things to emerge. This makes us key players in sustainable cultural policies and we build trust in the importance of collaboration.

We connect international scholars with local communities – in urban and rural spaces, in Germany and elsewhere in the world. This creates strong networks and forges long-lasting relationships. 

In the age of acceleration, we offer artists valuable spaces where they can explore their creative potential and focus more intensively on their artistic practices.​​​​​​​

We create spaces for encounters with local communities and allow contemporary art practices to be experienced.

We focus on the ethics of hospitality in our work. 

We see it as our duty to create spaces that are free of discrimination and abuse. We take a firm stand against nationalist and racial discrimination.

We offer a safe space to artists, creative professionals, media makers and scientists whose freedom of creative expression, scientific inquiry and thought and expression are at risk. 

We invite our scholars to create learning processes that question information hierarchies, discuss inequalities and privileges and inspire alternative concepts for the future.


We create a differentiated cultural infrastructure that allows non-formal education and mutual learning processes – for scholarship holders, the societies from which they originate and their host societies.