A Space for Discussion and Exchange

In countries where the Goethe-Institut and other international cultural institutions have had to close their locations due to wars or censorship, many artists and intellectuals have lost spaces for dissent, dialogue and intercultural exchange. Goethe-Institut in Exile is a meeting place, safe space and stage for cultural professionals who can no longer work in their home country.

Goethe-Institut im Exil - Key Visual © Goethe-Institut


Afghan Art and Culture at the Goethe-Institut in Exile

The Goethe-Institut in Exile opened the country focus Afghanistan with a three-day festival (30.6.-2.7.2023). After the festival, performances, readings, concerts, but also discussions, workshops and film screenings are planned until the end of the year. The programme aims to strengthen the country's art and culture, and especially to support women and minorities. Thus, on the one hand, the Goethe-Institut in Exile relies on the experience and expertise of partners from Afghanistan and, on the other hand, works to create new networks and connections for the German-Afghan cultural exchange and to maintain spaces for discourse.

Goethe-Institut im Exil Key Visual Afghanistan © Goethe-Institut im Exil

Festival impressions and recordings in the media library

In review: In October 2022, the Goethe-Institut in Exile project opened with a festival focusing on Ukraine. At the beginning of 2023, an event series on Iran took place due to the current protests. At the end of June, the new country focus Afghanistan started with a festival. Selected content is now available in our media library. Here you will find panel recordings, festival reports, interviews, radio program and our highlights in pictures.

A room filled with an audience and a panel discussion can be seen. Colorful children's pictures hang on the walls. © Goethe-Institut

About the project

For two years, Goethe-Institut in Exile will offer creative artists who, due to life-threatening circumstances, are no longer able to work in their own countries, or only with difficulty, a stage as well as a place for discussion and exchange. Learn more about the project:

  • Front entrance of the Kunsthaus ACUD Berlin
  • A member of the AK13 group leans toward the microphone during a radio interview.
  • Artist Kabir Mokamel works standing on a colorful street art piece.
  • Filmstill Voices
  • Artist Shir Khan Ahmadzai blows up a red balloon as children watch him.
  • Bild Stus Passerby

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