About the festival

Over three days, the Latitude digital festival presented artistic contributions and debates. The focus was on the effects colonial structures have on the present day and how to overcome them. The festival was recorded, you can watch contributions in the Media.
The extent to which global power structures influence our day-to-day activities and life within a community is made even more clearly apparent by crisis situations. What narrative do we apply with reference to the inequality between North and South? What do visions of a future fair internet look like? In what way does structural racism determine our present?

Using artistic and discursive projects initiated and supported by the Goethe-Institut in recent years as a starting point, the Latitude festival brought together international cultural, scientific and political perspectives, and reflecting on asymmetries and power relations that have continued since the colonial era.
The festival was organised into four themed areas: 

Economic inequality

Colonial structures are perpetuated in particularly visible forms through economic inequalities. The relationship between North and South tells a story of excess and scarcity, a lack of access to the market and dependence, as well as the dubious consequences of good intentions. What aesthetic strategies do artist use to put up resistance?

Global digital equality

Access to digital resources and daily internet use reflect colonial structures too. How can the digital revolution be organised fairly?

Dealing with cultural property

Experts are discussing the status quo and future of museums. What ethical and legal challenges do we face as a consequence of handling looted cultural heritage, and what potential for social change might come about through this discussion about museums?

Racism, identity and remembering

Artistic and discursive contributions question the meaning of colonial history, track down the suppressed stories in memory discourses, and highlight the way we handle racist structures in the present day.

The Goethe-Institut presented artworks, performances and concerts, discussions and debates via chat, as well as interviews streamed live or made available as video clips, from 4th – 6th June at the Latitude digital festival.
In cooperation with the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e. V. a supporting film programme was shown from 29th May to 12th June.
A pop-up radio channel broadcast in cooperation with reboot.fm, the radio station for free artists radio, as well as Radio Network Berlin, from 4th to 7th June.

Media partner: Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Deutschlandfunk Kultur was a media partner of the festival and contributed to the festival with two prominently positioned programmes: a call-in show on the subject of “Decolonise yourselves!” (Sat, 06.06.2020, 9:05 am) and a discussion about “digital participation.” (Fr, 05.06.2020, 6:05 pm).


Festival team

Programme Team
Dr. Wolf Iro, Carolin Nüser, Eliphas Nyamogo, Sima Reinisch, Alexandra Röhr, Regina Sarreiter, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, Dr. Andrea Zell

Online Editorial Team
Tatjana Brode, Eliphas Nyamogo, Linda Hügel, Dr. Elisa Jochum, Jakob Rondthaler, Regine Hader, Eva Fritsch, Miriam Steller, Patrick Schwanebeck, Elisabeth Gschwandtner, Antonie Habermas

Eventmanagement Berlin 
Daniel Göpfert, Carolin Nüser, Alexandra Röhr, Anne Morgenstern, Lin Franke, Marie Golenia, Anna Heinemann

Culture Department
Dr. Wolf Iro, Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, Sima Reinisch

Culture Department, Cultural Education and Discourse Section 
Dr. Andrea Zell

Culture Department, Visual Arts Section 
Regina Sarreiter

Culture Department, Film, Television, Radio, Section
Marc-André Schmachtel, Judith Schulde, Georg Milz, Nepomuk Zettl

Culture Department. Music Section 
Jörg Süßenbach, Nathalie Feldmann

Communications Department 
Viola Noll, Alexander Behrmann, Marie Kiewe, Alena Martens, Marcus Sporkmann, Laura Knödlseder  

Marketing and Distribution 
Franz Harner, Constanze Weber

External Editor 
Lisa Mayerhöfer

Digital agency 3pc
Katja Teich, Dennis Hartmann, Nils Tobela, Fatbardh Tafaj, Amelle Said-Saleh

Lilian-Astrid Geese, Tanja Barbian, Catherine Gay, Fernanda Amâncio

The digital Latitude Festival brings together the diverse approaches and initiatives of the Goethe-Institut's work worldwide in the field of post-colonialism and decolonisation. On behalf of all colleagues involved, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people and their teams.

Goethe-Institut Rio de Janeiro
Robin Mallick

Goethe-Institut São Paulo
Julian Fuchs, Yara Schöler Castanheira

Goethe-Institut Windhoek
Daniel Stoevesandt, Isabel Tueumuna Katjavivi

Goethe-Institut Neu Delhi
Dr. Leonhard Emmerling
Goethe-Institut Johannesburg
Dr. Asma Diakité, Stefanie Kastner 
Goethe-Institut Lissabon
Susanne Sporrer, Teresa Althen
Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia
Manfred Stoffl, Maria Fiedler, Leonel Henckes
Goethe-Institut Dar es Salaam
Frank Werner, Daniel Sempeho
Goethe-Institut Kigali
Katharina Hey
Goethe-Institut Rom
Dr. Joachim Bernauer
Goethe-Institut Athen
Dr. Stefanie Peter
Goethe-Institut Côte d'Ivoire
Rainer Hauswirth
Goethe-Institut Burkina Faso
Carolin Christgau