Goethe-Institut – 70 years of cultural exchanges | Arts.21 – The Cultural Magazine | DW


We look back on its 70-year history, hear from its new president and present three exceptional cultural ambassadors.

Inaugural Visit to Cameroon

The new president of the Goethe-Institut, Carola Lentz, has been in office for a year. Her first big trip abroad took her to Douala and Yaoundé to celebrate the 60 years of the institute in Cameroon. A visit between diplomacy and cultural exchange.

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From language teaching to the cultural institute

Can poetry heal the wounds of history? This is what the Goethe-Institut dared to believe. First with language lessons and German songs, then with intercultural dialogue. Historical overview: from the 1950s to the major challenges of today.

Goethe-Medaille 2021 Preisträger |  Toshio Hosokawa

Connect through sound art

A mix of Zen and avant-garde Buddhism. Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa combines traditional music from his country with Western styles to create his own unique sound. This earned him a 2021 Goethe Medal.

Preisträger * Innen Goethe-Medaille 2021 |  Wen hui

The body as an archive of memory

Documentary filmmaker, dancer, choreographer and recipient of the 2021 Goethe Medal, Wen Hui is considered a pioneer of contemporary Chinese dance. His multimedia performances explore China’s past and present.

Verleihung Goethe-Medal |  Marilyn Douala Maga Bell

Colonialism and the culture of remembrance

Cultural ambassador, warrior of the culture of remembrance and recipient of the Goethe medal 2021. Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell is the great-granddaughter of Rudolf Douala Manga Bell, once king of the Douala people of Cameroon and famous resistance fighter.

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