For many artists and intellectuals, spaces for dialogue and intercultural exchange are lost in countries where the Goethe-Institut has had to close its locations. Often, partners with whom the Goethe-Institut has worked in these places or who have visited the institute as language students or as an audience, have to leave the country themselves; connections that have grown over decades are cut, important initiatives cannot be continued.

To counteract these developments, the “Goethe-Institut in Exile” was created. Cultural workers who are no longer able to work in their own countries due to life-threatening circumstances, or who are only able to do so with difficulty, are to be given an opportunity through the project to continue to find a public for their work.

The Berlin Kunsthaus ACUD serves as a venue for the project with a cinema, theater, club, studio and gallery. The cultural program will focus on performances, film screenings, readings, concerts, discussions, workshops and networking events.

The first country focus of the multi-part project is Ukraine, beginning with an inaugural festival in October 2022, followed by Afghanistan in spring 2023, and then Syria and Belarus. In these places, Goethe-Instituts existed in lively exchange with the respective local cultural scene until their closure. Now this dialogue will be continued in Germany for as long as necessary and thus also be experienced by the public in this country.

In addition to country-specific projects, there will always be projects that address the community of all artists who have fled to Germany and their local audience. In addition to regular events at Kunsthaus ACUD, individual formats will also take place at other venues in Berlin and throughout Germany.

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