Afrikanische Kinder mit Deutschlandflagge Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/ dpa) The cultural ties between Germany and South Africa are diverse and lively. The principal institution for cultural exchange is the Goethe-Institut (GI), a regional institute for sub-Saharan Africa, located in Johannesburg. The cultural department of the German Embassy in Pretoria works closely with the Goethe Institute in organizing events such as the Cultural Weeks, performances by German artists or the alignment of training programs.

Another focus of German involvement in the cultural sector is an effort to maintain South Africa's cultural treasures. Here, the culture department works together with the South African Department of Arts and Culture and the National Archives.

In terms of contemporary art, Germany, via its Berlinale Talent Campus, is well positioned to assist in the coordination of the annual Durban Film Festival. In addition, Germany and South Africa have been linked by an agreement on joint productions in the film industry since 2005.

Zimbabwean poet Chirikure Chirikure

New series Literary Crossroads begins with "Poetry across Borders"

The Goethe Institute Johannesburg introduces a new series for 2015, Literary Crossroads. Its opening event, “Poetry Across Borders“ is on January 27 and will examine how new media and the Internet change presentation and recognition of poetry. Esteemed poets Chirikure Chirikure (Zimbabwe), TJ Dema (Botswana) and Alan Finlay (South Africa) are the invited guests.

The Goethe-Institut's 'Onleihe to go' (© Goethe-Institut)

Onleihe – Africa's digital German library

From the comfort of your home, under your warm blanket and with a hot cup of coffee or on a sunny beach somewhere, you can choose from a wide variety of German and English media, ranging from digital books, magazines and newspapers to audio files. No matter where you are in Africa, our free service is always accessible to you.


European Heritage Label

Under a new scheme beginning in 2013, sites that have played a significant role in European integration or stand for the ideals and history of Europe and the European Union will be eligible for the European Heritage Label. The scheme is intended to raise awareness of the European idea and European identity and is geared primarily to young people.


Ballett in der Staatsoper Berlin

Cultural Life in Germany

Besucher des Berliner Art Forum

The cultural life in Germany is very rich and exciting. Discover more about it !

IFA - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations

IFA - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa) is an organization operating worldwide to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between civil societies and to provide information about foreign cultural policy.