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Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:00 pm  |  Livestream

Artist residencies in cultural exchange

— Event in German language —

A symposium of the ADIR—Network of German International Artist Residency Programs

During the Covid-19 pandemic, residency programs for artists have proven to be very effective and viable structures for international cultural and knowledge exchange. Especially in this time of crisis, the enormous importance of international cooperation has become clear. As laboratories for a change of perspective, residency programs often serve as models for the question of how we want to live together.

Cultural and knowledge exchange thrives on polyphony and diversity. How can this be guaranteed in the long term? The presence of artists on site is indispensable for interactions in culture and society. How can the mobility of artists be preserved—even in times of crisis? What places are needed for social cohesion in times of upheaval, and how can residency programs contribute to this?

The Network of German International Residency Programs (ADIR) invites you to discuss the future of international artistic exchange after or during the pandemic with a digital symposium on June 23, 2021. What does local presence mean for cultural exchange and social understanding? What are the benefits of digital encounter formats, how much personal contact does international dialogue need? How do we maintain protected spaces for artistic-creative thinking, acting and research?

The digital symposium will be opened by Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut and an opening statement by Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office.


Claudia Roth MdB, Vice President of the German Bundestag and Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy.
Ursula Groden-Kranich MdB, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy
Deniz Utlu, writer and journalist, former fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude and Goethe-Institut
Sarah Farina, DJ and producer, Musicboard Berlin fellow in Detroit

moderated by the speakers of ADIR:

Elke aus dem Moore, Director of Akademie Schloss Solitude
Silvia Fehrmann, Director of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
Stefan Hilterhaus, Artistic Director of PACT Zollverein Essen

The ADIR brings together representatives of around 20 institutions active in Germany and abroad. Residency programs for artists, cultural workers, media makers and scientists enable creative processes, productions and a sustainable dialogue through a change of perspective. About the mission of ADIR and its members:

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