Memorial to honour Gebran Tueni, Lebanese journalist who was killed in 2005. photo © ifa/Pfordte


From Amnesty to Amnesia

ifa | "In Lebanon, repression has become a permanent state of mind," says the journalist and Orientalist Monika Borgmann. With the archive "UMAM Documentation & Research", founded in 2004, she attempts to fill the gaps in the country's collective memory. In her latest documentary "Tadmor", former Lebanese detainees break their silence. The theatrical release at different cinemas in Switzerland starts on 9 March 2017.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte

Eustaquio Santimano (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr

Culture Report, EUNIC Yearbook

Ukraine goes into extra time

The cities that hosted Euro 2012 are currently at war, despite the ceasefire. There is now fighting in places where the ideals of friendship between peoples were once celebrated. Hopes that Ukraine could move a step closer to central Europe by hosting this mega sports event in conjunction with Poland have been shattered. What remains? Writer and football fan Serhij Zhadan reports from a war-weary country on the outer edges of Europe.
By Serhij Zhadan

[] Foto: Hala Elkoussy, My Cairo, edition esefeld & traub, 2014


"There’s nothing left of the euphoria on Tahrir Square"

"MYCAI – My Cairo" is the title of the book published by Jörg Armbruster in late 2014 with the Syrian, German-speaking writer Suleman Taufiq. On the occasion of the book launch in the ifa Gallery in Stuttgart, we spoke with him about his Cairo, the "Arab Spring" and his long-standing work as ARD foreign correspondent for the Middle East.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte

Poster in the Palestinian refugee camp Burj Al Barjneh; © photo: ifa / Grassmann


Creating perspectives and space to grow – cultural projects in Lebanese refugee camps

ifa | Leila Mousa, ifa expert for the 'Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy in refugee camps' research project.
Interview by Dorothea Grassmann

Gabriele Fangi, Wissam Wahbeh: Große Moschee in Aleppo (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Reconstruction of Aleppo

"Others destroy and we rebuild"

The battle-torn city of Aleppo lies in ruins. Nonetheless, former residents of the city and experts located in Budapest are already working towards the reconstruction of the 5000 year old metropolis.
By Iris Mostegel

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Higher education in Tunisia

The vestiges of spring | The Arab Spring started in Tunisia, five years ago. Led by students, the people toppled their leader. How are Tunisia’s young people doing today? A tour of the universities in Tunis.

By Arnfrid Schenk

Catalogue of the ifa-Library

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G7 culture ministers in Florenz

"Culture as an instrument for dialogue between nations" is the motto of the first G7 culture summit.

ifa/Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism | 29.03.2017

Agents from civil society have gained increasing recognition as peacekeeping forces in crisis regions. The concept of multilevel diplomacy and two UN resolutions on a Culture of Peace seek to influence conflict processes, attitudes, behaviour and ways of life within societies by establishing values that are conducive to peace. The Report on the Cultural Dimensions of EU Foreign Policy explicitly assigned tasks to the cultural sphere in promoting peace and preventing crises as part of the EU's joint foreign and security policy.
As a result agents from culture and the arts are being asked to play a role in conflict avoidance and intervention. By "soft power" artistic and cultural programmes enter the political agenda to support democratisation processes and the rebuilding of civil society in conflict regions. The ifa is dedicated to engage in different debates about culture and conflict i. e. on the joint mission statement developped by the working group "Culture and Conflict".