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Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Streetart in Johannesburg

Mapping Cultural and Creative Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Over the last 20 years, cultural and creative industries have gained considerable attention in sustainable development agendas, including in Sub-Saharan Africa. What impact and ...

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CCP fellows during a workshop, photo: Simone Schiffer, © ifa

Human Rights, Peace-building and a Wedding

The CrossCulture Programme (CCP) of ifa celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Global developments, Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy, and the close cooperation with ...

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Statue of Tito in the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, photograph of the statue from behind, view into the inner courtyard of the museum.

An European Excursus: Peripheries and Places of Diversity

Current conflicts and the increasing division in society have lead ifa to realize the new art project 'EVROVIZION crossing stories and spaces'. The author Sanja Kojić Mladenov, one of ...

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In her photomontage 'Point n’ Shoot', the New York conceptual artist shows Donald Trump with his infamous sentence: "Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters ok? It’s like incredible". The image of the President is underlaid with the dates and names of over 100 murdered people of color, who themselves were unarmed when they were shot by police.

Populist Emotions

Emotions and politics are always inextricably intertwined and one may wonder if liberalism's stubborn belief that politics and emotions should remain distinct has not tactically ...

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Exterior view of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin; to the left and right of the entrance the banners, red and white, of the Martin Roth Symposium

MuseumFutures: MaRS 2020

The second Martin Roth Symposium took place over five days in early September. Beaming out from the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin it explored what might (and should) be next for the ...

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Portrait of the writer Eva Menasse

The Loss of the Public Sphere

The digital revolution has destroyed the public sphere as we knew it. Isolated from each other, we dig our own tunnels: blind, sensitive to the smallest of vibrations, frightened by ...

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Large power box in a landscape, on it a graffiti: Sunflower, at the left side the saying: 'Always Room to Grow'

Is Culture Europe’s Key to Sustainable Development?

It has been five years since UN member states adopted Agenda 2030, an unprecedented global plan for sustainable development. With just a decade left to meet the Agenda goals, is the EU ...

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Portrait of the writer Ilija Trojanow

In Defence of the Do-gooders

It’s easy to go through life as a cynic. It’s convenient and comfortable to accept everything, never fight, isolate ourselves, keep our heads down, protect ourselves and lay down our ...

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Portrait of the author Margaret Atwood

Giving voices to the voiceless

Human beings have engaged in the arts: music, visual imagery, dramatic performances – including rituals – and language arts, including tale telling, ever since they have been ...

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'Bruderkuss' between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker by Dimitriy Vrubel on the monument East Side Gallery in Berlin.

The Power of Feelings

What role do feelings play in politics? And which emotions do we associate with Europe? Daphne Büllesbach, a European activist, discussed this topic during her lecture tour through the ...

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