ifa blog

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

'There is a Strong Need to Develop New Narratives that are African Specific'

Avril Joffe heads the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In an interview with ifa, she explores whether ...

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Iris Lenz, Head of the ifa Galleries

Iris Lenz and the ifa Galleries

What distinguishes the ifa Galleries? Why is the location of a gallery decisive for its programme? And what are current themes in art? Gallery director Iris Lenz looks back on 30 years ...

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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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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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Photography of a Chinese Temple with High Rise Building in the Background

Between Traditional Values and New Technologies

China. A country of rapid developments and innovations but also thousands of years of history and traditions. How does the country manage the balancing act between these contrasts? What ...

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Container of the refugee camp Skaramangas in Greece.

Opportunities in the Crisis

'We can do this' – four words that have had a lasting influence on the debate on integration in Germany. Where do we stand today? Where does Europe’s migration policy stand? These are ...

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Cartoon: A bullet missed four influencial people until it hits a child

How a Cartoonist Re-learned Drawing

A journalist writes a critical article about the president and is imprisoned the next day... What sounds to German ears like the beginning of a political thriller is virtually everyday ...

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