ifa blog

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

Former ifa cultural assistant Josef Sporrer between his grapevines in northern Romania

From Youth Culture to Viticulture

Josef Sporrer was a cultural assistant for ifa at the German Forum in Romania until 2003. He liked the country so much that he decided to stay and started growing wine on the border to ...

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Portrait Karolina Slusarenka

ifa as a Stepping Stone into Berlin Politics

In an interview, Karolina Slusarenka, former coordinator of ifa's Deployment Programme in Poland and the Czech Republic, talks about identity as an important component of her work with ...

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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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'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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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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LGBT flag is waved in a crowd at a Pride Festival

'There is a Silent Trust that Unites the LGBT Community Online' – Gender & Diversity Part III

Online censorship and persecution of LGBT people is commonplace in Egypt. Local organisations and activists like Omar (name changed by the editors) are trying to help those affected by ...

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Asma Abidi during a CCP workshop

'LGBTQ Are Our Doctors, Friends or Neighbours' – Gender & Diversity Part II

After the Tunisian Revolution in 2010, censorship and threats against critical voices declined and the LGBTIQ movement became more visible. Even so, a lot of prejudices still exist in ...

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Exhibition view "Ahnen" in Schwules Museum

'Diversity is an Enrichment, not a Threat' – Gender & Diversity Part I

In terms of language, Ins A Kromminga, participant of a workshop on Gender & Diversity in 2019 by ifa’s CrossCulture Programme (CCP), sees progress for intersex people in Germany, but ...

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