ifa blog

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

Freedom of Speech or "Extremism"? Lukashenko's ongoing crack-down on independent media in Belarus

In 2021, Belarus ranked 158 out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index. This article highlights five Belarusian media whose editors or entire outlets were declared extremists ...

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Those who disobey go to prison – "Iranian women need the world's help"

The current protests in Iran were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Morality Police officers outside a Metro Station in Teheran and died in custody ...

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Escaping the chains of debt

In Pakistan, the poor turn to a sophisticated network of philanthropists to avoid the shame of borrowing from family and friends.

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The catwalk with a difference: adaptive fashion comes to Azerbaijan

An enterprising student and a designer want to make attractive clothes that disabled people can wear – and model too

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Upgrade to the Metaverse?

For the ifa Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" Manouchehr Shamsrizi explores the potential of video games and so-called metaverses for Germany's foreign cultural and ...

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John Sley Pierre, Black and Committed

On a promising sunny morning, activists from across Haiti’s civil society gathered where once slaves cut cane. They had come to discuss the rights of Black people around the world. 

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Butterflies in the Brain

Making traditional Ukrainian hair wreaths is an art that is no longer very common today. Olena Afanasenko talks about preserving the cultural heritage of her homeland in an interview ...

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White lies and the voids of­ history

Both Namibia and South Africa look back on a violent colonial past, but the history books only tell of individual "heroes". Can historical fiction give the victims a voice?

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A window on the world

40 years of ifa exhibition funding - With more than four decades of experience and over 2,000 artistic positions abroad, ifa supports artists worldwide. How has ifa's exhibtion funding ...

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