Digital Formats

Helping to shape the digital transformation

The focus of foreign cultural and educational policy has always been the idea of multilateral cultural exchange. The ifa's digital services provide information on cultural exchange and civic engagement worldwide. They take up current issues and contribute to the development and consolidation of sustainable international relations.

biennale stories


'La Biennale Arte di Venezia' is the world's most internationally renowned and oldest art biennale. Since 1971, the artistic contribution in the German Pavilion has been coordinated by ifa - since 2009 also in the role of commissioner. In several editions the storytelling format 'biennale stories' focuses on the exciting and controversial history of the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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Die Kulturmittler - ifa's Podcast on Foreign Cultural Policy

Illustration: Lea Dohle

What does culture do in foreign policy? 'Die Kulturmittler' (Cultural Conciliators) provide background information, strategies and opinions on everything from biennials to cyber security and civil conflict management. Conversations with actors and stakeholders on current topics around the third pillar of foreign policy. A podcast by ifa - Germany's oldest intermediary organisation.

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Contemporary And (C&)

DAK'ART 2014, Official opening of the main exhibition. © Touré Behan

Contemporary And (C&) is a dynamic platform for reflecting on and connecting ideas and discourses on contemporary visual arts. With their ever-growing network of authors, C& magazine and C& América Latina magazine feature important, multilayered work by cultural practitioners, with a focus on the links between them. This work is looked at from a variety of perspectives and in diverse contexts without one specific  narrative or a single emphasis. C& has offices in Berlin and Nairobi and is accessed by people in some 120 different countries. It successfully packages complex issues in an approachable format and has established itself as an important platform for dialogue on the subject of contemporary art from Africa and the Global Diaspora. C&  magazine and C& América Latina magazine are co-published by ifa.

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Artwork of the Month

Photo: Maximilian Bauer

In the Touring Exhibitions ifa presents contemporary art from Germany worldwide. After years of travelling through international museums, the exhibitions are transferred to the ifa's art collection. The series 'Artwork of the Month' is intended to expand access to ifa's invisible art collection and offers the public an insight into the international work of the Art Department.

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Simulation game 'Giving Europe a Home'

© Kati Szilágyi, 2020

The simulation game on European cultural policy offers insights into European law making processes. In the roles of President of the European Commission, of EU commissioners, foreign ministers, members of the European Council or media representatives participants negotiate the creation of a joint 'House of European Cultures'. They can experience and reflect how cultural policy becomes concrete and what potential lies in the cultural diversity of the Union.

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Social Media Wall

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More insights into the activities of the ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen can be found on its social media channels. For an overview and to browse, the most important ifa channels are collected here as a current feed.

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