What can culture do?

Martin Roth Symposium

22 – 23 June 2018 | Berlin

This symposium will bring together leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors to share ideas and future scenarios close to Martin Roth's work and convictions. The participants will showcase good practice and address challenges, opening space for controversial views and generating new energy for international cultural politics.

The panels will address a number of areas where Martin Roth made successful, provocative contributions: How can museums be made more transparent and connected? How can culture and design be used to build bridges between societies? How can national heritage be respected without falling into the trap of nationalist attitudes? And last but not least, how can the disobedience of objects be cherished, their ability to break out of the boundaries we place upon them and take on a life of their own?

The discussions about these question will all last but not least address the opportunities that culture provides through its qualities of opening, engaging, relating and cooperating. 

Join us to honour and commemorate the legacy of one of the most innovative museum directors and cultural policy makers: Martin Roth.

Conference venue

Kraftwerk, Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin


Größere Karte anzeigen © OpenStreetMap-Mitwirkende (CC BY-SA) Source

Please note

  • There are very few parking spaces at the conference venue Kraftwerk
  • Catering during the conference will be taken care of by the organiser
  • For safety reasons, please bring no bags larger than an A4 size piece of paper

Registration for Speakers

Please use the link sent by the ifa via e-mail

Auswärtiges Amt

With generous support from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany