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ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany's oldest intermediary organisation for international cultural relations. It promotes a peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. ifa supports artistic and cultural exchange in exhibition, dialogue and conference programmes, and it acts as a centre of excellence for international cultural relations. It is part of a global network and relies on sustainable, long-term partnerships.
It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart.
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ifa is represented by President Ulrich Raulff and ifa's director is Secretary General Gitte Zschoch. As an advisory council, the Executive Committee sets the guidelines and priorities for ifa's activities. The four advisory councils, including the Advisory Council of the Alexander Rave Foundation, the Editorial Board of the journal KULTURAUSTAUSCH, the Research Advisory Council, and the Art Advisory Board, provide feedback and recommendations on topics such as German foreign cultural and educational policy, exhibition work, and the awarding of scholarships.
The Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the post-war era, and the fall of the Berlin Wall: founded in 1917 by Theodor Wanner in Stuttgart, ifa can look back on an eventful history.
The Friends' Association was founded in 2006 in order to support ifa in the implementation of numerous projects.
The Visitors' Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany offers participants the possibility to network and exchange views on current socio-political topics during a one-week stay.
The Martin Roth Symposium, named after one of the most notable museum directors, aims to honour his groundbraking achievements on behalf of the developement of cultural and social topics by perpetuating his ideas.
Since 2009, ifa has been presenting an award to persons and organisations who, by virtue of their scientific, scholarly, social, socio-political, artistic, entrepreneurial or financial engagement, have made outstanding contributions to the dialogue of cultures.
In the event series 'Totally Glocally. Stuttgart Talks', ifa addresses current questions about the interaction between global and local structures.
Since its implementation by ifa in 1995, the aim of the Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government has been to convey a current and multi-layered image of Germany abroad.