Language & Culture

Germany’s cultural relations policy is part and parcel of our foreign policy. It supports and serves our general foreign policy goals and aspirations – safeguarding peace, preventing conflict, securing respect for human rights, promoting partnership and cooperation. In order to serve these goals, the Cultural Section of the Embassy informs the Indian public on current cultural developments in Germany and their background. It promotes dialogue, exchange and cooperation between people and institutions.

On a practical level this means to identify and arrange contacts between potential partners, to prepare visits of official delegations and to report about current developments in India.

This implies a close cooperation with the German cultural institutions and representatives in India, namely:

The Goethe Institut, known as 'Max Mueller Bhavan' in India.

The office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New Delhi.

The German School in New Delhi.

The branch office of the South Asia Institute/University of Heidelberg in New Delhi.

The German-speaking Catholic and Protestant Church Communities of North India.

Federal Foreign Office - Culture and Intercultural Dialogue

The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. Foreign cultural and education policy forms an integral part of German foreign policy. Its practical implementation is largely handled by intermediary agency organizations such as Goethe Institut, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Institute for foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the German UNESCO Commission.

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Germany's alive culture

News

Read about the latest events related to culture and language, both in Germany as well as in the sphere of bilateral cooperation.

Shooting star 'Sibel Kekilli' - a German actress of Turkish origin

Cultural life in Germany: An Overview

Gutenberg, Dürer, Goethe & Schiller, Bach & Beethoven, Kant & Hegel, – the cultural life of Germany has a long, vigorous and exuberant tradition. Nowadays, names like painter Gerhard Richter, film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, actress Sibel Kekilli, or fashion icon Heidi Klum, just to name a few examples, stand for a lively, many-faceted cultural scenery. Its diversity and dynamism emanate from the fruitful and liberal coexistence of all the citizens of Germany, who often come from diverse backgrounds. An outstanding highlight was the Nobel Prize of Literature awarded to German writer Herta Müller in 2009.  

Florian Schiertz, Tabla expert during a performance in Germany

Bilateral cultural relations

Cultural relations are perceived by the German government as crucial element of foreign policy, alongside political and economic relations. Indo-German cooperation in the fields of culture and the arts has always been vigorous and multi-faceted, be it in films, theatre, or dance, the visual arts, literature and oral traditions, or the printing and publishing industry. The highlight of bilateral cultural relations between both the countries is the going to be the festival “Germany and India 2011-2012” on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. 

Millions of people around the world are learning German as a foreign language

Learn German

German is the mother tongue of about a 100 million Europeans and is spoken, according to estimates, by another 80 million people worldwide as a foreign language. It is the second most commonly used scientific language as well as the language of literary mastery and philosophy.  

Language & Culture

Performance of the opera 'Das Rheingold' by Richard Wagner

Startup with German and win a trip to Germany

Startup with German 2017

Startup with German is a project by the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the German Embassy, InDaF, ZfA and DAAD. Students and teachers are invited to participate in the project and win an opportunity to attend a three weeks language course in Germany. For further details, please log on to:

www.startupwithgerman.com

Christmas markets in Germany

Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas foods and decorations are sold: Sizzling sausages, Glühwein (mulled wine) and gingerbread. In Germany, preparations for Christmas begin before December falls. Here you will find an overview of beautiful and very popular Christmas markets in Germany.

Federal Foreign Office - Culture and Intercultural Dialogue

The primary goal of German foreign policy is to preserve peace and security in the world. Foreign cultural and education policy forms an integral part of German foreign policy. Its practical implementation is largely handled by intermediary agency organizations such as Goethe Institut, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Institute for foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and the German UNESCO Commission.

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Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe-Institut

Grünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts

The Goethe-Instituts  also known as Max Mueller Bhavans (MMBs) in India offer the best atmosphere for learning German. In addition to the standard courses for adults and teens, they also offer extensive courses or short term courses. Distance learning, blended learning as well as customised courses for companies are also on option.