Culture & the media

The future centre for dialogue between the world’s cultures: the Humboldt Forum is under construction in Berlin
The future centre for dialogue between the world’s cultures: the Humboldt Forum is under construction in Berlin HILMER & SATTLER und ALBRECHT – Jan Pautzke

Vibrant nation of culture

Germany’s reputation as a great European cultural nation is based on famous names, its current very vibrant art scene and cosmopolitan diversity.

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major dialect associations exist in 
Germany, including, for example, 
Bavarian, Alemannic, Westphalian, Brandenburg and Northern Low 
German. The regional differences in spoken language are fairly large; 
in general the importance of dialects 
is dwindling.

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Largest art museum

Hamburger Kunsthalle
Largest orchestra

 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Largest movie theatre

Cinemaxx in Essen
Largest theatre stage

Friedrichstadtpalast (Berlin)
Largest festival hall

Baden-Baden
Berlin is considered the startup capital, among young entrepreneurs, too
Berlin is considered the startup capital, among young entrepreneurs, too Marko Priske/laif
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The German creative industry is a growth sector with great potential. It has an especially strong presence in the big cities.
Goethe-Institut/Anastasia Tsayder/dpa
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German is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. Interest in learning German is rising rapidly in many countries.
Malte Christians/dpa
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Germany has a free media world characterised by an array of voices. Digitisation has triggered profound structural change.
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Adelbert von Chamisso Prize

The Adelbert von Chamisso Prize is a 
literary award bestowed since 1985 by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It is given 
to a published work whose author’s mother tongue is not German. In 2015, the prize went to Sherko ­Fatah, a 
German writer with Iraqi roots (for his oeuvre), to Olga Grjasnova, who was born in Baku/Azerbaijan (for her: 
Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe) and to Martin Kordic (for Wie ich 
mir das Glück vorstelle), whose father comes from Croatia.

Yael Ronen’s production of Common Ground at the Maxim Gorki Theatre made a real splash
Yael Ronen’s production of Common Ground at the Maxim Gorki Theatre made a real splash picture-alliance/Eventpress Hoensch
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Authors and artists with a migrant background present exciting fusions and new angles on society.
Old manuscripts from Timbuktu (Mali) are being preserved and researched thanks to Federal Foreign Office funding
Old manuscripts from Timbuktu (Mali) are being preserved and researched thanks to Federal Foreign Office funding picture-alliance/abacapress
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The foreign cultural relations and education policy relies on exchanges and its cultural heritage preservation programmes to lay sound foundations for relations to other countries.
Over 50,000 visitors turned up to the topping-out ceremony, and open days, at the Humboldt-Forum building site in downtown Berlin.
Rainer Jensen/dpa
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