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.

Film industry in Germany 2016

Federal and state film funding
€ 361.4 m
Cinema visits
121.1 m
Cinema sales
€ 1,023 m
Cinemas
1,654
German films
256
Internationally successful: Maren Ade’s tragicomedy “Toni Erdmann”
Internationally successful: Maren Ade’s tragicomedy “Toni Erdmann” Komplizen Film/NFP/dpa
Topic
Motion pictures from Germany are well received internationally; award-winning international productions are also made here.

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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.

List

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
Topic
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
Topic
German is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. Interest in learning German is rising rapidly in many countries.
Info

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German Digital Library

The German Digital Library (DDB) is, closely networked with the European virtual library Europeana.eu, a portal cataloguing Germany’s cultural heri­tage. This encompasses cultural treasures such as manuscripts, historical films, music, and digitised books. The library already contains more than 
18 million items. The long-term goal 
is for up to 30,000 cultural and academic institutions from all spheres 
and disciplines to be networked within the DDB.

Timeline
Malte Christians/dpa
Topic
Germany has a free media landscape characterised by an array of voices. Digitisation has triggered profound structural change.
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
Topic
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
Topic
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.
The ministry is continuing the AArtists-in-Residence programme and has awarded scholarships to artists this year after the successes in 2016.
Rainer Jensen/dpa
Topic
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Bachelor and Master’s programmes in architecture are to be founded in the Hochschulkompass published by the German Rectors’ Conference. The courses combine a knowledge of engineering with creativity and range from “Advanced Design” at Munich University of Applied Sciences to “World Heritage Studies” at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Sustainable Building is a major topic in many of the programmes, and the focus includes energy-efficient and ecologically-friendly building.

Film has a long tradition in Germany, going back more than 100 years. Germany is an attractive place to produce films, be they blockbusters, domestic or international productions. And it is particularly interesting because of the unique blend of tradition and cutting-edge film-making.
dpa/Ralph Goldmann
Topic
Rationality and precision define German building culture. Yet with the success of ecological architecture it is also developing new emotionality and lightness.
If you want to see the world you’ve come to the right place here. The Berlinale is well-known for its engaging selection of international films. And to give us more insight into movie-making in African countries, the German Foreign Office created the Africa Hub at the 2017 European Film Market.
Only every five years it is time for Documenta – therefore the art exhibition is drawing even more attention. 2017 it is entitled once more to inspire, unsettle and polarise.