Music, Theatre, Dance -Programmes supported by the Federal Foreign Office


Cultural programmes in the areas of music, theatre and dance help present Germany as a country of cultural innovation and diversity. They encourage a civil-society network in the arts.


Dance scene from “Continu” by Sasha Waltz
Tanzszene© picture alliance / dpa
Music plays a special role in how German culture is perceived abroad. That is due to the outstanding tradition of German music, but also to the variety and quality of the current music scene in Germany, both professional and amateur. Concerts abroad by German musicians and especially collaborations with local artists are particularly suited to communicating this distinctive musical culture to other countries and also to bringing about cooperation and understanding across language barriers. At the professional level, the Goethe-Institut’s work abroad in the field of music includes conceiving, finding musicians for, and carrying out individual concerts, tours, master classes, workshops and symposiums. At the amateur and junior levels, the Goethe-Institut supports musical exchanges that make encounters between people from different countries possible through artistic collaborations.


German theatre is known abroad for its diversity and the excellent quality of its ensembles. Nowhere else is there a comparable density of publicly funded, large theatres. Current German theatre attracts attention through its ability to put social reality on the stage and through its delight in formal experimentation. The productions prove so rich in complexity that new connections and interpretations always arise, especially when they are performed abroad.

Contemporary German dance is in demand all over the world, both productions from the cities’ theatre companies and the large independent companies as well as from the smaller independent scene.

The Goethe-Institut plays a connecting and supporting role for guest performances abroad by German theatre and dance companies and is a partner in international coproductions. It contributes to the exchange of ideas in the area of theatre through the many smaller projects of the overseas institutes – such as guest directors, guest choreographers, workshops, and staged readings of new German plays. That culture is a two-way street finds expression in a guest programme for young foreign theatre people conducted together with the International Theatre Institute and in support for guest performances from developing and transition countries.

Through the Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater (BDAT), an asscociation that promotes amateur theatre, the Federal Foreign Office also makes funds available for performing arts events both abroad and at home.

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