Because of the coronavirus, artists and cultural institutions worldwide are faced with existential challenges. Museums and theatres have been closed indefinitely, musicians cannot play concerts, and many international cultural events have been cancelled due to numerous border closings. At present, the only way artists and cultural organisations can present their work to an audience is via digital formats. There are no limits to the ideas on the Internet, whether a virtual tour of an exhibition in London, a kitchen puppet show, a digital ballet from Tokyo, or a living room reading. Digitisation not only makes the arts accessible from home and across borders, but is also accompanied by experimental and innovative features.
In order to lend the online cultural offers of artists more visibility and greater reach in times of the coronavirus, the Goethe-Institut has launched the digital cultural calendar kulturama.digital. Artists and cultural institutions of all fields and worldwide can upload their digital cultural offers such as livestreams or on-demand programs to kulturama.digital free of charge and thus make them accessible to an international audience. The key motto: Not everything has to be perfect. We welcome both experimental and classic formats equally and hope that in this way, a diverse and colourful collection of cultural offers from high and pop culture emerges over time. Art lovers not only can find digital events from all over the world on kulturama.digital, but they can also show their solidarity: A donation button for each event allows users to financially support the artists and thus contribute to a vibrant online cultural scene. The site is in English and packages all offers according to type and date, so that everyone can quickly find the cultural offer they like.
Who does kulturama.digital address?
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. With 157 institutes in 98 countries, we promote the study of German abroad, encourage international cultural exchange and convey a contemporary image of Germany.