German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote, ‘Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.’ No doubt he would’ve smiled then, seeing his name in lights last month as the German institute named after him brings us one step closer to that advice.
Worth the visit alone as a behemoth of cultural heritage, the building was inspired by the Bauhaus movement. Designed in East Germany, it was built in the ’50s when both countries still earnestly called citizens ‘comrades’.
With an emphasis on fostering dialogue and support structures for interdisciplinary arts, the institute hosts an incredible range of events.
In addition to providing a range of online and offline access to films, CDs and hard-to-find publications, its library also provides access to state-of-the-art apps and software – all with potential for future workshops that will specifically cater towards building up ‘creative industry’ skills. (One of the areas that’s generated most buzz is 3D-printing, naturally.)
For under 150RMB it’s all at your fingertips, including the entire Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra archive. So take Goethe’s advice, go get some kultur.