Festival garage, Stralsund
garage is a platform for contemporary art and culture. Established in Stralsund in 1997, the festival shows new approaches in the production, presentation, and discussion of culture and new media, and has earned a serious reputation in this field. garage is primarily a producing festival, i.e., its focus is on the support and production of new, as yet unrealised projects for and during the festival. Here, questions concerning today’s possibilities of art and culture to help shape social development take centre stage.
Stralsund is a place away from the large cultural conurbations. Its tranquillity and charming surroundings make it a superb laboratory and field of experimentation for intensive processes of production, work, and exchange on a high artistic and intellectual level. The festival’s attractiveness to many artists, producers, and curators lies furthermore in the closeness to the audience and the opportunity to directly calibrate artistic production with a public that is perhaps less accustomed to new media art.
The festival has become a unique part of the cultural summer in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania and attracts an international audience. Over the past few years, networking and cooperations with institutions that work in similar ways in European and other international contexts have played a major role in the development of the festival.
Since 1998, garage has been funded by the Ministry of Education of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania as well as the Hanseatic City of Stralsund and has been supported by various consulates and cultural institutes. For 3 years, the festival has also been funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).
The festival’s founders and directors are Gesine Pagels and Carsten Stabenow.
project › Radio_Copernicus
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Goethe-Institut Kraków
The Goethe-Institut, founded in 1951, is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and operates all over the world. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural collaboration. In addition, it communicates a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information on its culture, society, and politics.
The Goethe-Institut Kraków was established in 1991, one year after the Goethe-Institut Warsaw.
The Goethe-Institut Kraków organises and supports a broad range of cultural events in order to develop and consolidate cultural interrelations and partnerships between Germany and Poland and to encourage dialogue and exchange of experiences with artists and art professionals from Germany and other European countries. Its main focus is on contemporary culture.
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project › The Futurism of Industrial Cities – 100 Years of Wolfsburg/Nowa Huta
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impuls e.V.
impuls wurde 1984 von der jetzigen Schulleiterin Inge Deppert ins Leben gerufen. Der seit 1986 gegründete Verein hat sich als Zentrum für gesunde und künstlerische Bewegung etabliert. Er möchte Menschen jeder Alters- und Leistungsstufe einen Anstoß geben, die Freude an der Bewegung wieder zu entdecken. Zu impuls e.V. gehört die private Fachschule für Gymnastik, Tanz und Bewegungstherapie, die Tanz- und Gymnastikpädagogen mit dem Schwerpunkt Bewegungstherapie ausbildet. Bereits seit 1988 kann eine berufsbegleitende Zusatzausbildung in Bewegungspädagogik in gesundheitlich-rhythmisch-tänzerischer Ausrichtung absolviert werden.
project › Veronika Blumstein - Moving Exiles
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Independent Dancers Association, Warsaw

project › Jagniątków. Move the Mount
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Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart
All over the world, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa) promotes cultural exchange, dialogue between civil societies, and communication of information on foreign cultural policy.
As the leading German institution active in international cultural exchange, ifa develops and organises exhibitions of German art worldwide. It supports exhibition projects and awards stipends. The ifa galleries in Stuttgart and Berlin present art, architecture, and design from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
In exchange programmes and international conferences, ifa brings together people from different cultures and facilitates civil conflict resolution. Moreover, it supports the development of structures of civil society especially in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe by a media aid programme.
Its specialised library in Stuttgart, the “Zeitschrift für KulturAustausch” (journal on cultural exchange) and ifa’s web portals are the most important forums for information on foreign cultural policy in Germany.
ifa is financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, the State of Baden-Württemberg, and its capital, the City of Stuttgart. Besides, ifa is actively involved in various projects with domestic and international partners such as foundations and international organisations.
project › The Mechanics of Oblivion. A German-Polish Conference
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