30 Years of Ugandan German Cultural Society / Goethe-Zentrum Kampala

14.10.2020 - Article

Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society has been over the last 30 years a meeting point for Ugandans interested in learning German, for foreigners interested in learning Ugandan languages, and for artists from diverse genres being engaged in exchanging experiences with international artists in Uganda and abroad. Founded in 1989 as Ugandan German Cultural Society with the idea to foster the exchange and mutual understanding between the people in Uganda and Germany, it has constantly grown in numbers and importance. Since 2006, it has become an official cooperation partner of the world-wide renowned Goethe-Institut offering German language teaching and exams at international teaching standards and having access to the broad network of cultural exchange programmes for artists, students and teachers. In 2008, it also fostered its partnership with Alliance Francaise de Kampala sharing from that year onwards premises, ideas and events, expressing with this physical cohabitation the French-German friendship as an example of cooperation and joint European ideals. The Goethe-Zentrum is a firm part of the urban cultural landscape of Kampala. Many renowned artists and musicians have started their careers through projects supported by the Goethe-Zentrum, and many upcoming artists and organisations are seeking cooperation with us. As a meeting point for learning the German language, the Goethe-Zentrum has become indispensable for the Ugandan people.

Corona pandemic situation brought the many lively events and projects and the house on Bukoto Street 52 buzzling with students eager to learn German to fulfill their different plans to work and study in Germany or in the Ugandan tourist sector to an abrupt standstill. During lockdown, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala took the chance to reinvent some of its regular cultural events and bring them to an online audience reaching a more diverse public. Teaching has also gone completely online offering a variety of courses online from Luganda, Runyoro and Lusoga to German on basic and advanced levels.

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