The Artists Are Present – Artist residencies in cultural exchange

A digital symposium of the ADIR – Working Group of German International Residency Programs (Arbeitskreis Deutscher Internationaler Residenzprogramme)

Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2021 19:00 Uhr


Location: Online


During the COVID-19 pandemic, residency programs for artists have proved their worth as highly effective and viable structures for international cultural and knowledge exchange. Particularly in this time of crisis, the enormous importance of international cooperation has become clear. In their role as laboratories prompting shifts in perspective, residency programs often serve as models for the question of how we want to live together.

Cultural and knowledge exchange thrives on polyphony and diversity. How can this be guaranteed in the long term? The presence of artists on site is essential to social and cultural interaction. How can the mobility of artists be preserved – even in times of crisis? What spaces are required to create social cohesion in times of sometimes radical change, and how can residency programs contribute to this?

The Working Group of German International Residency Programs (ADIR) invites you to a digital symposium on June 23, 2021, to discuss the future of international artistic exchange during and after the pandemic. After an opening statement by Minister of State Michelle Müntefering, Members of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth and Ursula Groden-Kranich, DJ and producer Sarah Farina and writer Deniz Utlu will explore forms of encounter required in future in conversation with ADIR speakers.

What is the impact of local presence on cultural exchange and social understanding? What are the benefits of formats of digital encounter, and how much personal contact does international dialogue need? How do we maintain protected spaces for artistic and creative thinking, action and research?

The digital symposium will be opened by Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut and will include an initial address by Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office.


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The following individuals will be participating in a livestream discussion:

Claudia Roth, Member and Vice President of the German Bundestag and Chairwoman of the subcommittee on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy
Ursula Groden-Kranich, Member of the German Bundestag and Chairwoman of the subcommittee on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy
Deniz Utlu, writer and journalist, former fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Goethe-Institut
Sarah Farina, DJ and producer, Musicboard Berlin fellow in Detroit

The discussion will be moderated by the ADIR representatives:
Elke aus dem Moore, Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Silvia Fehrmann, Director, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program
Stefan Hilterhaus, Artistic Director, PACT Zollverein Essen

The Working Group of German International Residency Programs (ADIR) unites representatives of around 20 institutions active in Germany and abroad. Residency programs for creative and cultural artists, media makers and scientists endorse and facilitate creative processes, productions and a sustainable dialogue through a shift in perspective.
Please visit for further details on the ethos of ADIR and its members.


Artist residencies in cultural exchange
June 23, 7–9:30 pm
Livestream available at:

Hashtag: #ADIR2021