German American Cultural Institutions

Do you live in the Greater Los Angeles area and want to gain some information in German culture and society? Here are some organizations in the area that can provide you with the information you are looking for. 

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles (C) Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

As Germany's worldwide cultural arm, the Goethe-Institut promotes the German language, fosters international cultural cooperation and conveys a complete picture of Germany. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles organizes and supports cultural events presenting Germany's cultural, social and political life and acts as a facilitator of intercultural exchange.

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Villa Aurora

The artists residence and historic landmark, located in the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta, fosters German-American cultural exchange in memory of the European exiles that settled in Southern California. Villa Aurora offers public concerts, lectures, screenings and performances.  

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German-American League

The German-American League, founded in 1905, is one of the oldest German-American organizations in California. It brings German-American clubs and groups together to foster German heritage and to promote events and activities of the affiliated League members.

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Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee

The Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee is an organization that brings Los Angeles and Berlin together. On June 27, 1967, Berlin became Los Angeles' 6th sister city and the committee's mission is to advance the relationship between these two prominent cities in every possible way: culturally, intellectually, commercially and socially. Among the organizations's primary activities are fund-raisers to promote social and cultural exchange between the two cities. 

Friends of Goethe

Friends of Goethe

Friends of Goethe (FoG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to support the work of the Goethe Institut in Southern California. Through its support, FoG helps bring the best of German arts, literature, film as well as science, technology, political and cultural affairs to Los Angeles. Join the Friends of Goethe and receive special benefits, including invitations to receptions, screenings and other events.

The Wende Museum

The Wende Museum

The Wende Museum is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and its collections for viewing.  It is open to the public Monday through Thursday by appointment only from 10am to 5pm (except on holidays). The Museum is open without appointment on Fridays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Cultural Institutions

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German Films Service & Marketing

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German Films Service + Marketing GmbH is the national information and advisory center and works to promote feature, documentary, television and short films worldwide. Follow the link to contact US representative Oliver Mahrdt.

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What Goethe didn´t know ...

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Eleven curious items from the world of the German language which even Germany’s most famous poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, would not have known. Source: Deutschland Magazin