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Cultural Institutions

Berliner Festspiele
Budapesterstr. 50, 10787 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 25 48 90, Fax: 25 48 91 11 |
The Berliner Featspiele oversees most of Berlin's major cultural festivals, including the high-profile film festival, the Berlinale, every February. Other prominant events bearing the Festspiele seal are the Theater and Music Festival in the fall and the Jazz Festival in November. Their website has information, programs, and ticket prices for all their events in German and English.

Polish Cultural Institute
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 7, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 24 75 81-0, Fax: no fax | S&U Alexanderplatz, S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, Bus 142, 148, 200 |
Biggest Polish cultural institute in the world. Offers a broad cultural programme with films, exhibitions, concerts, literature lectures and discussions.

British Council
Hackescher Markt 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 31 10 99-0, Fax: 31 10 99-20 | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt | Times: Teaching Centre: Mon-Thu 9:00-20:00; Fri 9.00-19.00; Sat 9.00-14.00 | Information Centre: Mon&Thu 13:00-20:00; Tue, Wed, Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-14:00.
Newly located to the Hackescher Markt, the British Council includes a Teaching Centre with a wide range of English courses for all levels as well as courses on cultural topics (Shakespeare, English Literature etc). It also includes an Information Centre which houses a well-stocked library (including videos and newspapers) and information about upcoming arts and science events. Information is also available on all aspects of studying and working in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Finnish Institute in Germany (Finnland-Institut in Deutschland)
Alt-Moabit 98, Alte Meierei, 10559 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 399 41 41, Fax: 399 4876 | U9 Turmstrasse; Bus 245 Alt Moabit/Kirchstrasse | Times: Mon 10:00-17:00; Tue-Thu 11:00-19:00; Fri 9:00-15:00
Established in 1994, the Finnish Institute aims to encourage the co-operation between Finland and Germany in areas of, for example, culture and technology.
The Finnish Institute offers information about working and studying in Finnland and also co-ordinates various cultural events in Berlin, from exhibitions to readings.
The institute library stocks Finland-related fiction and non-fiction, Finnish newspapers and magazines together with relevant videos.

The House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin - Tiergarten | Tel: 39 78 7-0; Box Office: 39 78 71 75, Fax: 394 86 79 | Bus 100 | Times: 09:00-18:00
Focusing on contemporary culture in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt under its 'Pregnant Oyster' roof (the former Congress Hall) hosts dance, music, theatre and film events that truly warrant the tag 'multi-cultural'. Around 300,000 visitors a year are attracted by the multi-faceted programme. The on-site shop offers a large range of related catalogues, books and videos, not to mention specially produced World Music CDs.

Indian Culture Center
(Indisches Kulturzentrum)
Stormstrasse 10, 14050 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 302 65 05, Fax: 306 60 59 | U2 Theodor-Heuss-Platz |
The website is unfortunately in need of updating but gives a good idea of what the Indisches Kulturzentrum has to offer. As well as traditional Indian music concerts and dance performances (many of which are free), the Kulturzentrum is also involved with readings and film seasons in other venues in Berlin. Dance, music and language classes are also offered.

Japanese-German Centre Berlin (Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin)
Saargemuender Str. 2, 14195 Berlin - Dahlem | Tel: 83 90 70, Fax: 83 90 72 20 | U1 Oskar-Helene-Heim | Times: Mon-Thu 9:00-16:00, Fri 9:00-15:30
This is the place to find out about the multitude of Japanese cultural events taking place in Berlin and discover the wide range of Japanese courses on offer - all levels, from beginners to advanced. The library (Tue-Thu 10:00-16:00) offers a selection of material (economics, politics, culture, etc). At the moment the homepage is in German but a new version in three languages is currently being prepared.

Bulgarian Cultural Institute (Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut)
Leipziger Str. 114-115, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 229 95 27, Fax: 229 95 26 | U2 Stadtmitte |
The Bulgarian Institute has been in the German capital since 1962 and aims to build cultural bridges between Sofia and Berlin. By organising special cultural events and exhibitions, it presents and promotes Bulgarian cultural life, its history as well as providing information on the country's present economic situation.

The Czech Centre (Tschechisches Zentrum)
Leipziger Str. 60, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 208 25 92, Fax: 2044415 | U2 Stadtmitte | Times: Mon-Fri 13:00-18:00
The Tschechisches Zentrum is there to answers questions regarding culture, politics, economics and tourism. The centre organises regular cultural events and exhibitions (from film seasons to author readings) and additionally offers language courses and has a library which, alongside a selection of videos and CDs, stocks books, newspapers and magazines in English and German, as well as in Czech.

Berlin Institute of French Culture (Institut Français de Berlin)
Kurfuerstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 885 90 20, Fax: 88 62 79 75 | S-Bahn Savignyplatz | Times: Mon-Thu 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00, Fri 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
The French Institute and the neighbouring Cinema Paris are an oasis of all things French in the middle of the bustle of Ku'damm. French lessons, a 'Mediathek' housing a library of 13,000 books, a resource centre, a video and CD library and an extensive cultural programme (from concerts to lectures and book readings) are all to be found here.

German Language and Cultural Institute in Berlin (Goethe-Institut Berlin)
Neue Schoenhauser Str. 20, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 25 90 63, Fax: 25 90 64 00 | S+U Alexanderplatz | Times: Mon-Thu 8:30-19:00, Fri 8:30-17:00
The Goethe Institute really needs no introduction but the new premises (opened in 1999) may provide a few surprises. While learning German you can make use of terminals for e-mail, a fax machine and the community room. In addition the Media Centre gives you access to computers, a video library, language cassettes and CDs, and a range of self-study materials. Seminars and workshops in both German and English also provide an introduction to Berlin.

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