The building of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) is dedicated to the search for strategies for better coexistence in and with this world. How can cultures of conviviality and community be cultivated and carried forward? With a focus on diverse voices and encounters, HKW brings together different understandings of the world in artistic, discursive, and activist forms.

Visitors are invited to experience various forms of collaboration in the extraordinary architecture of the Congress Hall, which was built in 1957 – whether in exhibitions, sound/music, performances, discursive events, literature and oraliture, architecture, academic and cultural discourse formats or in other types of gatherings.

The programme focuses on migrant knowledge and the diverse stories and life realities that can be articulated today from Germany through international exchange. Berlin alone is home to citizens from 170 nations. These people and their communities are of fundamental importance for the direction taken by HKW – not only as subjects or audiences, but also as co-makers of the programme. It is both a key goal and a mission to make cultures tangible and not to present or merely exhibit them as “others.”

HKW thus expands the concept of the “world” in its name towards an understanding of the world that embraces, explores, and equally respects a multiplicity of cultures, orders of knowledge and ways of being – whether of living or non-living beings.

Info und Website

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin

Opening Times:
Wed.  Mon.: 12:00 19:00

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The roof of the House of World Cultures (HKW).
People are standing in the forecourt of the House of World Cultures.
The roof of the House of World Cultures (HKW).