(image courtesy of © Janine Schrijver)
- What role do you play in your institute/embassy?
I work in the cultural program at the Goethe-Institut in Amsterdam, where I plan and coordinate cultural events and other projects that stimulate intercultural exchange. For this, I stay in close contact with local partners in the Netherlands and simultaneously keep an eye on cultural impulses from Germany. My job is very diversified, as I am involved in many different projects from different fields, which range from literature to music, theatre, and cultural – as well as political – discourses.
- How do you contribute to EUNIC?
As one of the EUNIC members, the Goethe-Institut is involved in different working groups. I am currently working on the European Literature Night, which will take place in June, and a program under the topic “Fair P(l)ay” for Europe Day on the 9th of May. Besides that, the Goethe-Institut holds this year’s presidency of EUNIC Netherlands.
- What is the best aspect of being a EUNIC Netherlands member?
What I most enjoy about being a member of EUNIC Netherlands, is the international environment, which enables us to design programs that include many different European perspectives. As a network, we can share resources and use our collective experience as Europeans. Together, we can set accents and carry topics into the world that are important to us. A good example is the great work of the Safer Space Working Group, which uses the combined knowledge and skills to make our programs more accessible, particularly for marginalized groups.