The Goethe-Institut Athens, which was established in 1952, is the oldest institute in the global
Goethe network. It sets itself two objectives in its constitution: to foster German-Greek cooperation
and promote the teaching of German. In addition to providing courses in the German language, the
Goethe-Institut Athens has been staging a variety of cultural events, such as conferences, seminars,
lectures, debates, film presentations, all kinds of concerts (classical, jazz, new music), readings, photo-
graphy and art exhibitions, theatre and dance productions etc. for over 50 years. Many outstanding
German and Greek artists and scientists have participated in these events down through the years.
During the period of dictatorship in Greece, the Goethe-Institut was seen as providing one of the few
forums for open debate. Today, the Institute continues to provide opportunities in its foyer, which
many Athenians view as an oasis of calm, and popular function room for gaining an in-depth insight
into Germany and its culture through its varied and up-to-date programme.
The Goethe-Institut Athens provides workshops and seminars for teachers working in the field of
German as a foreign language. Our work in the area of language teaching is complemented by a
comprehensive programme of examinations. A wide-ranging programme of language courses is also
available. The information centre at the Goethe-Institut Athens provides extensive information on
current aspects of cultural, social and political life in Germany. The collection contains 17,000 print
and audiovisual resources. The entire contents of the library can be accessed via OPAC (Online
Public Access Catalogue). Internet access is also provided to use.