Circle of Friends

“Haus der Kulturen der Welt is one-of-a-kind and indispensable. In its exhibitions, debates and performances it demonstrates a surprising, cosmopolitan view, asking again and again how diverse perspectives are refracted and reflected in Germany and Berlin.”
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Beck, Sociologist (Munich, London, Paris)

Funding for Haus der Kulturen der Welt comes from the German Federal Government. Since 1994 the Circle of Friends has provided HKW with additional financial backing, as well as impulses for our program and our communications, making possible such important special projects as the publication of artist’s editions, expanded cultural education offerings like guided tours and outreach programs for children and youth, and much more. For example, the Circle of Friends helped realize the web-based artist database culturebase.net – launched in 2003 in cooperation with international cultural institutions – and took the initiative in the restoration of Henry Moore’s “Butterfly” sculpture.

Residing in an architectural landmark in the heart of Berlin, a city where decisions impacting the future of Europe are being made, Haus der Kulturen der Welt explores global issues of the twenty-first century by means of art and scholarship. The institution pursues a “rooted cosmopolitanism,” opening perspectives on new questions in a globalized world in which the local is inseparably interwoven with international developments. Since 1989, in a program cutting across genre boundaries, HKW has been a forum for dialogue among the most diverse international actors, and for the collaborative intellectual examination of aesthetic and social issues.
A place for world citizens!

Become a Friend of Haus der Kulturen der Welt!

Gain exclusive insights into our program twice a year on VIP tours and at exhibition previews with the curators. Take a look behind the scenes: join the members of our international Program Advisory Board and our curators and partners at two dinners and meet the guiding personalities behind HKW. Be there for the opening evening of the summer open-air festival “Wassermusik,” when stars of the international music scene transform the roof terrace of Haus der Kulturen der Welt into the city’s most festive location!
Annual membership at €150 Membership is tax-deductible.

Become a Sponsor of Haus der Kulturen der Welt!

Decide for yourself: by special arrangement with us, define your own personal dialogue with HKW, our program, and the people who shape and guide HKW. Receive signed special editions, enjoy exclusive access to HKW, and go on extraordinary trips!
Annual membership from €1000 Membership is tax-deductible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Circle of Friends or Haus der Kulturen der Welt for further information.

Verein der Freunde – Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V.
c/o Dr. Nikolaus Würtz
Uhlandstrasse 7/810623 Berlin
phone: 0 30 - 31 57 57-0
fax: 0 30 - 31 57 57-99
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