The first foreign office of the Ukrainian Institute was opened in Berlin

On March 29, 2023, in the Kesselhaus of the Berlin Kulturbrauerei, the first foreign representative office of the Ukrainian Institute in Germany was opened with a festive opening: in the presence of the Ambassador of Ukraine Oleksii Makeiev, Matthias Lüttenberg from the German Foreign Office and with a selected cultural program by Ukrainian artists.

Photos: Lisa Vlasenko

The opening of the Ukrainian Institute in Germany was celebrated with more than 300 invited guests from the fields of culture, politics, media and NGOs. Their greetings were delivered by the Ambassador Extraordinary of Ukraine in Germany Oleksii Makeiev and Matthias Lüttenberg, Commissioner for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia at the German Foreign Office. The audience was also welcomed by Mark-André Schmachtel of Goethe-Institut, Anton Artemyev of Open Society Foundations and Director General of Ukrainian Institute Volodymyr Sheiko.

A synthetic performance with the texts of contemporary Ukrainian authors written in the first weeks after February 24, the exhibition “Ukrainian Wartime Posters”, the VR documentary “You Destroy. We Create. The war on Ukraine’s culture” and live performance by Ukrainian musician Maryana Klochko accompanied the evening.

"We are pleased that the first Ukrainian Cultural Institute outside Ukraine will open in Berlin - as a symbol of hope and a place of encounter for our two countries. The fact that Berlin was chosen is also a tribute to the openness of this city and to the resolute commitment of so many people throughout our country to Ukraine and its people. It is important to me to make Ukrainian culture and the work of Ukrainian artists visible and tangible in the long term through this place of encounter. The institute will also be a home port for people from Ukraine whom we have taken in here in Germany. This house is to be followed by many more in other countries, we are pleased and proud to be able to make a start in Berlin".
Ukrainian Institute opened its first foreign office in Germany
Annalena Baerbock,
Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany

The opening of the foreign representative office was made possible by the trilateral partnership between the Ukrainian Institute, the Goethe-Institut and the Open Society Foundations with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany.