Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
At the “Kulturcafé Weimar” (Weimar Cultural Café), residents in Erfurt of diverse refugee backgrounds regularly meet to discover Weimar and its cultural heritage and engage in intercultural dialogue.
The participants get together twice a month to discuss topics that are relevant to Weimar and offer subject matter for deeper conversation: How did the classical German poets view the Arabic region? How did architectural styles develop and what images of mankind do they reflect? What political systems existed in Germany and how did they influence social life over the centuries?
The participants are introduced to a wide range of ambivalent themes from Weimar’s cultural history which they are encouraged to critically examine and discuss in the context of German and transnational history and contemporary society.
The thematic focus of the programme is planned on an ongoing basis, although participants are allowed to suggest topics of personal interest for discussion. Each meeting normally begins with an excursion to a specific site in Weimar, followed by a discussion in which the participants can intensively converse with one another.
The “Kulturcafé Weimar” is a joint project by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Erfurt office of the Soziale Diensten & Jugendhilfe gGmbH. In 2017 the project was sponsored by the Working Group of Independent Cultural Institutes (AsKI) with funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and in 2018, from the Thuringian State Chancellery.