Personal – Concrete – Approachable: On this page we turn the spotlight on some of the names and stories connected to our funding programmes and projects. Please join us, and learn more about our ifa alumni, their personal experiences and professional development, and the projects they embark upon after leaving ifa.

Cuba opens up: will culture and education be the new motor?

Bert Hoffmann is alumnus of ifa's Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy". He conducted the project "The prospects of German-Cuban cultural and scientific relations". Being an expert of Cuban culture, he is very familiar with Cuba's cultural landscape and its political developments of the past decades. In this interview he talks about the prospects of German-Cuban cooperation.

“The trouble is that we don’t have enough resources to go round…”

“…even water is in short supply.” reports Mona Abdelbaqi about the daily challenges at her workplace, the refugee camp Zaatari in Jordan. The fellow of “CCP Refugees and Migration”, the new thematic module of the CrossCulture Programme, returned to Jordan last week.

Netzwerken auf zentralasiatisch - über das CrossCulture Alumnitreffen in Bischkek

Networking heißt das Schlagwort, es geht um Ideen und Projekte, kurz – um ein erfolgreiches Miteinander über Grenzen hinweg. Olessya, Maqsud, Sergei und Ana haben ein Netz gesponnen oder fein gewebt, so wie die kirgisischen Teppiche, die als beliebtes Souvenir des zentralasiatischen Landes gelten. Ein Geflecht aus Bindfaden, das ihnen am Ende ihres eintägigen Workshops zeigt, wie gut sie sich vernetzt haben, wie sie auch sichtbar miteinander in Kontakt stehen.

"Berlin: Refuge and Music" - Ahmed Yacoubs Film about Buskers in Berlin

Fascinated by the street art community, CrossCulture Internships Programme alumnus Ahmed Yacoub from Giza (Egypt) took the chance and produced his own video documentary, called "Berlin: Refuge and Music". During his internship with Vice Media (2015), he went on the hunt for new footage every day after work. Watch his strong movie and read some comments about his projects here.