Goethe Institut Dreaming New Worlds Program 2024

Deadline: 3rd of June, 2024

For the 2024 Goethe Institut Dreaming New Worlds Program, applications are now being accepted. The Goethe Institut invites artists to investigate the idea of Collective Illusions for the program’s second iteration. African culture is an embodied custom that has been contextualized and transmitted over the ages via proverbs, music, and storytelling. They represent the community’s ideals and experiences and embodie the wisdom of everybody.

Multidisciplinary artists, curators, and historians working in a variety of media—visual art, cinema, literature, performance, and architecture, among others—are invited by Goethe. to investigate the methods for this contextualization, the settings, and the projects that contribute to the creation of new contexts for the nation.

Program Goals:

  1. Capacity building: The program through workshops, talks, lectures, and screenings open to the participants and public, promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to research, critical thought, and artistic outcomes to inspire positive action and new futures for the country.
  2. Showcasing Innovation: Through a supported exhibition, the program serves as a platform to present these ideas and works not typical to the mainstream to be engaged with healthy criticism. The program would also serve as a platform to showcase these creatives to relevant platforms where they can further hone and develop their skill sets.
  3. Community Engagement: The program aims to bring technological innovation closer to young people through screenings, workshops, talks, lectures, and exhibitions. The participants create works in response, and to benefit our society. The public is invited to give feedback on the work and its aims.


  • Fifteen artists and scientists will be invited to participate in a one-week Ideathon, where they will form collectives and collaborate to align their practices and ideas with the curatorial vision.
  • Three collectives will be awarded a production grant of NGN 2,500,000 each, and will participate in a group exhibition in November 2024, as a part of the Dreaming New Worlds program.
  • The Program awards production and exhibition grants of up to NGN 2,500,000 to three collectives created at a two week-long ideathon. The domains of the program are African Heritage, Ecologies, Social Equity, Mediums & Practices, Narratives, Climate & Urban development.


  • Creative technologists must be residents of Nigeria and must be able to travel to Lagos.
  • Adequate proof of a consistent practice over 3-5 years, or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be available to commit to create work with their collective from July – November 2024
  • Please keep application information Clear and Concise.

Click here to apply 

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