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Franz Xaver Augustin: Bridging cultures in three continents

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 12 2009   /  11:21 am

JP/Anissa S. FebrinaDuring his years working mostly in foreign countries, Franz Xaver Augustin has learned one thing that is now the basis of his work: Not one single culture is above the others.Currently serving as director of the Goethe Institute in Indonesia and regional director for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Augustin believes that two-way communication works best when it comes to fostering cultural exchange.“We don’t aim mainly at promoting German culture abroad. We never consider ourselves as a showcase for Germany,” said the 56-year-old.“Of course, it is also part of our work that we have to screen films and invite artists from Germany. But what is much more important and promising is the cultural interaction with local intellectuals and artists to foster cultural processes.”When his institution invited a German ensemble, for example, the most valuable el...