Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, Artistic Director ADKDW



In October we celebrate our birthday! 10 years of the Academy of the Arts of the World - we want to celebrate it adequately. But a moment of silence is also adequate. Before we blow out candles first, let us take a moment to pause and reflect. We live in difficult times: ongoing world health crisis, terrifying climate crisis, escalating global political crisis. Who would have thought that the 10th anniversary year of the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne would be accompanied by such a wide-ranging crisis scenario?

Art is not exempt from this crisis either. In recent weeks and months, there has been a lot of noise about art in Germany. As rarely as before, art is at the center of public debate. This makes it all the more important for us as the Academy of the Arts of the World to take our social mission seriously, and to underline and consolidate our responsibility as an independent forum for dialogue and cultural, interreligious and social engagement. In 2012, the Academy of the Arts of the World was launched in Cologne as an international network of members, a community of actors in the fields of art, culture and politics. And in October we celebrate - Saturday 22.10.22 - in the presence of the members of the ADKDW, with prominent guests from politics and culture, and with a glamorous but sleep-disturbed concert in a class of its own, including an international star line-up!

We are especially pleased about the new setup of our premises in Herwarthstrasse: Audiovisual production space, live broadcasting studio and event venue - the ADKDW Studio will be the new media hub of the Academy starting in October. In addition, several long-term projects will be initiated this year by the members of the ADKDW, which deal profoundly with our history. With the history of Cologne, with the history of Germany, and with the history of geopolitical contexts that continue to shape us today. The presentness of our global history will continue to give us plenty of reason for thought - which is precisely why 10 years of commitment as the Academy of the Arts of the World also give us many reasons to celebrate together!