Wisma Jerman’s recent cultural programs

With its cultural work Wisma Jerman aims at promoting intercultural exchange and at the same time conveying a comprehensive image of contemporary Germany. By offering a cultural space and cooperating with cultural active groups and individuals from different backgrounds and origins, Wisma Jerman enables intercultural dialogue and cultural participation. A number of highly interesting cultural programs has been implemented since the foundation of Wisma Jerman, some of them being the result of the cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, while others come to life based on the initiative of Wisma Jerman itself. In recent years Wisma Jerman’s cultural activities focused on film, music, art and cultural insights.

Below you can find some information about Wisma Jerman’s recent cultural programs.

Hallo, Halle!

Since February 2020 this new monthly program format is an informal discussion round which is held every second Saturday of the month. Hallo, Halle! presents trending topics in a fun and entertaining way for the young and young at heart. On some occasions the topics are enhanced with workshops or other activities which actively involve the participants. For this purpose Hallo, Halle! regularly cooperates with organizations and expert speakers. Do you have an idea for a topic which you would like to discuss with our audience at Hallo, Halle!? Feel free to submit your idea to us and we will see how we can develop it together. You can submit your idea to and perhaps you will be our partner for the next Hallo, Halle!. 

Deutsch Kochen!

Besides being known for being a soccer nation, Germany also has a rich culinary tradition and is worldwide famous for its beer and sausages. However, German cuisine has much more to offer to food enthusiasts and cooking lovers. Thus Wisma Jerman invites young and old to join¬†Deutsch Kochen!¬†to explore and learn how to cook delicious typical German dishes.¬†Deutsch Kochen!¬†is a cooking class that is held 3-4 times a year, usual on Saturday mornings. Experienced ‚Äúchefs‚ÄĚ share their knowledge about German dishes and teach participants how to cook them. The dishes vary for each class and afterwards participants can enjoy them together and discuss the results of their efforts.

So what are you waiting for? Register now ( for the next edition of Deutsch Kochen! and master some of Germany’s finest food.

Europe on Screen

Europe on Screen is an annual movie festival that is initiated and organized by the European Union (EU) and held in selected cities in Indonesia. Each yearly edition has one or more particular focus themes. The festival also fosters cooperation between the European and Indonesian creative industries as growing economic sectors. As venue partner of the festival, Wisma Jerman will screen a selection of the finest movie productions from member countries of the EU that show the diversity and uniqueness of the union and its member states. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

Open House

The Wisma Jerman Open House is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Frequent visitors of this event can’t wait to join the quiz rally through the Wisma Jerman premises and enjoy some tasty German food. The Open House is an annually held event where the Wisma Jerman opens its doors to the public. Guests are invited to explore the different rooms and stations which offer a range of activities introducing German language and culture and enabling insights in Wisma Jerman’s activities. Visitors can try themselves at German language in trial courses and mini games or seek consultation about living, working or studying in Germany. All in all it’s a fun day with lots of opportunities to learn something new, make new friends and create long lasting memories.

German Swiss Higher Education Fair (GSHEF)

Since 2012, Wisma Jerman is hosting this annual study fair which every year draws the interest of many young people who are eager to learn more about opportunities to study in Germany. Starting in 2015, some Swiss education institutions also joined as participants. Since then the event is known as German-Swiss Higher Education Fair (GSHEF). GSHEF offers comprehensive information for those of you who are planning to study in either Germany or Switzerland by bringing education related institutions and organizations from both countries together in one place. Visitors of GSHEF can obtain information starting from the requirements to enter the European Union, finding the right universities and scholarships up to information regarding the daily life and potential challenges in the new environment in Germany or Switzerland.

German Cinema

German Cinema is an annual Goethe-Institut program which is hosted by Wisma Jerman in Surabaya since 2012. This film festival brings the latest German film productions to the big screen in selected cities in Indonesia. The festival regularly draws large crowds to state of the art cinemas and showcases the quality and variety of the German film. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public!

Science Film Festival (SFF)

The Science Film Festival (SFF) is held in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. For more than a decade already, this Goethe-Institut program successfully raises the interest of Indonesian pupils and students in science by presenting scientific topics with easy to understand explanations, visuals and experiments. It is implemented Indonesia wide in cooperation with a large number of partners and supporters. Thus SFF reaches thousands of young people in cities all over the Indonesian archipelago. In Surabaya Wisma Jerman organizes and implements the festival as the main partner of the Goethe-Institut. SFF is conducted at the room Halle at Wisma Jerman and at selected private and public schools, universities or other venues. If you are interested in having the science film festival visit also your school or venue in Surabaya, you can contact us via email to

Film im Fokus

This format started out with many different external parties approaching Wisma Jerman for a cooperation. Since all of these different parties were somehow involved with the medium film, the idea was born to bring them all together in one event which covers different aspects of the medium film. Last year’s first edition of Film im Fokus featured several screenings and discussions as well as a film music concert and a film workshop over the course of a week. Besides taking a comprehensive look at the medium film, this format also puts an emphasis on collaboration with different partners both local and from abroad. All activities during Film im Fokus are free of charge and open to the public.


Besides initiating and organizing cultural programs, we also offer the opportunity for third parties to use Wisma Jerman’s auditorium Halle for their own event. The room Halle is equipped with a stage, sound system, LCD projector, interactive display, and seating space for up to 80 pax. Something very special is the original Steinway & Sons piano which makes the room Halle the ideal venue for classical concerts and piano recitals. If you are interested and want to learn more about the requirements for the use of room Halle, you can contact us via email to