The Heinrich-Boell-Foundation is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the German political party “Alliance 90/The Greens” (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). It is funded mainly by the German Ministry of Development and Economic Co-operation (BMZ). With its central office in Berlin, the foundation is organized on a regional, federal basis; its legal status and staff is independent of the political party. Located in the city of Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Schleswig-Holstein organizes manifold events in further education such as symposia, lecture series and seminars. Activities in the field of culture and artistic exchange as a contribution to intercultural dialogue are among the foundation’s central tasks.
The Foundation’s primary objective is to support civic education and promote democratic participation, socio-political activism and cross-cultural understanding. On an international level, the foundation advocates respect between people of different origins, cultural and/or gender identities, and political viewpoints.
In 2008 the Project Office “radius of art” within the Heinrich- Boell-Foundation organised the “Culture Weeks Middle East”, a month-long program of events in the realms of literature, theatre and music, as well as colloquia, lectures and debates. Many local institutions in the fields of culture, religion and politics participated in the organising process, numerous guests from the region were invited to Kiel. As a further complement of the project “radius of art” the office organised the residency program “research-based art // art-based research” which also took place in 2008 in cooperation with international partners from six euromed countries. Planned activities for 2009 are various culture projects with a focus on Palestine and a follow-up project for the residency program.