Exploring the present together: Whether student HKW enthusiasts or long-time connoisseurs who want to get involved in culture, couples or single folks – people interested in art, music and discourse come together in HKW Friends. Become part of the community as a Friend, Sponsor or Patron! With your annual fee you enable educational programs, special offers for children and teenagers as well as HKW’s cultural and academic projects. As a thank you, you’ll be entitled to very special offers: from free admission to exhibitions and discounted tickets to selected events, to previews and curator-guided tours, to excursions to cultural events. Welcome to the world of untamed thought!

The Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V. has supported HKW with ideas, communications and funding since 1994. It enables important special projects such as the Arriving in Berlin app, a digital mapping platform in German, English, Farsi, French, Arabic and Sorani with helpful locations for newcomers to Berlin. It supports artist editions, guided tours and educational programs for kids and teens and much more. Furthermore, the association took the initiative to restore Henry Moore’s Butterfly sculpture. From 2020, the Junge Freundeskreis will expand the association’s program with a special offer for people under 30.


Exclusive events, programs and discounts for Friends

As a member of the Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V. and Friend of HKW, we offer you annual benefits in the form of exclusive events and programs and some discounts.

Membership fees

Fee regulations of the association Verein der Freunde Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Individual membership80 € (annually)
Reduced-price membership¹40 € (annually)
Double membership for 2 persons²145 € (annually)
  • Invitations to previews with tours guided by curators and/or the director
  • Free admission to HKW exhibitions
  • Invitation to the presentation of the annual program by the director
  • Participation in excursions (not including travel costs)
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • 5% discount on HKW publications
  • 25% discount on festival passes for HKW music festivals

¹ Schoolchildren, students and apprentices (under 30), severely disabled persons, retirees and unemployed persons
² Partners, spouses, friends, family members, co-workers, etc. – discover the cultural landscape of HKW and beyond together

Sponsoring membership500 € (annually)
Double membership for 2 persons900 € (annually)

Additional benefits compared to an individual membership

  • Free admission to HKW exhibitions for you and your companion
  • 10% discount on HKW publications
  • 25% discount on festival passes for HKW music festivals
  • Invitation to studio visits
  • Behind the scenes visitsas

Patron/Company membershipMore details on request
Gift certificate for a limited annual membership
Individual membership80 €
Reduced-price membership40 €
Sponsoring membership500 €

Bank account:
You can transfer your fee by standing order or one-time transfer to the following account:

IBAN: DE66100700240124199100
Bank: Deutsche Bank Berlin

You can use this form to set up a SEPA direct debit by mail. Simply print it out and send it to the following address:

Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V.
Dr. Lena Maculan
c/o Haus der Kulturen der Welt John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt
in the version dated November 5, 2019

Article 1 Name and headquarters

The association bears the name

Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

After being entered in the register of associations, it has the addition of “eingetragener Verein” (registered association), in the abbreviated version “e.V.”.

The association is based in Berlin.

Article 2 Purpose of the association

The association exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “tax-privileged purposes” of the tax code (AO) by promoting art and culture.

The purpose of the association is to promote cultural and scholarly events and other projects at Haus der Kulturen der Welt with the participation of artists, scholars, politicians and economists and at the same time to intensify a lively dialogue between the cultures of Europe and the world outside of Europe.

Article 3 Association activity

The association fulfills its mission primarily by financially supporting events and publications of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which is a division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB). KBB is recognized as non-profit within the meaning of Sections 51 ff. of the tax code (AO).

Furthermore, the association fulfills its mission by holding its own events (lectures, symposia, film festivals) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

In Germany, Europe and the countries of origin of guests of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), the association Members are committed to an exchange of experience and information between HKW and institutions and prominent figures in culture, academics, politics and industry.

The association’s funds shall only be used for statutory purposes that are exclusively and directly charitable. The association works selflessly. The Members shall not receive any payments from the association’s funds.

The association shall not primarily pursue its own economic purposes. The association may not favor any person through expenditures that are alien to the purpose of the association or through disproportionately high remuneration.

Article 4 Entry in the register of associations

The association shall be entered in the association register.

Article 5 Membership 1

Natural persons and legal entities under public and private law in Germany and abroad who support the goals of the association can be Members of the association.

Membership is created by joining the association.

The declaration of membership must be submitted in writing.

Acceptance shall be decided upon by the Committee. Admission becomes effective when a written declaration of admission is issued.

The refusal of admission by the Committee is not contestable.

There is no entitlement to admission.

Article 6 Resignation of Members

Members are entitled to leave the association.

Resignation is only permitted at the end of a calendar year with a notice period of three months.

The resignation shall be declared to the Committee in writing. To comply with the notice period (Article 6, no. 2) timely receipt of the resignation declaration by a member of the Committee is required.

Article 7 Exclusion of Members

Membership can also end through exclusion.

Exclusion from the association is only permissible for good cause.

The General Meeting decides on the exclusion at the request of the Committee.

The Committee must notify the Member to be excluded in writing of its application at least two weeks before the meeting.

A detailed written statement by the Member shall be read aloud in the meeting deciding on the exclusion.

The exclusion of a Member shall take effect immediately when the resolution is passed.

If the Member was not present when the resolution was passed, the Member shall be informed of the exclusion immediately in writing.

Article 8 Cancellation of Membership

A Member also leaves the association when membership is canceled.

Membership shall be canceled if the Member is more than nine months behind with the annual fee and does not pay this fee in full even after a written reminder by the Committee within three months of its being sent. The reminder must be sent by registered letter to the last address of the Member known to the association.

The imminent cancellation of membership must be indicated in the reminder.

The reminder is also effective if the letter is returned as undeliverable.

Membership is canceled by a resolution of the Committee, which does not have to be made known to the Member concerned.

Article 9 Membership fee

A membership fee shall be paid.

The General Meeting determines the amount of the membership fee.

The fee is payable in full annually until March 31 of the current year.

There is no admission fee.

Article 10 Organs of the association

Organs of the association are

a) the General Meeting

b) the Committee

Article 11 Calling the General Meeting

The General Meeting shall be called if the interests of the association so require.

An annual ordinary General Meeting shall take place, held within the first three months of the calendar year.

An extraordinary General Meeting shall be called if one-quarter of the Members request it in writing, stating the purpose and reasons.

In the ordinary annual General Meeting, the Committee shall present an annual report and an annual statement to the General Meeting and the meeting shall pass a resolution on the discharge of the Committee.

Article 12 Form of calling

The General Meeting shall be called in writing by the Committee with a notice period of at least two weeks.

The calling of the meeting must specify the subject of the resolution (= agenda).

The period begins on the day the invitation is sent to the last known Member address. The day of dispatch and the day of the meeting are not included in the calculation of the deadline.

Article 13 Quorum

The Committee shall lead the meeting. Minutes signed by the chair and secretary shall be drawn up on the resolutions of the General Meeting.

Each duly called General Meeting has a quorum.

In order to pass a resolution on the dissolution of the association, the presence of two-thirds of the association’s Members is required.

If a General Meeting called to pass a resolution on the dissolution of the association in accordance with Article 3 is not quorate, another General Meeting with the same agenda must be called within four weeks from the day of the meeting. The next meeting may take place no earlier than two months after the first day of the meeting, but must in any case take place no later than four months after this point in time.

The invitation to the further meeting must contain a reference to the simplified quorum (Article 6).

The new meeting to pass a resolution on the dissolution of the association has a quorum regardless of the number of association Members present.

Article 14 Resolution

Voting shall be done by show of hands. At the request of at least five of those present, voting may be done secretly in writing.

The majority of the Members present decides on the resolution.

A majority of three-quarters of the Members present is required for a resolution that contains an amendment to the Statutes.

To change the purpose of the association (Article 2 of the Statutes), the consent of all Members is required. The consent of the Members who do not appear must be in writing.

A majority of four-fifths of the Members present is required to pass a resolution on the dissolution of the association (Section 41 of the BGB).

Abstentions count as “no” votes for the majority of the Members present (Articles 2, 3 and 5).

Article 15 Committee

The Committee consists of the following members:

  • the 1st chairperson
  • the 2nd chairperson
  • the treasurer
  • the secretary

Furthermore, the respective director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH) is a member of the Committee by virtue of office.

The Committee shall consist of the persons listed under Article 15 no. 1 according to Section 26 of the BGB. The association is jointly represented in and out of court by two Committee members in accordance with Article 15 no. 1.

The Committee members according to Article 15 no. 1 are appointed for a period of three years by resolution of the General Meeting. The Committee members remain in office until the next Committee is appointed in accordance with the Statutes.

Article 16 Dissolution of the Association

The association can be dissolved by resolution of the General Meeting.

The liquidation shall be carried out by the Committee.

If the association is dissolved, the association’s assets shall go to Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (division Haus der Kulturen der Welt), which shall use them directly and exclusively for charitable purposes (promotion of art and culture).

About this site

Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e.V.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


Dr. Lena Maculan, chair
Marie M. Warburg, MD, 2nd chair
Dr. Yvette Mutumba, secretary
Dr. Anna Blume Huttenlauch, treasurer
Prof. Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, director of HKW

Register court
District Court of Charlottenburg

Register number
VR 15215 B

Tax ID
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, 27/680/53249

Internet presence
Lena Maculan is responsible for the content. Responsible according to Section 55 (2) RStV:

Lena Maculan
c/o Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Image rights
Title image and About this site: Sebastian Bolesch
Statutes: Jakob Hoff
Privacy Policy: Stephanie Pilick
Contact: Silke Briel

Copy editing
Daniel Neugebauer, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Eva Stein, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Marine Lucina, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Translation into English
Faith Ann Gibson

Design & layout
NODE Berlin Oslo

Systemantics – Lutz Issler

Subject to changes.

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Section 1 Information about the collection of personal data

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  • Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e. V. is the Controller according to Art. 4 (7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


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You have the right, for reasons that arise from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you, which is based on Article 6 (1) f GDPR (data collection for the purposes of the legitimate interests); this also applies to profiling based on these provisions. The objection means that we no longer process this personal data, unless we can prove compelling legitimate reasons for the processing that outweigh your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

The objection can be made either by sending a message to the contact option described above or by e-mail to info [​at​]

Freundeskreis Haus der Kulturen der Welt e. V., March 2020

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