We coordinate the promotion of art and cultural projects for the UEFA EURO 2024 supporting programme in Germany.


Football was born as a game and it basically remains a game. But football is also a modern epic, with victories and defeats, with legendary duels where David can defeat Goliath. And football reveals a lot about our culture: it is a test of strength of the most original kind under the most modern competitive conditions, it is wild dance and choreographed tactics, a gambling machine and scientific laboratory at the same time, and in its emotional diversity it is closer to the arts than almost any other force...

Today, this cultural system is closely intertwined with other areas such as entertainment, communication, politics and business. Due to the seemingly boundless appeal of football in a world that has become smaller and closer together as a result of globalisation, a European Football Championship has grown into a gigantic, even global undertaking. A social phenomenon, a mega-event that will put Germany and the whole of Europe at the centre of the art of football for the duration of the tournament in 2024.

But football can also be an instrument of "soft power". A way of acting as a role model and projecting one's own values to the outside world. At the same time, it can mobilise and unite the masses within its own borders. We had nothing less in mind for the arts and culture programme for UEFA EURO 2024!

Philipp Lahm

"I would like to see a spirit of optimism and a new sense of unity at EURO 2024. We want to organise a successful EURO throughout Germany, be good hosts - and also have a positive impact on the community and be a role model for social and environmental sustainability. That is our common task until the final whistle blows - and hopefully beyond!"

Philipp Lahm


When Germany was awarded the contract to host the 2024 European Football Championship, the idea was quickly born to complement this with a cultural programme that would reflect our social values and ignite enthusiasm for UEFA EURO 2024. The Stiftung Fußball & Kultur EURO 2024 gGmbH was established for this purpose.

Our company is a subsidiary of the DFB Cultural Foundation based in Frankfurt am Main and is funded by the German government following a decision by the German Bundestag. We work in close cooperation with the DFB Cultural Foundation, EURO 2024 GmbH, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (BMI) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

Our goal was clear: we are creating a stage for cultural diversity in Germany and throughout Europe, thereby also increasing the anticipation of UEFA EURO 2024 as much as possible. In line with our guiding principle "Touched by football", the sponsored projects are aimed not only at those interested in culture, but also at a broad audience - in other words, everyone who feels touched by football.


Following a recommendation by the Programme Council, which carried out the artistic evaluation of the applications received, the Supervisory Board, chaired by Claudia Roth, decided on the approval of the funding applications. The other members of the Supervisory Board are

Claudia Roth

Minister of State
for Culture and Media

Dr Göttrik Wewer

DFB Cultural Foundation

Bernd Neuendorf

President of the
German Football Association

Martin Kallen

Managing Director
UEFA Events SA

Philipp Lahm

Tournament Director

Juliane Seifert

State Secretary at the
Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs

Daniela Schneckenburger

German Association of Cities

Stephan Grunwald

DFB Treasurer


The ten-member Programme Council took on the task of artistically evaluating the applications at jury meetings in each funding round. The committee then submitted its recommendations to our Supervisory Board, thereby defining the programme content in accordance with our funding guidelines. The members of the Programme Council are

Josephine Henning

Artist and designer; former German national football player

Albert Ostermaier

Writer; goalkeeper of the German national authors' team

Tülin Duman

Queer and human rights activist; member of "F_in" - Network Women in Football

Nezaket Ekici

Visual artist specialising in performance

Birgitt Glöckl

Managing Director German Academy for Football Culture

Oke Göttlich

Chairman of the Board of the Association of Independent Music Companies; President of FC St. Pauli

Ulrich Khuon

Former artistic director of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin

Shary Reeves

Author, journalist, presenter, actress and former footballer

Birger Schmidt

Project manager of Lernort Stadion e.V.; initiator and director of the football film festival "11mm"

Jörg Stüdemann

City Treasurer and Alderman in Dortmund; Member of the Board of Trustees of the German Football Museum


We can be contacted during business hours Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and at any time by e-mail.

Bernhard Gutowski
Managing Director

0170 - 571 06 10

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Torben Carstensen
Project Management Cultural Projects

0170 - 571 06 06

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Lena Dröber
Assistant to the management

0170 - 571 06 04

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Thomas Friedland
Head of Programme Coordination

0170 - 571 06 10

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Marc Kennedy
Head of Media & Communication

0170 - 571 06 05

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Laura Marziano
Project Management Cultural Projects

0170 - 571 06 07

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Joachim Vogel
Head of Finance & Administration

0170 - 571 06 03

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As a subsidiary of the DFB Cultural Foundation, we work closely with EURO 2024 GmbH, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland (BMI) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

DFB Cultural Foundation


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EURO 2024


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Federal Ministry
of the Interior
and for Home Affairs


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The Commissioner

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for Culture and the Media


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