Cultural institutes

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Madrid is an open, cosmopolitan city with a host of cultural venues aimed at breaking barriers and building bridges between Spain and other countries. In them you can learn foreign languages and attend all kinds of cultural activities: conferences, exhibitions, discussion panels, and so on.

It offers a quality cultural programme at its impressive headquarters in the Cariátides Building, in the Salesas neighbourhood.

The headquarters for German culture in Madrid is in the traditional Chamberí district.

Training, debates, exhibitions and shows at the cultural centre of France in Madrid.

A seventeenth century manor, renovated in the nineteenth century according to taste, which now houses the Italian Cultural Institute.

The headquarters of Mexican literature and art are found at this institution, which links Mexico and Spain culturally.

Institute dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and culture.

Cultural centre tasked with promoting Chinese language and culture throughout the world.

Space for a meeting of Spanish and Korean culture. This center will be closed temporarily from 2 march as a precautionary mesasure in response to the Covid-29 virus.

The spectacular Palacio de Linares hosts all kinds of events and, according to legend, is home to a ghost.  CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Organizes different activities with the objective of strengthening knowledge and dialogue on Asia in Spain

A meeting point between Spain and the Arab world, this cultural institution hosts exhibitions, films, talks among other activities.

Cultural space for cultural and knowledge exchange between Spain and Mexico, in Chamberí.

Cultural embassy for Jewish communities from all over the world, especially the Sephardim community.

Private cultural institution which houses The Martyrdom of St. Andrew painting by Rubens

This space, located in the Sol/Gran Vía area, is responsible for raising awareness about Catalan culture in Madrid.

Association specialised in French courses for all: adults, children, teenagers and companies.

A point of reference with Persian culture and contemporary Iranian creation.

This residence hall founded in 1960 focuses on the interaction of language and culture of other countries.


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