Çiğdem Göymen studied English language & literature and Romance languages in Freiburg, and also completed a Film & TV Studies course in London. Even at an early stage of her studies, she undertook a stage-direction internship at the Choreographisches Tanztheater Freiburg, run by Pavel Mikulastik, and spent the following years working, among other stints, in the Dramaturgy department of the Pretty Ugly Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Amanda Miller.
In 2000, she graduated with a Magister Artium in Freiburg and moved to Istanbul, where she designed the Music, Film and Visual Arts programmes at the Goethe Institute in Istanbul until 2009, before being appointed Assistant Director of the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair.
She returned to Germany in 2010 and worked as a freelancer, with roles including script proof-reader for the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and the Komische Oper Berlin, as well as completing an advanced film-production course at the Institut für Schauspiel, Film- und Fernsehberufe (ISFF) in Berlin Mitte. In 2012, she joined the Hamburg-based team of film-maker Fatih Akin, who had been a friend and professional connection since 2003.
She took charge of managing the newly established Folkwang Institute for Pop Music in Bochum in the spring of 2014, and has been the Institute’s Acting Manager since January 2020.
Academic Assistant (Ass. Management)
Hauke Völkel studied Industrial Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts before he startet the mastersprogram of the Intstitute for Pop-Music.
He works as a research assistant at the Institute since 2017.
_Assistant to the Institute’s Management
_Person in charge of the Institute’s Libary
_Website Content Management