Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Silk Roads, named for the network of trade routes from East to West. Photo: milele (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Promoting creativity and heritage

From 17-22 April 2017, UNESCO brought together young women and men from 65 countries along the Silk Roads.

UNESCO | 24.03.2017
Photo: MokshaDolphin (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Education in emergencies and crises

Mobile Learning Week is exploring how technology can improve access to education for refugee children.

UNESCO | 20.03.2017
Photo: sporkist (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Scandinavia on the silver screen

China’s first Nordic Film Festival is taking place from 18 to 26 March 2017 in Beijing.

Danish Culture | 17.03.2017

Cultural Conventions

Christian Schnettelker: bureaucracy, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Christian Schnettelker: bureaucracy, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Bilateral cultural conventions of the Federal Republik of Germany.


Ev. Schuldekanat Schorndorf/Waiblingen, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Ev. Schuldekanat Schorndorf/ Waiblingen, (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Calls for Proposals

Foreign cultural and educational policy (FCEP) is a central element of foreign policy for the Federal Republic of Germany. It forms the "third pillar" of foreign policy alongside political and economic relations. A constant focus of this policy area is to promote multilateral cultural exchange.
The most important tasks of FCEP are to portray contemporary culture, media and research in Germany, as well as to communicate current social, political and cultural discourse. A further aim is to promote access to the German language across the globe. This work enables German culture to be showcased in foreign countries, and at the same time advocates foreign cultures at home. In addition, by strengthening civil societies, FCEP also has a role to play in overcoming and preventing conflicts arising from cultural, religious or ideological differences. In the context of globalisation, foreign cultural and educational policy actively contributes to shaping cultural exchange. With the aim of promoting peaceful coexistence in Europe and across the world, FCEP provides impetus for integrated cultural policies between European countries, and it is instrumental in establishing and supporting sustainable international relations.