Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Photo: Kingsway School (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

March for Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) urges scientists and the public to stand up and be a force for science.

American Association for the Advancement of Science | 21.04.2017
Increased trade between Australia and Korea is one of the drivers behind the Korean-Australian Studies Centre. Photo: kees torn (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Australia and Korea strengthen ties

A Korean studies program and centre is being developed for the University of South Australia.

Australia-Korea Foundation | 19.04.2017
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 to 22 April 2017, UNESCO is bringing together young women and men from 65 countries along the Silk Roads.

UNESCO | 17.04.2017

Press Review

Indian cultural centre opens in Vietnam | 21.04.2017

Q&A With CPD: Joseph S. Nye, Jr. | 18.04.2017

Citizen Diplomacy and Soft Power | 17.04.2017

Abu Dhabi culture forum ends on digital note | 14.04.2017

Egypt's soft power in the Arab world | 12.04.2017

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.