Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

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65 percent of Africa’s population is under 35. Photo: Mark Fischer (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Africa's creative and cultural industries

A conference in South Africa aims to show how the African creative economy is developing and the role it could take in the future.

South African Cultural Observatory | 24.05.2017
Photo: Dmitry Dzhus (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Return to normalcy

Leading science organisations recommend identifying researchers among war refugees and helping them get back to work.

UNESCO | 23.05.2017
Photo: Dwonderwall (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Enhanced cooperation

EU stakeholders join forces to ensure synergies in advancing cultural cooperation outside the EU.

European Commission | 19.05.2017

Press Review

Appeal to the new government: maintain an international perspective

International cultural policy for the Netherlands | 19.05.2017

Egypt's image and the country's soft power | 17.05.2017

China's Big Bet on Soft Power | 11.05.2017

A "World Without Walls" Doesn’t Look Promising | 08.05.2017

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.