Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Duke of Yorks Picturehouse. Photo: Jake Hills (CC BY 2.0) via Unsplash

LUX finalists announced

The three films competing for the 2017 LUX Film Prize are: "BMP" (Beats per minute), "Sámi blood" and "Western".

European Parliament | 25.07.2017
Aarhus 2017

More than a million visitors thus far

The European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 exceeds even the most optimistic forecasts.

Aarhus 2017 | 21.07.2017
MIAConnects supports musicians in African countries affected by conflict. Photo: limaoscarjuliet (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Making sure the music plays on

A new project from the Music In Africa Foundation supports music professionals in African countries affected by conflict.

Music In Africa Foundation | 18.07.2017

Selective Bibliography

ifa Library, reading room; photo: ifa / Honzera
ifa Library, reading room; photo: ifa / Honzera

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


08.08.2017 to 09.08.2017 | Nilai, Malaysia
ICIMaC 2017: "Muslim Identity, Media, and Culture"
International Conference on Islam, Media and Communication. Deadline for abstract submission: 2. June 2017
11.08.2017 to 08.11.2017 | Baar, Switzerland
Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) Summer Academy and Research program
Applicants could choose either 10 - 20 days Summer Academy or 3 Month CAS-Research program. Deadline for Applications: 01 June 2017
24.08.2017 to 01.09.2017 | Hildesheim
Arts Rights Justice Academy and Conference 2017
hosted and organised by the UNESCO Chair 'Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development' at the University of Hildesheim.

Calls for Proposals

31.07.2017 | Berlin
Berlin Writing Prize 2017
Win a one-month writing residency in Berlin sponsored by epubli, The British Council, Elsewhere Journal and Berlin stationer RSVP. Closing date: 31 July
31.07.2017 | Berlin
Rest and Refuge Scholarship
Reporters without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation invite two journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.
15.09.2017 |
German Chancellor Fellowship for tomorrow's leaders
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow – from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. Application deadline: 15.09.2017

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.