Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Microphone at the ready: Creative New Zealand will increase investments over the next two years. Photo: (CC0 1.0) via Flickr

More money for New Zealand’s arts organisations

Creative New Zealand will invest NZ$24 million in arts organisations over the next two years.

Creative New Zealand | 02.08.2017
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
The MEPs recommend an EU programme on international mobility and exchange for young artists. Photo: kohlmann.sascha (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Culture to get a bigger role in EU diplomacy

The European Parliament has agreed on an EU strategy for international cultural relations.

European Parliament | 13.07.2017

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


22.11.2017 to 24.11.2017 | Valletta
Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity
The conference explores the interplay between cultural diplomacy, place branding and liveability, particularly in light of large public events such as the European Capital of Cultu...
22.11.2017 to 24.11.2017 | Rijeka
Participatory Governance in Culture
Conference in Rijeka, Croatia. Deadline for submission of paper presentation and panel proposals: 15. July 2017. 
22.11.2017 to 24.11.2017 | Rijeka, Croatia
Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER.
Conference as a part of the "Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions" project supported by UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity.

Calls for Proposals

29.10.2017 to 25.01.2018 | Baar, Swizerland
Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) Academic Training and Research program
Applicants could choose International Academic Training Program or 3 Month CAS-Research program. Deadline for Applications: 7. August 2017
19.11.2017 |
The Global Governance Futures – Apply to be a GGF Fellow
Robert Bosch Foundation  is bringing together exceptional young professionals from different professional sectors. Deadline for application is 19. November.
15.12.2017 | Berlin
Theatertreffen 2018 by Berliner Festspiele
International Forum: Open Call 2018. Deadline for applications 15.12.2017.

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.