Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

UK/Germany 2018 season starts with a launch party. Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

UK/Germany 2018 season

A year-long celebration of Britain and Germany's friendship and cultural connection launches today with a party in Berlin.

British Council | 14.02.2018
Flag of Poland. Photo: Kpalion, Public Domain, via Wikipedia

Poland celebrates centennial and more

Aside from POLSKA 100, two Polish personalities are also being honoured in 2018.

Adam Mickiewicz Institute | 12.02.2018
Photo by Rui Silvestre on Unsplash

Fewer students go to the UK

Global outbound student mobility to slow over the next decade, forecasts new British Council research. 

British Council | 06.02.2018

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


11.03.2018 to 14.03.2018 | Kuala Lumpur
MOBILE MINDS: Culture, Knowledge and Change
MOBILE MINDS: Culture, Knowledge and Change will be the theme of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture to be held in Kuala Lumpur.
14.03.2018 to 15.03.2018 | Zürich
ZurichEduCaExpo 2018 – 2nd International Education and Career Exhibition
Call for Exhibitors, Final Application and Payment Deadline: 15th February 2018
20.03.2018 | Brussels
Innovation and Cultural Heritage
High-level Horizon 2020 conference of The European Year of Cultural Heritage

Calls for Proposals

23.02.2018 |
Agora Journalism Center announces "Finding Common Ground" open call
 The project aims to achieve cross-border collaboration with engagement practitioners in the media. Apply before February 23.
01.03.2018 |
Support for Film Education 2018
Creative Europe - MEDIA Sub-programme. Deadline for submission of applications: 01.03.2018
06.03.2018 |
Support to International Coproduction funds - 2018
Creative Europe - MEDIA - Co-production funds. Deadline for submission: 06.03.2018

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.