Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

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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


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
27.09.2017 to 30.09.2017 | Brussels
25th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy
Theme of the ENCATC Congress 2017 is "Click, Connect and Collaborate! New directions in sustaining cultural networks". 
29.09.2017 | Grenoble
1st International Forum CREATIVE MOBILITIES 2017
Call for papers: deadline for sending the suggestions is August 10th, 2017

Calls for Proposals

26.09.2017 |
Study on improving knowledge about illicit trade in cultural goods in the EU
Time limit for receipt of tenders: 26.09.2017
27.09.2017 |
Call: The 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalists Awards
Journalists and photographers of the 42 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean can apply now. Deadline: 27th September 2017
30.09.2017 |
TAMTEEN support programme
The Roberto Cimetta Fund is running a funding line TAMTEEN till 30 september to support the strengthening and sustainability of organisations and artists collectives from the Ara...

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.