Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Under Secretary Irwin Steven Goldstein. Photo: US Department of State

New Under Secretary

US President Trump appointed communications and marketing executive to head public diplomacy and public affairs.

US Department of State / VOA | 07.12.2017
Parallel to the European Culture Forum, a Game Jam is taking place. Photo by Caspar Rubin on Unsplash

Milan hosts European Culture Forum

On 7 and 8 December, key players in the cultural sectors will debate on EU culture policy and initiatives.

European Commission | 06.12.2017
Photo: Yooperann (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) via Flickr

Germany tops the Nation Brands Index

Germany is the leader in the Nation Brands Index, followed by France, the United Kingdom and Canada.

German Foreign Federal Office | 21.11.2017

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


24.01.2018 to 25.01.2018 | Barcelona
Cross-Cultural Communication Conference
Research Conference.
01.02.2018, 00:00 h to 02.02.2018, 00:00 h | Wolfenbüttel
Cultural Policy for Arts Education. A first African-European Exchange
Research Atelier hosted by the University of Hildesheim in cooperation with the Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel.
12.02.2018 to 16.02.2018 | New York
Cultural Study Trip to New York City
7th ENCATC International Study Tour & 7th ENCATC Academy on Cultural Relations and Diplomacy.

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
28.01.2018 |
n-ost Reportage Prize
Reward journalists for outstanding stories from countries in Eastern and South-east Europe. Deadline for entries is Sunday, 28 January 2018.
01.02.2018 | London
Fourteenth Workshop on Early Modern German History
Call for Applications. Deadline: 1. Februar 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.