Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Grand Tour 2017 for an atmosphere of openness and mutual understanding. Photo: COD Newsroom (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

A year of the French language

In a time of nationalism and identitarian closure, Grand Tour 2017 seeks to engender an atmosphere of openness and mutual understanding.

France Diplomatie | 20.02.2017
Photo: Bankenverband – Bundesverband deutscher Banken (CC0 1.0) via Flickr

Life after Brexit

Arts, science and education experts from across Europe discuss the long-term impact of Brexit in a new conference series.

British Council | 15.02.2017

Press Review

Sport can be 'soft' power for Scotland | 07.02.2017

Govt lifts 'ban' on Indian movies

Pakistan government allowing Indian movies in Pakistan after approval. | 31.01.2017

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

Calls for Proposals

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.