News on Cultural Diplomacy

Pafos: European Capital of Culture for 2017. Photo: Steve Parker (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Pafos 2017: Weekend of festivities

The city of Pafos in Cyprus is one of the two European Capitals of Culture for 2017, alongside Aarhus. A weekend of activities are ringing in Pafos2017.

Pafos2017 | 27.01.2017
Logo of the 2017 Maltese EU Presidency

Cultural programme for Malta EU2017

rEUnion is theme of the cultural programme for the 2017 Maltese EU Presidency. Citizen participation is highly encourage for some events.

Arts Council Malta | 25.01.2017
The old town hall in Wrocław, a symbol of the city. Photo: Guillaume Speurt (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

A new role for the Wrocław 2016 office

The 2016 European Capital of Culture Wrocław may have passed the baton on to Aarhus and Pafos, but the office that organised the event will continue to operate.

Wrocław 2016 | 23.01.2017
"Your Rainbow Panorama" atop the ARoS Museum is a symbol of Aarhus. Photo: Marcus Hansson (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Countdown to the opening of Aarhus 2017

The opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 tomorrow, 21 January, will be one of Denmark’s largest community participation events.

Aarhus 2017 | 20.01.2017
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur Literature Festival now in its tenth year

Over the next five days, some 330,000 people are expected to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival, which touts itself as the world’s largest free event of its kind.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival | 19.01.2017
The harp, a symbol for Ireland. Photo: Éamonn (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Culture Ireland invests in US activities

In total, Culture Ireland will provide €1 million to Irish artists to showcase their work in the United States throughout 2017. The Irish Arts Centre in New York is also set to benefit from a further €1 million.

Culture Ireland | 16.01.2017
Palmyra: under risk of destruction. Photo: yeowatzup (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Protecting cultural heritage from destruction and trafficking

A Council of Europe colloquy aimed at strengthening cooperation to protect cultural heritage is taking place in Strasbourg on 13 January.

Council of Europe | 12.01.2017
Image: Tim Morgan (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Before they are lost: Endangered languages

UNESCO attended the European Language Diversity Forum, which was organized as one of the affiliated events to the European Capital of Culture 2016.

UNESCO | 10.01.2017
Photo: pedrosimoes7 (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Report serves as a point of references for urban areas

Culture has the power to make cities more prosperous, safer and sustainable, according to UNESCO's Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development 'Culture: Urban Future', which includes over 100 case studies.

UNESCO | 05.01.2017
Photo: NazarethCollege (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

British students want to keep Erasmus+ and exchange schemes

An overwhelming number of young people in the UK want to see international exchange schemes such as Erasmus+ protected as the country prepares to leave the European Union. The British Council has therefore called for an Open Brexit.

British Council | 03.01.2017