Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

Typical street scene in Cartagena. Photo: Reg Natarajan (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Spain comes to Colombia

Until mid-2019, Spain is presenting its culture to audiences in Colombia, for example at the Cartagena International Film Festival.

Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action | 16.02.2018
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

Press Review

The soft power of the arts | 15.03.2018

Finnish Education: A Pillar of the Nation Brand | 15.03.2018

"We must not impose politics on the artists' work"

Interview with Philippe Bischof, the new director of the Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia. | 14.03.2018

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


22.03.2018 to 24.03.2018 | Washington, D.C.
Max Weber Conference 2018: Settlement and Unsettlement – The Ends of World War I and their Legacies
Call for Papers Deadline: 31 March 2017.
23.03.2018 to 26.03.2018 | Kőszeg
Interpret Europe Conference 2018
The conference is part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
25.03.2018 to 27.03.2018 | Plovdiv
Conference - cultural heritage for a more sustainable Europe
Conference in Bulgaria in relation to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Calls for Proposals

25.03.2018 |
Reporters in the Field
Grant for your cross-border research. Next deadline for applications: 25. March 2018.
25.03.2018 | Breslau, Berlin und Brüssel
EPRIE 2018: 'Media in times of populism and post-truth politics – challenges and opportunities'
EPRIE 2018 will be held from June 27 to July 8 in Poland, Germany, and Belgium. Application deadline will be on March 25
29.03.2018 |
Open call: Tandem Shaml 2018-2019
Cultural exchange programme for cultural managers from Europe and the Arab region. Application deadline: 29.03.2018 

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.