Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance
News on Cultural Diplomacy
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
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
Interview with Philippe Bischof, the new director of the Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia.swissinfo.ch | 14.03.2018
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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.