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

Can South Africa rebrand itself? | 24.04.2018

Literary diplomacy | 22.04.2018

First Lady Diplomacy | 20.04.2018

Branding the Land of Ice and Fire | 19.04.2018

Three steps to science diplomacy success | 18.04.2018

The Stumbling Block to China's Soft Power | 17.04.2018

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


25.04.2018 to 29.04.2018 | Barcelona
Barcelona International Dance Exchange 2018
Conference for Dancers, Choreographers and Cultural Managers linked to institutions and dance organizations. Deadline: 16.03.2018
25.04.2018 to 27.04.2018 | Turnhout
Shortcut Europe 2018 : "Exploring Cultural Spaces"
Topics: Advocacy,contemporary societies, ECoC, networking, sharing knowledge, smart territories, territorial development
26.04.2018 | Vienna
Changing Politics – Changing Cultures
One-day European Cultural Policy Symposium

Calls for Proposals

26.04.2018 |
Creative Europe - MEDIA - Training
Creative Europe - MEDIA Sub-programme. Deadline for submitting applications: 26.04.2018
30.04.2018 |
DW Akademie: Master's Program International Media Studies
Four-semester, full-time program for Media Manager and Journalists. End of Application is 30 April.
30.04.2018 |
Goethe-Institut : International Coproduction Fund
Deadlines for projects beginning in 2018: October 30, 2017 and April 30, 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.