Foreign Cultural Policy at a glance

News on Cultural Diplomacy

The Scottish flag. Photo: itmpa (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Scotland’s cultural strategy

The Scottish Government’s plan of action for the coming year includes measures to support culture and exchange. 

Scottish Government | 18.09.2018
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From Wales to the world

A new report is calling for Welsh arts and culture to be better promoted to international markets through showcasing activities.

ifa / Arts Council of Wales | 13.09.2018
Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

For a stronger creative economy

A new UK programme supports the development of enterprise skills and the creative economy across seven countries.

British Council | 10.09.2018

Press Review

Is it time to call an end to biennials? | 15.09.2018

Forget Hearts and Minds

Soft Power vs. Hard Power | 14.09.2018

Wales urged to overhaul international arts promotion | 12.09.2018

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


26.09.2018 | Bucharest
Beyond EYCH2018. What is the cultural horizon? Opening up perspectives to face ongoing transformations
The 26th ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy.
26.09.2018 to 28.09.2018 | Ilmenau
Journalism across borders
Joint Conference of the Journalism Studies Division and the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
04.10.2018 to 07.10.2018 | Darmstadt
The Global Composition 2018
Conference on Sound, ecology, and media culture

Calls for Proposals

17.09.2018 to 31.12.2019 |
Artists at Risk
Artists at Risk is initiated as a platform and network to support persecuted art practitioners in times of need. Urgent applications at any time
23.09.2018 | Leipzig
ECPMF Journalists-in-Residence Programme Turkey
The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom provides temporary shelter for Turkish journalists at risk. Deadline: 23.09.2018
28.09.2018 |
Call for Submissions "WimmelResearch-Fellowship"
The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage artists and researchers to shape new future-oriented concepts together. Deadline: 28.09.2018

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.