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Cultural diplomacy platform

The Institut français and its five partners will be launching a Cultural Diplomacy Platform for activities, a European program aiming at developing and strengthening the European Union’s external cultural relations.
The Cultural Diplomacy Platform is a project that assists in the development of the EU’s foreign policies in the realm of culture. By strengthening existing networks and by developing new activities, the purpose of the Platform is to improve and grow relations between the European Union and strategic actors in the field of cultural diplomacy at the international level. It thus enables the EU to take on commitments with regard to different populations and to key actors through cultural diplomacy activities in third world countries.
The Platform thus provides a number of resources, activities – roundtable discussions, conferences, training programs, etc. – on the emergence of European cultural diplomacy. This platform benefits by the support of the European Union following a call for tenders on the part of European institutions within the scope of the partnership Instrument selected by a consortium conducted by the Goethe-Institut, bringing together the British CouncilBOZAREUNIC GlobalEuropean Cultural Foundation and Institut français.


This project follows a series of European Union decisions in an effort to strengthen the role of culture in foreign relations.
The Cultural Diplomacy Platform above all results from recommendations by Preparatory Action on Culture in the European Union’s External Relations, published in 2014. This study, after consulting with a large number of States outside the European Union, helped collect data and analyze their resources, strategies and opinions as to the role and impact of culture in foreign relations. It has led to the publication, for use by the European Commission and European Parliament, of a certain number of recommendations. This research work, conducted particularly by the Institut français within a consortium of eight partners, took part in preparing the joint communication, Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations, presented in June 2016 by Frederica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.
The Cultural Diplomacy Platform relies on this joint Communication, as it provides advice on cultural policy, facilitates networking, rolls out activities with stakeholders in cultural sectors, the Member States and EU delegations, draws up training programs and contributes to the development of EU cultural relations at the international level.
Other calls have been launched concerning European diplomacy in strategic geographic areas, aiming at strengthening European Union diplomacy and assisting European Union delegations in their awareness campaign strategy.


The Cultural Diplomacy website will go on line in the near future. Targeting a wide public, of professionals from the cultural sectors as well as European institutions, it holds a number of resources (studies, articles, websites) on cultural diplomacy. European institutions can access a vast database on activities conducted, contacts and existing programs between the EU and ten of its strategic countries.
The program’s activities will firstly be directed towards ten strategic countries for the EU, namely:
The portal will also enable the public to follow the platform’s activities and the latest news, to strengthen European cultural exchanges with third countries and their citizens.


Following a call for applications, with more than 1,000 applications received, 40 young professionals from the cultural sector, from ten target countries of the European Union, will take part in the first training program, scheduled for October 16-21, 2016, in Valletta.
It will be held in parallel to the 7th Summit on Art and Culture of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), in which young professionals selected by the Platform will also take part.
From different cultural and art sectors, professionals working within NGO’s, public or private cultural institutions, will be able to perfect their knowledge and skills in cultural management through workshops, theme-based exchanges and lectures.
The list of selected participants is provided below.
Five European experts involved in cultural management will lead the training program:
  • Bonet Agusti, Professor at the University of Barcelona
  • Milena Dragićević Šešić, Professor of Cultural Management at the University of Arts of Belgrade; Director of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies, Art, Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans, established at the University of Arts of Belgrade
  • Martin Zierold, Professor of Cultural Management and Cultural Studies at the Karlshochschule International University, in Karlsruhe
  • Philipp Dietachmair, Program Director at the European Cultural Foundation
  • Susan Elizabeth Kay, Researcher and Consultant in the Cultural Sector
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