External Cultural Relations

Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy: New Models for the 21st Century

The fifty-four participants of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 490 on “Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy” met at an auspicious moment in the evolution of international cultural engagement. As comment after comment at the Seminar made clear, there is a palpable sense of opportunity in the field. The tone and texture of cultural discourse, the range of included voices in creative practices, the organizational and technological infrastructure for conducting transnational cultural exchanges, are all undergoing a sea change—and generally for the better.

Report – “International Artistic Mobility and Territorial diplomacy"

This seminar grouped together 50 professionals from the cultural sector – policymakers, researchers, cultural operators, artists, institutional representatives and consultants from both sides of the Mediterranean (20 countries including 8 countries from the South – , Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic , Denmark, Egypt , Finland, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria , Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom ).
This debate bought to the fore five themes:
1.Mobility and Periphy

Influence and attraction: Culture and the race for soft power in the 21st century.

A new report from the British Council investigates how and why ‘soft power’ is becoming more important in international relations – and why countries such as China, Korea and Brazil are making huge investments in it.

Download the full report here.

European external cultural relations - Expectations from the outside. Conference report

On 12 December 2012 around 80 experts from the fields of European cultural affairs and (European) external cultural relations, including representatives of cultural institutions and members of academia, met at the conference “European external cultural relations: Expectations from the outside” in order to discuss the perceptions and expectations for European external cultural relations from the outside, in particular in countries in Asia and Africa, since many European cultural co-operation projects focus on those regions.

Shifting Economic Power: New Horizons for Cultural Exchange in our Multi-Polar World

White Paper distributed in preparation for discussion at the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 490 on "Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy," about the changing distribution of wealth among nations and how it transforms the ways in which actors in the arts and culture sector engage with each other across the planet.

More Cultural Europe in the World - presentation

Damien Helly's presentation of the study he conducted for More Europe - external cultural relations, delivered at the More Europe - One Year On event on December 4, 2012.

More Cultural Europe in the World

The study commissionned by More Europe - external cultural relations and conducted by Damien Helly, visiting professor at the College of Europe, throughout 2011.

Culture et identité Européenne

Speech delivered by M. Xavier Darcos, President of the Institut français, at the More Europe seminar in Paris on the 23rd of May 2012, addressing the role of culture in the European Union's external relations.

Culture's role in the European Union's external relations

Speech delivered by European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the First International Culture Summit in Edinburgh on the 13th of August 2012, adressing the role of culture in the European Union's external relations.


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