Institute for Cultural Diplomacy – upcoming programmes


For those interested in international cultural diplomacy:

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is pleased to announce four programs taking place in Berlin, February 2009. All programs are currently accepting applications.

  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy programs- February 2009:
  • The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy ( 2 – 6 February 2009)
  • Europe Meets Latin America: A Forum for Young Leaders ( 9 – 13 February 2009)
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders (16 – 20 February 2009)
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (23 – 27 February 2009)

The ICD is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the theoretical and practical promotion of cultural exchange as a tool for improving relations in all areas. To learn more about our activity, please visit

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Internship opportunities for young cultural policy researchers


Dig policy in a serious way, and looking to get experience internationally? Does the mere mention of ‘Brussels’ send a shiver of pleasure down your spine? The European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC, of which we at UCD are members) have recently distributed a bulletin listing a number of internship/traineeship opportunities available across Europe. A sample:

  • Traineeship at the European Commission in Brussels
  • Cultural Diplomacy Latin America Internship in Berlin
  • Orchestral Tours Internship in London
  • European Commission Delegation to the UN in New York

See the bulletin for details of all opportunities and application information.

Cultural Policy Research Award 2008 – Call for Applications

ENCATC calls for Applications

The European Cultural Foundation, the Riksbankens Jublileumsfond and the European Network of Cultural Administration and Training Centres (ENCATC) call for applications for the 5th Cultural Policy Research Award 2008. The winner of the CPR Award 2008, worth Euro 10,000, will be publicly announced on the 16th of October at the International ENCATC Annual Conference taking place in Lyon, France.

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EU Culture ministers adopt ‘European agenda for culture’

eu_flag_star.jpgAnother petal unfolds from the flower of EU cultural bureaucracy (er, policy). In a nutshell, EU Cultural Ministers have accepted the topics for discussion proposed by EC Commission on Culture: (1) promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; (2) promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity in the framework of the Lisbon Strategy for growth, employment, innovation and competitiveness; (3) promotion of culture as a vital element in the Union’s international relation. Now that we’ve moved from talking about talking, to agreeing what will be talked about, the next step is… more talks? Hmm.

The European Forum for Arts and Heritage has more:

Education, Youth and Culture Council, Brussels, 15-16th November 2007

During their November meeting, the European Ministers of Culture adopted the objectives and instruments proposed by the European Commission in its Communication on Culture. The Council resolution on the ‘European agenda for culture’ brings to a close the long consultation process and opens up some new perspectives for cultural policy developments at EU level.

Following difficult negotiations between EU Member States, and a large-scale consultation exercise with civil society representatives in Lisbon last September, the EU finally agreed on a ‘European agenda for culture’, which should open the way for strategic and coordinated EU action in the cultural field.

In addition to its Culture programme, and respecting the principle of subsidiarity which excludes any kind of European harmonisation of national cultural policies, the EU will launch an ‘Open Method of Coordination’ applied to the cultural policy field. This intergovernmental, voluntary and flexible instrument is intended to stimulate Member States to reflect, converse and exchange ideas on a number of key policy issues, which urgently require enhanced cooperation at European level. If the Council agreed on the topics to be discussed within the framework of the Open Method of Coordination’ during the next three years (mobility, access to culture, cultural statistics, the economy of culture and the implementation of the UNESCO convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions), the concrete instruments and time tables have to be worked out. Access to documents and civil society participation will be of crucial importance to make sure that discussions develop in a democratic and transparent way.

In addition to proposing the Open Method of Coordination in the field of culture, the adoption of the ‘European agenda for culture’ should also open the door to the recognition of the role of arts and culture within the European Commission system and policies: the setting up of internal instruments to finally implement proper cultural mainstreaming, the gathering of cultural statistics by Eurostat and the development of a genuine structured dialogue with civil society organisations. Hopefully, this new ‘agenda for culture’ should finally lead to an increased European budget for culture in the financing period after 2013.

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