The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2017

"Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music"

(International Conference; Berlin; February 16th - 19th, 2017)
Held Parallel to the Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Conference Overview

"The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2017" is an international conference taking place in Berlin from 16th – 19th February 2017 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners from the fields of music, film, performance art, digital art, literature, and painting, will share their perspectives alongside renowned academics and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector.

For decades, all forms of the arts have served as a powerful, effective vehicles to inspire and enable people to build cultural bridges and come together towards prosperous peaceful relations. Over the course of many years now, people have discovered the unique potential of the arts and in particular music, cinema, and performing arts to transcend cultures, serving as common languages to bring together different groups and communities. These unique qualities have the unparalleled strength to continuously effect people and over time sculpt human society closer to the ultimate goal of global peace.

"The Power of Film & the Arts to Build Peace" will be celebrated during the conference and examine the immense transformative value that the arts and music hold as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy. The vision of the conference is to bring an interdisciplinary mixture of celebrated artists, high level representatives from the film industry and practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy in order to prepare an agenda for after the conclusion of the conference, which will initiate programs and initiatives that will support global peace.

The conference will explore and analyze the following topics:

  • The History and Theory of Cultural Diplomacy
  • The Arts, Music, Sports & Cinema as Cultural Diplomacy
  • Art as a Vehicle for State Multiculturalism, Integration, and Cultural Diplomacy within Nations
  • The Role of Arts-Based Cultural Diplomacy in Supporting Conflict Zone Mediation and Peace-Building
  • The Role of Cultural Institutions in Preserving Cultural Heritage in a Globalized Era

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to artists, film & creative industry representatives, governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Certificate of Attendance - Conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online registration form:

Conference Location

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted in the ICD House of Arts & Culture, the German Parliament and several hotels in Berlin.


Conference Speakers

Speakers & Delegates during the conferences will include among others artists & musicians, film-makers, actors, producers, screenwriters, leading politicians, senior diplomats, senior academics, renowned authors, and journalists.


Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.