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Host Organisations

Black History Month in Berlin is hosted by The Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education



Functions, Aims and Activities - The work done by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) centres on promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics within Germany. It takes up topical and historical subjects by issuing publications, by organising seminars, events, study trips, exhibitions and competitions, by providing extension training for journalists and by offering films and on-line products.

The broad range of educational activities provided by the bpb is designed to motivate people and enable them to give critical thought to political and social issues and play an active part in political life. Considering Germany's experience with various forms of dictatorial rule down through its history, the Federal Republic of Germany bears a unique responsibility for firmly anchoring values such as democracy, pluralism and tolerance in people's minds.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization focused on the theoretical and practical development of cultural diplomacy. Founded in 1999, the ICD conducts its activities from Berlin.

Cultural Diplomacy - The ICD understands cultural diplomacy as “the exchange of ideas, information, values, systems, beliefs, and other aspects of culture, with the intention of fostering mutual understanding” (Milton C. Cummings Jr.)

The ICD Philosophy - The ICD believes that cultural diplomacy, the deliberate facilitation of constructive cultural exchange, helps to create sustainable intercultural relations based on dialogue, understanding, and trust. Such relations are mutually beneficial to cultural groups and help to reduce the likelihood of conflict at all levels.