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Art as Cultural Diplomacy

February 2013
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Introduction

Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD) is a network of students and young professionals who share an interest in exploring the potential of art as a vehicle for Cultural Diplomacy.  Art and film has the ability to transcend borders as has been demonstrated numerous times by artists such as French activist JR whose "Women are Heroes" project involved the pasting of enormous posters across public spaces in countries such as Cambodia, India, Brazil and Sierra Leone and movies such as "Enter the Dragon" a Jackie Chan film released in 1973 and the first ever US-Hong-Kong film production
The title of the conference was "Using Film to Transcend Cultural Barriers and Foster Peace". One of the key topics was the use of art and film as one of the primary vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy, Prof.Dr.Ulrich Beckner and Amb.Karl-Eric Norman both gave key note lectures addressing this issue. Also present was the President of the ICD Academy Dr.Emil Constantinescu, who gave another of the keynote lectures, this time on the topic of  "Multicultural Society in Europe". The conference also attracted a number of leading NGO figures with the president of "Shoot4Change" Antonio Amendola giving a lecture and discussion on the topic of "Art as Cultural Diplomacy in Practice:  "Shoot4Change"

During the conference the ICD was able to host a number of social activities and events in the evening.  These low-key events gave all the participants a chance to relax and get to know one another in a more social atmosphere while exploring the multicultural city of Berlin. Included were visits to the well-known Greek restaurant "Ach Niko Ach", as well as two Berlinale, film screenings. The first of which was a film entitled ""Inch'Allah" which follows the story of a young doctor from Quebec, who crosses the border into the West Bank in order to treat pregnant women in a Palestinian refugee camp. While the second, "Burn it up Djassa" was a documentary showing the vibrant life of the Ivory Coast, a few months prior to renewed outbreak of Civil War.  

Timetable

The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, February 2013
The Art as Cultural Diplomacy Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD)
"Using Film to Transcend Cultural Barriers and Foster Peace"
(Berlin, February 13th - 17th, 2013) 
Program Timetable
  Wednesday,
February 13th
Thursday,
February 14th
Friday,
February 15th
Saturday,
February 16th
Sunday,
February 17th
09:30   Tea, Coffee & Refreshments (08.30) Travel Time (10:30) Tea, Coffee & Refreshments (10:30)Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
10:00  
"Art as Cultural Diplomacy"

(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
(Former Swedish Diplomat ; Member of the Faculty of the ICD Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies)

Location:
ICD House of Arts and Culture

(09:15) Visit to the German Parliament

(Visit)

Location:
German Parliament

(11:00) "Sport and Dance as Cultural Diplomacy"

(Workshop)

Speaker:
Marc Bogaerts
(Choreographer & Artistic Director)

Location:
ICD House of Arts and Culture

(11:00) Future Trends in Cultural Diplomacy

(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mark C. Donfried (Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
11:30   Tea, Coffee and Refreshments (11:15) Travel Time   (11:45) Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
12.00   "Film as Cultural Diplomacy"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
(Academic Director at the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"World Cinema Fund: Developing Cooperation Strategies, Reflecting on Cultural Identities, Promoting Innovation"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Isona Admetlla
(Sociologist ; Cultural Manager at World Cinema Fund)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Continued "Towards a Critical Framework for Ethical Issues in Intercultural Theatre, in the tradition of Rustom Bharucha" (Presentation  & Discussion)

Speaker:
Jennifer Post Tyler
(Arts Researcher and Executive, Master's candidate,  Université Paris 8, Erasmus Mundus Performing Arts Studies dual master)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
13:00 (14.00) Registration Lunch Break Lunch Break & Travel time (12:30) Lunch Break Sunday Brunch
14:30 "Introduction to Cultural Diplomacy"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mark Donfried
(Founder & Director of the ICD)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Using Arts as a Vehicle for Cultural Diplomacy and Expressing Italian Identity Abroad"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Anna Maria de Giorgio
(Cultural Attaché -Italian Institute of Culture, Berlin)

Location:
Italian Cultural Institute
"State Sponsored Cultural Diplomacy: Case Study Sweden"
(Visit & Lecture)

Speakers:
Adam Forsström
(Swedish Embassy to Germany)

Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
(Former Swedish Diplomat; Member of the Faculty of the ICD Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies)

Location:
Embassy of Sweden
"Can Cinema be used effectively to alleviate Youth Crime? - A discussion on the effects of Cinema and the Media on our Youth"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Rayna Campbell
(Actress)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"What comes next? Leadership Initiatives & Cultural Diplomacy Projects"
(Concluding Session)

Speaker:
Mark C. Donfried (Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
 15.30 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Travel Time Travel Time Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Travel Time
16.00

 

 

 

 
"The History and Evaluation of Cultural Diplomacy"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty
(Professor of Cultural Diplomacy;  Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Visit to the Berlin Film Museum: Exploring Culture and History through Film
(Visit)

Location:
Berlin Film Museum
(16:30) Art as Cultural Diplomacy in Practice:  "Shoot4Change" (Lecture and Discussion)

Speaker:
Antonio Amendola
(Founder and President Shoot4Change)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Art & Social Change: Possible Intersections between Art, Activism and Society"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Sharon Horodi & Cheb Kammerer
(Documentary Video Artists & Social Activists)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
Black History Month 2013 -  Jazz, Jam & Food
(Social Activity, Concert )

Location:
Werkstatt der Kulturen
17:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments     Tea, Coffee & Refreshments  
17:30 Participant Paper

"The Interwar Roots of Cultural Diplomacy: A Historical Perspective" (Presentation  & Discussion)

Speaker:
Dr. Ilaria Scaglia
(Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian and International Relations at Columbus State University, USA)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture

 
"Film as a means to transcend Cultural Barriers: Libya, the Revolution and me", feature documentary directed by Nicole Nagel
(Screening & Interactive Discussion)

 

Speakers:
Nicole Nagel
(Director of the Film)
Dirk van den Berg
(German Filmmaker and Producer at
OutreMer Film)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Shoot Berlin, Change Society"
(Photo Exhibition and viewing time)     "Multicultural Society in Europe"
(Keynote Speech)

Speaker:
President Emil Constantinescu
(President of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania)

"ID -WITHOUTCOLORS"
(Introduction & Film Screening)

Speaker:
Riccardo Valsecchi
(Director of the
Film ID-WITHOUTCOLORS)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Partial Fraction"
(Film Screening & Discussion)

Speakers:
Sharon Horodi & Cheb Kammerer
(Documentary Video Artists & Social Activists)

Location:
ICD House of Arts & Culture
 
 

 
 (19:30) Welcome Group Dinner and Swing Evening at
"Clärchens Ballhaus"

 

 

 
(20:30) Group Dinner at "Ach Niko Ach" Institutionalized Racism
(Interactive Discussion)

Speakers:
Riccardo Valsecchi
Biplab Basu
(Spoke Person of KOP Berlin, Kampagne für Opfer Rassistischer Polizeigewalt)
 Eben Louw
(Psychologist specialized on Racial Profiling issues)
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(20.30) Group Dinner at Restaurant-Bar-Lounge "SWERA"
Group Dinner at "Que Passa"

BERLINALE
Panorama

(22:30) Inch'Allah, by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
 

Speaker Information

  • Adam Forsström
    Representative of the Swedish Embassy to Germany
  • Dr. Anna Maria de Giorgio
    Cultural Attaché - Italian Institute of Culture, Berlin
  • Antonio Amendola
    Founder and President of Shoot4Change
  • Biplab Basu
    Spokesperson of KOP Berlin, Kampagne für Opfer Rassistischer Polizeigewalt
  • Dirk van den Berg
    German Filmmaker and Producer at OutreMer Film
  • Eben Louw
    Psychologist specialized on Racial Profiling issues
  • President Emil Constantinescu
    President of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy, Former President of Romania
  • Dr. Ilaria Scaglia
    Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian and International Relations at Columbus State University, USA
  • Isona Admetlla
    Sociologist and Cultural Manager at World Cinema Fund
  • Jennifer Post Tyler
    , Arts Researcher and Executive, Master's candidate,  Université Paris 8, Erasmus Mundus Performing Arts Studies dual master
  • Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
    Former Swedish Diplomat ; Member of the Faculty of the ICD Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty
    Professor of Cultural Diplomacy;  Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
  • Marc Bogaerts
    Choreographer & Artistic Director
  • Mark Donfried
    Founder & Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
  • Nicole Nagel
    Director of the Film "Libya, the Revolution and Me"
  • Rayna Campbell
    Actress
  • Riccardo Valsecchi
    Director of the Film ID-WITHOUTCOLORS
  • Sharon Horodi & Cheb Kammerer
    Documentary Video Artists & Social Activists
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
    Academic Director at the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies