Moscow Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2014

Striking a Chord Between the East and the West

(Moscow; September 25th - 27th, 2014)


Russian culture and its history are sources of national pride for many Russians at home and abroad, and their importance in the field of Cultural Diplomacy cannot be undervalued in the scope of their contribution to the field of cultural exchange. Russia’s many contributions to the world of literature, art, dance, and music have been influential and have long provided a vital meeting point for scholars, artists and people from all walks of life to share the joy of experiencing art. There is not a single country which has not been touched by Russia’s cultural influence which continues to be a meaningful interchange for discussion and celebration between the Russian people and those of other nationalities.

Cultural Diplomacy, the building of bridges through the sharing of art and culture, has never been more vital for Russia and the Global Community. There is profound value in sharing art, music and conversation with people from other nations and this social capital results from the importance of both embracing common ground and exchanging new ideas. Instead of focusing on stereotypes or popular impressions, Cultural Diplomacy encourages us to meet each other as individuals from different cultures, and by entering into open discussion and exchange of culture, people can create and strengthen mutual understanding.

Symposium Agenda

Moscow Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2014 will facilitate a discussion and exchange  focusing on the tremendous value of Russian art and its contributions to culture globally, especially as an instrument to encourage greater intercultural exchange between Russia and the world , and moreover, advancing the field of Cultural Diplomacy as we celebrate Russian culture at this event.

Symposium Locations

Based in Moscow, the Symposium will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city, and will consist of excursions to the country's top institutions and landmarks.

Symposium Speakers & Delegates

Speakers and delegates during the symposium will include leading politicians, chief diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Symposium Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to 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 - All 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.

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

Certificate of Attendance

All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the high-profile speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by two members of the vast ICD Advisory Board.

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.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)