International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU
"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"
Symposium OverviewThe EU is privileged to serve as one of the most successful example of multilateral cooperation between Nation-States and multilateral cultural diplomacy, and therefore has a unique opportunity to create, implement and provide models for cultural diplomacy based strategies that strengthen cross-cultural relationships. Serving as an excellent example for successful economic and political cooperation, the EU can use its economic and political success as a resource to improve international relations with other countries and regions around the world. Indeed, cultural diplomacy has played a pivotal role in EU Foreign Policy, demonstrated by examples such as the founding of the ERASMUS academic exchange program and the founding of the Leonardo da Vinci program for vocational education and training. Through its comprehensive and multi-lateral practice of cultural exchange and dialogue the EU has proven itself to be one of the most pioneering region of cultural diplomacy in the world.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU will present the importance of building cultural bridges for the benefits of EU economy, and well-being of EU citizens, while illustrating the cost-effective advantages of such programs compared to other policy alternatives. The Symposium will bring together EU legislators, representatives of the private sector and civil society as well as representatives from the international community to initiate joint-programs that will increase the volume of EU engagement in cultural diplomacy both within the EU and outside it. The Symposium will campaign for new programs, increased budgets and greater governmental attention of the unique opportunities practicing cultural diplomacy can bring. The Symposium will also publish a report based on the speeches and suggestions from all speakers and participants, which will be delivered to the EU Parliament, EU policy and decision-makers as well as to the international community.
Symposium LocationsBased in Brussels, the conference will be hosted at the EU Parliament and at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.
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.
Speakers and Delegates for the Conference include
| MEP Leonidas Donskis
Member of the European Parliament
| MEP George Sabin Cutas
Member of the European Parliament
| Senator Dominique Tilmans
Member of the Belgian Senate
|H. E. Amb. Fuad Isgandarov
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belgium, Luxembourg, & the EU
| H. E. Amb. Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi
Ambassador of South Africa to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU
| H. E. Amb. Chang-Beom Kim
Ambassador of South Korea to Belgium
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.
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: