The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011
"Hard Vs. Soft Power in Global and National Politics: Innovative Concepts of Smart Power and Cultural Diplomacy in an Age of Interdependence, Digital Revolution, and Social Media"
|German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)
Few buildings have experienced Berlin's turbulent history to the extent of the German Foreign Ministry. Built between 1934 and 1940 as an extension of the German Reichsbank, the building was used by the National Socialists to formulate economic policy and the financing of the Second World War. More recently, it was here that the treaty for the reunification of Germany was signed. Although the building has been modernised and expanded, care has been take to preserve its character and unique history.
|European House Berlin
Berlin's European House is located in the heart of the city, on the famous boulevard Unter den Linden. The building is situated opposite the Adalon, one of the world's most exclusive hotels, and a short walk from Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. The location is home to the European Commission representation in Germany.
The seat of the German Parliament, the Reichstag, is closely linked to the modern history of Berlin. Burnt down under suspicious circumstances in 1933, stranded in No-Man's Land during the Cold War, and then "unwrapped' as the home of the German Parliament once again in 1995.
The glass dome on the roof of the building, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, symbolizes the transparency of modern German government institutions.
|ICD House for Arts & Culture
The ICD House of Arts & Culture (ICD House) is a multi-purpose location that has been designed to support Berlin's civil society and the city's diverse cultural communities by providing a platform for their activities.
Run by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, its purpose is to raise awareness of and celebrate the city's cultural diversity amongst the general public as well as providing a forum for discussion on salient political and cultural issues from across the world.