The Berlin Language of Art & Music Conference 2014
"Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy: Practicing Cultural Diplomacy through Film"
Held Parallel to the Berlin International Film Festival
Conference OverviewAs technological developments are accompanied by enhanced access to films, cinematography is increasingly gaining importance as an invaluable medium of cultural diplomacy. With innovative regional cinematic industries making their mark on the global artistic landscape, talent from around the world is being showcased to large audiences who would normally not have access to the cultural particularities of the diverse regions of the world.
These films, by telling stories that reflect the social, cultural and political landscapes of their origin, are serving to promote diplomatic relations on the one hand and at the same time challenge stereotypes and foster intercultural understanding on a scale never before imagined. In addition to the story-telling components inherent in films, they simultaneously raise intercultural awareness through the incorporation of art and music specific to their region of origin.
These contributions to international relations will be celebrated during two high-level conferences taking place in Berlin and in Hollywood. The conferences will examine the immense transformative value that film holds as a vehicle of Cultural Diplomacy. The conferences will gather an interdisciplinary mixture of practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy from across the globe for a true celebration of art as cultural diplomacy that will run parallel in Berlin to the world renowned Berlinale International Film Festival and in Hollywood, parallel to the 86th Academy Awards.
In both events the use of music and art as integral components of Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy will be explored and analyzed as tools for enhancing cross cultural understanding and interaction.
Conference Participants »Participation in the conference is open to artists, film & creative industry representatives, 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:
Conference SpeakersSpeakers & Delegates during the conferences will include among others artists & musicians, film-makers, actors, producers, screenwriters, leading politicians, senior diplomats, senior academics, renowned authors, and journalists.
Speakers for the Congress include:
German Actress & Film Director
(Berlin; February 12th - 14th, 2014)The Conference will feature a variety of lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and film presentations allowing participants to gain an in depth insight into the dimensions and implications of Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy across the world. Participants will be invited to contribute to the development of creative ideas and recommendations to promote film and cinema as vehicles of successful international relation and intercultural exchange. In addition, participants will have the unique opportunity to experience first-hand Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy in action by attending the world renowned Berlin International Film Festival.
The Conference will focus in particular on the following areas:
- An Introduction to Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy
- Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy in Practice - Case studies
- Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy in the Diplomatic Sector
- Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy as a Strategy of Nation-branding
- The Cultural Industry of Film as a Driver of Development
- Film as a Catalyst of the Creative Economy
- Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy & Peacebuilding and in Conlict Zones
- Cinematic Cultural Diplomacy in raising Political Awareness