Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Cultural Diplomacy Platform 2016 © Cultural Diplomacy Platform

The Cultural Diplomacy Platform is a project designed to strengthen the European Union international cultural relations.

The Platform was launched early March 2016 following a call for tenders by the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission and awarded to the Goethe-Institut in consortium with the British Council, BOZAR, EUNIC Global, the European Cultural Foundation and the Institut Français.

The Platform aims at carrying out activities enhancing the EU’s cultural engagement with partner countries and their citizens, mostly by supporting and advising EU institutions, including the EU Delegations across the globe. Our activities vary from policy support, the organization of seminars and workshops to the and setting-up a global cultural leadership training programme.

The Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCP) is the flagship from the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. It is gathers each year 40 cultural managers from 30 European and non-European countries, to support them emerging on the international scene and to help them developing their cultural leadership skills. After three editions, the GCLP has built a network of 120 cultural leaders on a global scale and established contacts between local cultural operators and theirs peers in the EU Delegations. For its fourth edition, the Platform will gather for the first time all previous editions of the GCLP in Brussels in October 2019, to consolidate the community that has been created over the last three years and to foster project cooperation between EU and non EU cultural operators/leaders.

More recent activities form the Platform include a Regional Consultation Meeting in Sarajevo, aiming at improving EU-Western Balkans cultural relations. Together with the EU Delegation to Japan, the Platform also supported the participation of three European authors to the European Literature festival in Tokyo, followed by a week residency in Okinawa, enhancing EU-Japanese cultural cooperation in the field.
For more information on the current and future activities of the Platform, we invite to visit the website which also include a resources bank, EU Institutions’ documents, studies, publications and events related to cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations.