The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Germany 2014

“Cultural Diplomacy in the German Public & Private Sectors”

(Berlin; July 29th - 31st, 2014)


Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and almost twenty-five years after German reunification, unified Germany is considered to be the main economic engine of the European Union and is one of the leading economies and exporters in the world.

Parallel to the engagement of the private sector, the German Foreign Ministry has been relentlessly engaging with cultural diplomacy throughout the last decades. The German public sector has built a successful model of cultural diplomacy by the way in which it has been engaged and by its magnitude.

The long-term and sustainable investments of the German private and public sectors in cultural issues, as well as their consistent engagement in the field of cultural diplomacy has brought them significant recognition and cooperation, which has been earned gradually over decades of dedication.

Symposium Agenda

The Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Germany 2014 will celebrate and privilege German Cultural Diplomacy by exploring, presenting and analyzing this exceptional success. German Cultural Diplomacy will be reviewed through the analysis of case studies together with best practices of cultural diplomacy throughout the curriculum of the Symposium.

The Symposium curriculum will include keynote addresses, lectures, and interactive workshops. To complement and support the conference curriculum, exhibitions will be hosted parallel to the symposium sessions and site-visits will be arranged.

The Symposium will include the following Events:
German Scandinavian Day »
German Italian Day »
German Spanish Day »

Symposium Speakers & Delegates

Speakers and delegates during the symposium will include leading politicians, diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, 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 for the Symposium include:
Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Hon. Dirk Niebel
Former German Minister for Economic Cooperation & Development
Thomas Silberhorn (MdB)
State Secretary, Ministery for Economic Cooperation & Development
Dr. Elke Ritt
Head, Creative Europe, the British Council Germany
Stephan Mayer (MdB)
Member of the German Parliament
Amb. Alberto Guani
Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany

Conference Locations

Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Conference 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. Each certificate will be signed by members of the Conference Committee.

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:

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 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)