German-Russian Month 2016

"Developing Initiatives to build Cultural Bridges"

(Berlin, May 2nd - 28th, 2016)


Russian culture and its history are sources of national pride for many Russians at home and abroad, and therefore their importance in the field of Cultural Diplomacy cannot be undervalued in the scope of their contribution to the field of cultural exchange. Russia’s many contributions to the world of literature, art, dance, and music have been influential and have long provided a vital meeting point for scholars, artists and people from all walks of life to share the joy of experiencing art. There is not a single country which has not been touched by Russia’s cultural influence which continues to be a meaningful interchange for discussion and celebration between the Russian people and those of other nationalities.

Cultural Diplomacy, the building of bridges through the sharing of art and culture, has never been more vital for Russia and the Global Community. There is profound value in sharing art, music and conversation with people from other nations and this social capital results from the importance of both embracing common ground and exchanging new ideas. Instead of focusing on stereotypes or popular impressions, Cultural Diplomacy encourages us to meet each other as individuals from different cultures, and by entering into open discussion and exchange of culture, people can create and strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation.

Program Agenda

To build stronger bridges with Russian community in Germany, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is organizing a German-Russian Monat 2016 in Berlin that will bring people together to share knowledge of art, music, literature and other forms of the arts. This event series will therefore be another great opportunity to get additional perspective of Russia and to strengthen cultural bridges.

“Russian Culture: from Matryoshka Dolls to Modern Art”
Exhibition, Film Screening & Discussion
(Wednesday, May 2nd, 2016)

“Russia and Germany 70 Years After”: Past, Present & Future Perspectives of Relations
(Panel Discussion, Reception
(Monday, May 9th, 2016)

“The Development & Contribution of the Russian Community in Germany”
Panel Discussion, Getting to Know Each other Dinner
(Monday, May 16th, 2016)

“Youth Education & Development: Developing Academic & Economic Cooperation”
Panel Discussion
(Monday, May 23rd, 2016)

“Russian Night”
Dinner Show & Concert
(Saturday, May 28th, 2016)