The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018

"Building Cultural Bridges through Art, Film and Music"

(Berlin; February 21st - 23rd, 2018) - Held Parallel to the Berlin Film Festival 2018

Conference Overview

"The Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2018" is an international conference taking place in Berlin from February 21st – 23rd, 2017 to explore the potential for art and music to provide a neutral platform for cultural exchange. Artists and practitioners from the fields of music, film, performance art, digital art, literature, and painting, will share their perspectives alongside renowned artists and leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academy civil society, and the private sector.

For decades, all forms of the arts have served as a powerful, effective vehicles to inspire and enable people to build cultural bridges and come together towards prosperous peaceful relations. Over the course of many years now, people have discovered the unique potential of the arts and in particular music, cinema, and performing arts to transcend cultures, serving as common languages to bring together different groups and communities. These unique qualities have the unparalleled strength to continuously effect people and over time sculpt human society closer to the ultimate goal of global peace.

The Power of Film & the Arts to Build Peace will be celebrated during the conference and examine the immense transformative value that the arts and music hold as vehicles of Cultural Diplomacy. The vision of the conference is to bring an interdisciplinary mixture of celebrated artists, high level representatives from the film industry and practitioners of Cultural Diplomacy in order to prepare an agenda for after the conclusion of the conference, which will initiate programs and initiatives that will support global peace.

Conference Location

Based in Berlin, the event series will be hosted in the ICD House of Arts & Culture, the German Parliament and several hotels in Berlin.

Conference Artists, Speakers and Delegates

Speakers & Delegates during the conferences will include among others celebrated artists & musicians, film-makers, actors, producers, screenwriters, leading politicians, senior diplomats, senior academics, renowned authors, and journalists.

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.

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.