Strategic communications consultancy Portland has published the findings of its Soft Power 30 2017 rankings for countries around the world, based on factors ranging from culture, government, enterprise, digital and education, to cuisine, friendliness, luxury goods, foreign policy and liveability. The Soft Power 30 rankings have revealed France rising to first place, while the UK remains in second place and the US sinks to third.
There are three studies: Study on the artistic, economic and social impacts of 6 ACP festivals on ACP cultural industries, conducted by Catherine Buresi; Study on the economic and artistic challenges and benefits of online diffusion and distribution of ACP cultural content, conducted by Destiny Tchehouali and the Study on alternative and innovative funding mechanisms for ACP Cultural industries, conducted by Keith Nurse.
European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID) > EU Cultural Diplomacy in the MENA region
Drawing upon the analytical tools defined in the EL-CSID Working Paper 1, this paper assesses the willingness, capacity and acceptance sustaining EU broadly-defined Cultural Diplomacy (CD) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The resulting qualitative mapping focuses on policies and initiatives which foster regional cooperation, both around the Mediterranean and among southern countries.
The European Networks of Institutes of Culture (EUNIC Global) commissioned the Department of Social, Political, and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena a report to survey existing cultural diplomacy training and research activities and to assess the training needs of the cultural diplomat of the future, as seen from practitioners and academics. Read the online report.
The mapping study has been produced in the context and with the support of the EU-China Policy Dialogues Support Facility (PDSF II), a project financed jointly by the European Union and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, implemented by a consortium led by Grontmij A/S. This consolidated version is based on the contributions of the two expert teams mentioned above and has been finalised by the European Commission (DG EAC).
This briefing note casts light upon culture in EU development policies and external action, reviewing discussions around this topic and opening the floor for questions. With the SDGs and new EU strategies in place, how will culture and development objectives meet in practice?
The European Commission adopts a Strategy for international cultural relations which will contribute to making the EU a stronger global actor. The Strategy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries. Read more and the declaration.
This study is the result of a six-month research project conducted in partnership with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). It delivers an overview of the EU funding procedures for the promotion of culture in foreign relations, and at explores alternative models of cooperation.
CPD’s annual research conference, held at the University of Southern California in February 2014, examined how emerging economies are paying greater attention to the value of culture and communication as they become bigger players on the international stage. The report is available for free download.
International actions of European local authorities: crushed by the economic crisis or rejuvenated by new concepts?
The research looked at the different forms of municipal actions in terms of international cooperation, questioned the engagement of European municipalities and explained the recognition of city diplomacy. Part of the EU Award project.
Motivated by the fact that “the European Union has no cultural relations strategy”, the European Commission mandated in 2011 a consortium of eight cultural organisations, institutes, and a consultancy to propose such a strategy. The final report is now online.
The report was prepared by Marie Le Sourd, Elena Di Federico (both members of staff of On The Move) and Dr Sung-Won Yoon. The report includes useful references and weblinks of organisations in the fields of performing arts, publishing, cultural heritage, visual arts and audiovisual as well as a section on cultural mobility.
British Council report: Influence and Attraction: Culture and the Race for Soft Power in the 21st Century
A new report report from the British Council investigates how and why ‘soft power’ is becoming more important in international relations – and why countries such as China, Korea and Brazil are making huge investments in it.
In this first of the series Dwarfing of Europe? publication, the European Cultural Foundation turns to Europe's neighbours for an honest view of Europe from the outside in order to boost and broaden the debate on Europe by focusing on culture.
ifa organised the conference in Brussels on 12th December 2012 - proceedings are now available online!
La mobilité des artistes et les visas Schengen : recommandations pour la Commission Européenne (Direction Générale des Affaires intérieures) et les Etats membres de l'Union Européenne concernés
2013 est une année clef: la Commission européenne (Direction générale des affaires intérieures) va réviser le code des "visas Schengen" et dans ce but a mis en ligne une consultation publique pour améliorer les procédures d'obtention des visas "Schengen" de courte durée. Ce moment est donc stratégique pour le secteur culturel en Europe et au delà pour faire entendre la voix du secteur et pour faire connaître aux responsables de politiques publiques européens les besoins spécifiques des artistes en mobilité eu égard aux visas Schengen. Voyez ce que vous pouvez faire dès MAINTENANT!
Artists' mobility and Schengen visas: recommendations to the European Commission/DG Home and concerned EU Member States
2013 is a strategic year: the European Commission - DG Home Affairs is revising the EU visa code and has opened a public online consultation to improve the procedures for obtaining short-stay "Schengen" visas. Therefore this is a unique strategic moment for the cultural sector in Europe and beyond to make its voice heard and let the EU policy-makers know about the specific needs of mobile artists as regards Schengen visas. Here's what you can do NOW.
International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy: report of the Guimarães seminar by RCF, May 2012
Investing in artistic mobility is not only an individual moment of political responsibility but has long term spin-off effects on the appropriation of global cultural products, identity building and new forms of cultural expression that can be source of renewal in the country of residence as well as the country of origin. This document is the first step in discussing and identifying local and regional strategies to develop transnational artistic mobility. We hope to continue and enlarge this working process with local and regional authorities in Europe and the Arab world taking into account the impact of globalisation and the models of cooperation that could be possible and relevant in this context.
On its website, the advocacy campaign 'More Europe' has gathered several speeches, presentations, arguments, publications, researches and surveys from various key players to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the EU’s external relations.
Report on the state of theatre and dance in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, EEPAP, 2011
This publication provides a set of comparable reports on the situation of theatre and dance in Eastern Europe, with a special focus on the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, & Belarus), aiming at better understanding among and improved cooperation between the cultural operators of these regions and beyond.