Culture Matters: Why culture should be at the heart of future public policy

British Council

This report was produced for the 2014 International Culture Summit (Edinburgh, 10-12 August).


The Power of Culture in Reconciliation in the Ukraine Crisis

Dr. Olga Burlyuk, for More Europe - external cultural relations

More Europe – external cultural relations commissioned a study on the power of culture as a tool for reconciliation in the context of the Ukraine crisis. In the course of June 2014, 25 in-depth expert interviews and many more e-mail exchanges with cultural operators and culture activists with the relevant experience from Ukraine, Russia and third countries (including from the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands) were held. This policy paper contains the results of the study and offers an analysis of their thoughts and suggestions on the subject, the current situation and the way forward.

Read the full paper here.


Engaging the World: towards global cultural citizenship

Preparatory Action Culture in EU External Relations

Final Report of the Preparatory Action Culture in EU External Relations, on how the EU can make strategic use of culture in its external relations. This report presents:


Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy: New Models for the 21st Century

Salzburg Global Seminar

The fifty-four participants of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 490 on “Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy” met at an auspicious moment in the evolution of international cultural engagement. As comment after comment at the Seminar made clear, there is a palpable sense of opportunity in the field. The tone and texture of cultural discourse, the range of included voices in creative practices, the organizational and technological infrastructure for conducting transnational cultural exchanges, are all undergoing a sea change—and generally for the better.


Voices of the People: Culture, Conflict and Change in North Africa

British Council

This publication presents the most important insights from a research project carried out for the British Council by the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York. It suggests that the UK arts community can help shore up fragile changes in the region and build a sustainable cultural ecosystem.


Culture Means Business: How international cultural relationships contribute to increased trade and competitiveness for the UK

IpsosMori & YouGov for the British Council

This report shows that culture is key to UK commerce in two ways: people overseas who have experienced UK culture are significantly more interested in doing business with the UK; and they also rate the country more highly as a business destination. The report is based on research carried out for the British Council by IpsosMori and YouGov.


Civil society empowerment in third countries: are culture actors providing powerful voices in support of democratisation processes?

Yudhishthir Raj Isar

Paper written by Yudhishthir Raj Isar in the context of the European Culture Forum 2011 (panel 4), which took place on the 20 & 21 October 2011 in Brussels.


Report – “International Artistic Mobility and Territorial diplomacy"

Roberto Cimetta Fund

This seminar grouped together 50 professionals from the cultural sector – policymakers, researchers, cultural operators, artists, institutional representatives and consultants from both sides of the Mediterranean (20 countries including 8 countries from the South – , Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic , Denmark, Egypt , Finland, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria , Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom ).
This debate bought to the fore five themes:
1.Mobility and Periphy


Guide to funding opportunities for cultural journalists in Europe

On The Move, commissioned by the Unpack the Arts project


The partners of Unpack the Arts approached On the Move in 2012 to work on a specific guide to funding opportunities for European cultural journalists' mobility, based on the model of the Guide to Funding Opportunities for the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Europe.


Influence and attraction: Culture and the race for soft power in the 21st century.

John Holden for the British Council

A new 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.

Download the full report here.