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.


European external cultural relations - Expectations from the outside. Conference report

Hanna Schühle for Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

On 12 December 2012 around 80 experts from the fields of European cultural affairs and (European) external cultural relations, including representatives of cultural institutions and members of academia, met at the conference “European external cultural relations: Expectations from the outside” in order to discuss the perceptions and expectations for European external cultural relations from the outside, in particular in countries in Asia and Africa, since many European cultural co-operation projects focus on those regions.


Artists’ mobility and visas: a step forward

On The Move

Final report of On the Move’s workshop on artists’ mobility and Schengen visas

As a part of its advocacy activities for better conditions for the international mobility of artists and cultural professionals, On the Move (OTM) tackles visa issues: on this crucial theme they have developed a part of their Charter for a sustainable and responsible cultural mobility  and they organise capacity building activities for their members, in particular a training workshop in November, 15th- 16th in Brussels devoted to Schengen visas. The results of this workshop form the core of this report.