British Council partnered with Goethe-Institut, BOZAR (Centre for Fine Arts), EUNIC Global, European Cultural Foundation and Institut français in the global EU project ‘Cultural Diplomacy Platform’.
Launched in January 2016 following the recommendations of the Preparatory Action "Culture in External Relations", the Cultural Diplomacy Platform is designed to strengthen the ability of the EU to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in third countries, through cultural diplomacy activities, by supporting and advising EU institutions, including the EU Delegations across the globe, and by setting up a global cultural leadership programme.
The specific objectives of the Cultural Diplomacy platform are to:
- Support the further development of cultural diplomacy policies, activities, methodologies, tools and training programmes, within the broader framework of EU Public Diplomacy;
- Assist in policy dialogues and advise on cultural diplomacy issues;
- Strengthen communities/networks of cultural diplomacy practitioners.