Culture and Foreign Relations

05.09.2016 |

The Stockholm based production and resource unit Intercult hosts a seminar on the topic of Culture and its impact on the image of Europe in the world on Wednesday, September 7th.

Culture is often used as a strategic part in foreign policy for creating open societies, preventing and solving conflicts and encouraging cultural diversity in Europe. A new EU strategy for culture and external relations was recently introduced in Spring 2016.

The starting point of the seminar is the program Creative Force of the Swedish Institute and other institutions that focus on culture and Europe’s external relations. The seminar will provide an idea of how culture organizations can develop co-operations with similar institutions in countries on the borders of EU. Several case studies of cultural projects, being collaborations between Russia and Sweden where culture and art is used in local communities, will be presented. Moreover, the topics of human rights, migration, equality and the right to have your own opinion will be discussed.

Culture, taking down borders. © Intercult

Henrik Selin, the head of the Intercultural Dialogue section of the Swedish Institute will introduce the EU Commissions new strategy “Culture in external relations. 

Lena Johnson, a lecturer in political science will talk about Russia, Putin and Art. Are the free arts threatened in Russia, thinking about what happens to democracy and human rights?

After a panel discussion on “Why Russia?” the seminar will try to give answers to questions about how culture can contribute to human interaction, solidarity and inclusion in society. The seminar will be held in Swedish.

Intercult is an independent production and resource unit focused on culture, ideas and the arts. Created in 1996, it is a publically-financed institution, based in Stockholm, managing both a designated Europe Direct office and Access Europa, a platform for cultural organizations in Sweden focusing on international collaboration.

Click here for more info about the seminar. Seminar takes place at Intercult's office at Nytorgsgatan 15A, Stockholm.  

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"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)