The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Germany is a Non-Governmental Organization that aims to educate and inform on the benefits of cultural diplomacy.
ICD uses Milton C. Cummings’ description of Cultural Diplomacy on their website: “the exchange of ideas, information, values, systems, traditions, beliefs and other aspects of culture, with the intention of fostering mutual understanding.” As such, anyone can be a cultural ambassador for his or her culture through sports, art, music, tourism, business and other fields.
With this in mind, ICD is hosting two events in July with a focus on Africa. The first event is a conference with the title Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: a Forum for Young Leaders, which takes place from July 11-17, 2011 (Application Form).
The second event is the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Africa titled, The Rise of Africa. It will take place from July 14-17, 2011 (Application form). Both events are open to applications from young professionals, students and scholars, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.
The central question or theme for both events is Strategies to confront the Challenges of the 21st Century: Does Africa have what is required? In the past these ICD events have been dominated by diplomats and politicians. This year they would like to have alternative voices presenting a broader perspective on African culture. Click on the links provided for to apply for the events. Let your voice represent Africa this year.
You may also check out ICD’s blog on Africa titled, The Rise of Africa.
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