In June 2017, Urban Gorillas members were invited to participate in the Cultural Diplomacy Platform (CDP) in Greece connecting institutions and individuals to actively engage in international cultural relations, to assist in policy dialogues and to strengthen communities. By carrying out activities enhancing the EU’s cultural engagement with third countries and their citizens, the platfrom supports EU institutions in the implementation of a new ‘EU Strategy for international cultural relations’. CDP implements its objectives through activities, methodologies, tools and training programmes.
Through its framework, content and methodology, the Global Cultural Leadership Programme specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers, enhance collaborative peer-to-peer learning, network building and enable you to develop fresh insights into international cultural collaboration practices.
From 18 to 23 June 2017, the second edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme took place in Athens, Greece and Urban Gorillas eagerly took part.
More about 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 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 Platform will also promote and facilitate durable cultural exchanges, people-to-people activities and co-creation processes between Europeans and citizens from countries all over the world.
Coinciding with the current reflection on the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and the adoption of an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform will ultimately enhance a widespread understanding and visibility of the Union and its role on the world scene.
The Platform is implemented by a consortium consisting of six member organisations: Goethe-Institut (consortium leader), British Council, Centre for Fine Arts Brussels/Bozar, EUNIC Global, European Cultural Foundation and Institut français.