The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012 explored how arts can be used to change theory into practice and express, create and improve social awareness and diplomatic relations. The arts include a variety of mediums through which emotions and culture can be expressed: music, art, literature and sports, to name only a few. The program examined how these arts can be used within the field of cultural diplomacy to initiate intercultural dialogue and cooperation through movement, thought and active expression. The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012 is the brainchild of Cultural Diplomacy in Practice (CDP), a department within the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. CDP is predicated on the ICD’s philosophy that diplomacy must transcend mere discussion and include practical implementation of theory for the reason that sometimes actions speak louder than words: Cultural diplomacy must show rather than tell. Popular art forms have a unique ability to bring people from disparate backgrounds together by underscoring shared values. The Arts Diplomacy Festival intended to demonstrate the underutilized power of art and physical expression to further the cause of cultural diplomacy. The program consisted of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions featuring leading figures from international politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. The Festival has also showcased the performances of artists, musicians and performers from all over the world and included a full day of practical workshops devoted to planning future initiatives.