The Arts Diplomacy Festival – March 2012
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.


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The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy ConferenceAugust 21st, 2013


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