Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Populism

Welcome to
Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Populism

Film screening and conference
Presented by EUNIC*
22 – 23 November 2018

The Rise of Populism in Europe is a fact.

How can we address it? Is our current cultural diplomacy directly impacted by rising populist sentiment? If so, how can one work to combat populist ideology via cultural diplomacy?

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) present a series of encounters and debates that will discuss the challenges and capabilities of cultural diplomacy in the age of populism.

The conference is aimed at creating a discussion which focuses on concrete facts and will address burning themes such as nation branding, the instrumentalisation of artists, what money decides in cultural diplomacy as well as the relationship between media and populism.

These topics will be connected to current examples from the participating countries: the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Contemporary artist Neil Beloufa (FR) will open the conference with a Keynote addressing these themes within his work and in his experience as an artist.

The conference further aims to explore cultural diplomacy as a long term strategy, to bring forward the impact it can have, tactics to be avoided and to propose new approaches and tools in a variety of fields. 


22nd of November, 2018, at 6 pm
Burka Songs 2.0
in presence of filmmaker Hanna Högstedt
Film screening followed by a panel discussion

23rd of November, 2018, from 9 am to 3.30 pm
Conference with international guests on four panel discussions
Nation Branding and Exporting Culture
What does Money Decide?
Concrete impacts of Populism in Cultural Diplomacy
Media and Populism

Biografen Capitol, Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Stockholm

For full program click here (pdf).


Attendance is free but places are limited. Please register here:

Film screening:



*Eunic members participating: Czech Center, Embassy of Spain to Sweden, Finlandsinstitutet, Goethe-Institut Schweden, Italian Cultural Institute, Institut français de Suède, Instituto Cervantes, Swedish Institute, Swiss Embassy in Sweden.

**More about Eunic: The European Union National Institutes for Culture is a collection of representatives from the European cultural institutes and embassies. Together, the Stockholm Eunic Cluster organises projects around themes that are pertinent to each of their countries. 

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