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The Role of Arts and Culture in International Relations and Diplomacy: EU and US Perspectives
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The Role of Arts and Culture in International Relations and Diplomacy:

EU and US Perspectives.

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

Hosted by Dino Korca – Head of European Union National Institutes for Culture New York

Keynote and welcome by Dino Korca:

Good morning

It is a pleasure and honor to be here with you today. As the president of EUNIC in New York, I am delighted to welcome you all to our 41stofficial assembly.

I want to thank the European Union delegation to the UN for hosting us and making this possible. In the first part of our meeting, we will have a panel conversation with our distinguished guest speakers, on the topic“The role of arts and culture in international affairs and diplomacy.”

I hope you’ll agree with me that the EU Delegation in New York is a fitting venue to gather and explore the unique role art and culture plays in international affairs and diplomacy, as a form of exchange to build trust, increase familiarity, and create positive perceptions between peoples and nations.

If I may, I would like to say a few words about the recent events in Paris. The tragic events at Charlie Hebdo highlights the need for cultural understanding in our societies. I stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends from the French Embassy. Like many others around the globe, people in the arts are contemplating the complex issue of free speech and the rights of artists to create freely. In the words of John F. Kennedy: “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

We are at a crucial time, as globalization gets more refined, from Paris to New York and across the world people crave new and innovative ideas, and the contributions that art and culture can bring to global development, economic growth, to education, to supporting democracy and to strengthening our communities.

Great art and culture at its best, opens our imagination, develops a critical mind and helps us to understand and accept our differences. And although the impact of art and culture may not be easily measured, the lack of it, always can.

The success of this event is built on your involvement in our dialog. I hope that the discussions that take place, and the ideas that are shared go on to enrich your work. I am committed to work in partnership with you, I welcome your views and ideas, and I’m at your disposal to continue our work and collaborations in the time ahead.

Thank you.

Panel Conversation:

  • Michael Royce – Executive Director of New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Gerton van den Akker – Chief of Staff/Head of Press & Information section, EU Delegation
  • Constance Whiteside  – Senior Outreach Officer, EU Delegation of the to the United States 
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Culture Forum 2014 - The Role of Arts and Culture in Diplomacy. / Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

“Great art and culture at its best, opens our imagination, develops a critical mind and helps us to understand and accept our differences. And although the impact of art and culture may not be easily measured, the lack of it, always can.” — Dino Korca

Participating institutions:
  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York
  • Albanian Institute New York
  • Arte Institute in New York
  • Arts Council Malta in New York
  • British Council USA
  • Flanders House
  • French Institute Alliance Francaise
  • Dutch Culture USA
  • Goethe-Institut New York
  • Italian Cultural Institute
  • Polish Cultural Institute
  • Institute Cervantes New York
  • Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Consulate General of the Netherlands New York
  • Consulate General of Estonia in New York
  • Consulate General of Finland in New York
  • Consulate General of France in New York
  • Consulate General of Portugal in New York
  • Consulate General of Spain in New York
  • Consulate General of Slovak Republic New York
  • Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
  • General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A.
  • European Union Delegation to the United Nations
  • The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • New York Foundation for the Arts

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