The Art as Cultural Diplomacy Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD)
Contemporary International Dialogue: Art-based Developments and Culture Shared between Nations
London; August 21st - 26th, 2013
Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD) is a network of students and young professionals who have an interest in exploring the field of art as a vehicle for cultural diplomacy. Participants join the forum by taking part in an ACD Weeklong Seminar, following which they are encouraged to conduct their own research and organize their own activity in the field.
The program is particularly suited to individuals with an interest in the role of artistic and cultural expression in providing a platform for strengthening intercultural relations at regional, national, and local levels.
As an independently developed and organized program, ACD offers a unique opportunity to come together and foster wider, deeper relations on an academic, cultural and political level. This in turn will develop a wider understanding of intercultural issues, promote personal growth, and contribute to the creation of innovative policy-oriented solutions to issues affecting all countries and cultures.
Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders (ACD) in the city of London will take place in a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across London, and will consist of excursions to the country's top artistic institutions. Featured locations during the Conference will include: British Parliament, Portcullis House, City Hall, Covent Garden, Notting Hill Gate, Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park and The British Museum, in addition to various foreign embassies and governmental institutions.
Speakers during the Conference will include artists, musicians, academics, authors, museum curators, human rights activists, dignitaries, politicians, and heads of state, as well as leading figures and experts in the arts, international affairs, the diplomatic community, and civil society from across the world. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.
Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals, and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
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