Goethe-Institut to Expand in the Caucasus

The Goethe-Institut announced at its annual press conference on Monday in Berlin that it would be setting up shop in Baku, Azerbaijan and Yerevan, Armenia, in the coming year. The German parliament has reserved three million euros for the branches, which would host language courses and cultural programming. The organization already runs 159 institutes in 98 countries.

Tags: goethe institute, caucasus, azerbaijan, armenia, cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, germany, cross cultural dialogue, Syrian Refugee Crisis

South African Brand Summit & Awards in 2017

Launching in 2017, The South African Brand Summit & Awards will provide a unique platform to begin but probably not finish a series of important conversations about branding [...] The summit will culminate in a gala awards dinner at which brands that make South Africa shine will be celebrated. The summit will also look at how brands that operate in South Africa contribute to the country’s brand narrative.

Tags: south africa, nation branding, smart & soft power, economic development, south african brand summit, international image, global influence

The Growing Influence of China in the Middle East

China is quickly becoming a world power, capable of exercising considerable influence over other countries. And it is advancing to the centre of the geopolitical stage just as — if not because — American and European leadership seems to be retreating into the wings. China certainly has a receptive audience. One reason is that the “darker nations”, as the international-studies scholar Vijay Prashad calls global-South countries, feel greater kinship with China than with the United States and Europe.

Tags: global influence, cultural influence, civilizational dialogue, bilateral relations, china, egypt, MENA region

Mercy Malaysia Enters Gaza to Deliver Humanitarian Aid

The Malaysian Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) today entered Gaza, Palestine, through the Rafah border crossing in Egypt to deliver humanitarian aid to the people there. According to the volunteer association, the mission this time is the first humanitarian mission allowed to enter through the Rafah border since Mercy Malaysia’s last working visit in 2014.

Tags: humanitarian aid, humanitarian assistance, mercy malaysia, malaysia, gaza, gaza aid, palestine

Brazil's National Brand Hits Low Point

The news cycle about Brazil’s abundant economic and political problems – combined with issues during the Olympics – have damaged Brazil’s national brand. Latin America’s largest country dropped to 23rd place in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. It is Brazil’s worst ranking to date. NBI rates the image of 50 countries based on interviews and panels held in several parts of the world. It evaluates nations in six different criteria: politics, culture, population, tourism, the potential for immigration, and business friendliness.

Tags: Nation Image, global image, nation branding, anholt-gfk nation brands index, brazil

Shanghai Reception Celebrates Birthday of Emperor of Japan

The Consulate General of Japan in Shanghai hosted a reception on December 1 to celebrate the 83rd birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Akihito. Held at Okura Garden Hotel in downtown Shanghai, hundreds of guests, including officials from local governments, such as the city of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province,  business people, academia, artists and the representatives of the Japanese community attended the ceremony and reception.

Tags: cross-cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, china, japan, shanghai, bilateral relationship, consulate

Workshop Starts for Pakistani Heritage Professionals

A 6-day international training workshop will start from December 12 to inscribe rich Intangible Cultural Heritage on UNESCO'S Representative List of Humanity that will bring Pakistan on the cultural map of the world and would promote its soft image. National history and Literary Heritage Division (NH&LH), Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage in collaboration with CRIHAP and UNESCO, is organising the 6-day training workshop on community based inventorying under UNESCO 2003 Convention on safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Tags: soft image, intangible cultural heritage list, unesco, pakistan, arts and culture, cultural heritage

Dubai to Set up First Arab Film Institute

Dubai has announced plans to set up the first Arab Film Institute (AFI), a non-profit cultural association dedicated to celebrating and promoting regional film. Designed to bring together the most promising and brightest of Arab filmmakers under one roof, the AFI will be a unique meeting point between the art, technique and commerce involved in a prosperous film industry through learning, advocacy and networking.

Tags: film diplomacy, cinema diplomacy, cinematic arts, arab film, arab film institute, dubai, uae

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