When we talk about the growing role of culture in international relations, are we simply talking about cultural diplomacy in a new guise? What roles for new state actors (such as cities and regions) and non-state actors (such as networks, foundations, artists and arts administrators) in international cultural relations? How can we ensure balanced cultural exchange and equal partnerships, while fostering connectivity in Asia & Europe?These questions are high on the agenda of Asian and European Culture Ministers who will meet at the 8th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting (ASEM CMM8; 1-2 March 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria), being  organised in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).


To channel civil society inputs into this Ministerial Meeting, ASEF is organising a policy panel: From Cultural Diplomacy Towards Cultural Co-operation: What Future Directions for Asia-Europe Relations (28 February 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria), during the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of ASEM CMM8. Key messages from the panel discussion will be presented to ASEM Culture Ministers on 2 March 2018.



Panellists include:


Ms Tzvetelina IOSSIFOVA, Chair of the Board of Founders, Red House Centre for Culture and Debate

Mr Andrew MURRAY, Director, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) Global Office in Brussels;

Mr Kennie TING, Director, Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore) & Chair, Executive Committee of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)

Moderator: Ms Anupama SEKHAR, Director, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)


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