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  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy presents The Language of Art and Music

  • ICD Institute for Cultural Diplomacy presents The Language of Art and Music
    The Language of Art and Music:
    “An International Symposium on the Potential for Artistic Expression to Cross Cultural Barriers”
    (International Conference, Berlin, 17th - 20th February, 2011)

    The use of culture and art to promote dialogue and understanding is a field that, though the subject of much scholarly attention, has had little impact on the behavior and activities of national governments and other stakeholders in international relations. Moreover, whilst there is a widespread agreement of the value of culture and art in raising awareness of cultural differences, there is less understanding of the potential for culture and art to offer a neutral platform for mutual cultural exchange, to transform cultural differences and unite people through emotions. "The Language of Art and Music" will work to bridge the gap between theory and practice by bringing together artists with academic experts from the field and key figures in international relations to discuss the importance of these artistic disciplines.

    Speakers for the Conference include:

    Cecilie Broch Knudsen - Artist and rector of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts
    Costas Zapas - Film Director named by Cineuropa as “one of the most outstanding directors of auteur cinema.” (tbc)
    Elif Shafak - Award-winning writer in Turkey, Author of recent best-seller: “The Forty Rules of Love” (tbc)
    Helena Bonham Carter - Actress. Starring in recent films: Terminator Salvation (2009) Alice in Wonderland (2010), The King's Speech (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) (tbc)
    Jan Vogler - Renowned Violinist & Cellist
    Meenakshi Shedde - India Consultant to the Berlin; Locarno and Dubai Film Festivals; Winner of the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 1999
    Norman Foster - Baron Foster of Thames Bank, Architect; 2009 winner of the Prince of Asturias Award; Architect of any major international buildings such as the Reichstag restoration in Berlin, Germany, Millennium Bridge, London, United Kingdom (tbc)
    Professor Orhan Pamuk - Professor and Turkish American novelist; Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature 2006 (tbc)
    Paco de Lucia - Spanish Composer and Guitarist (tbc)

    ICD Calendar 2011 (More>):

    Art as Cultural Diplomacy: A Forum for Young Leaders > (Berlin, 14-20 February, 2011)
    The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy - February Session > (Berlin 17-23 February 2011)

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