Ambassador Kaljurand: The role of cultural diplomacy will continue growing
In her keynote
speech at the ICD Annual
Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA yesterday Ambassador Marina Kaljurand focused on
practical examples of culture as part of diplomacy. „Culture in its wide varieties
is an excellent tool for fostering mutual understanding,“ she stressed.
a selection of activities and events which have succeeded to create and sustain
a positive image of Estonia. She noted that it is difficult to attract
attention in this era of information overload. „You have to be creative, genuine, interesting
– and brief about it,“ she added.
She finished her presentation
with an independent short film about Estonia by two young Canadians, stressing
that everyone can be a cultural ambassador of a country. „Culture does not have
borders or limits,“ she concluded.
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA "Options
on the Table": Soft Power, Intercultural Dialogue and the Future of US
Foreign Policy” hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Johns
Hopkins University took place on January 9th – 11th in Washington, DC.