Global Cultural Leadership Programme, 27 October - 2 November 2018, Netherlands
Cultural Diplomacy Platform

Global Cultural Leadership Programme, 27 October - 2 November 2018, Netherlands

Netherlands 14 Jun 2018


“In March 2016, we have launched the Cultural Diplomacy Platform, to gather all the actors – governments, regions, cities, cultural institutes, civil society organisations, artists, sci

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Global Cultural Leadership Programme

The Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) is a learning programme designed to develop and reinforce knowledge, competences and professional networks of cultural practitioners who are emerging on the international scene. Through its framework, content and methodology, which strongly builds on peer-to-peer learning, reflection and collaborative network building, the GCLP enables young leading managers of cultural organisations to gain fresh insights and develop new approaches to international cultural collaboration practices. The programme offers a set of applied learning modules, tools and manuals for practice-based learning, giving the participants opportunities to build meaningful collaborations at the global level and within the EU.

Objectives and expected outcomes

In line with the main objective of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform – i.e. support the sustainable development of cultural diplomacy policies, activities, methodologies, tools and training programmes at EU level –, the objective of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) is to strengthen communities/networks of emerging cultural leaders and practitioners, and to engage participants in an experience of international networking through a lean, practice-based learning framework that allows them to immediately transfer newly acquired knowledge and contacts into international and local working contexts. In terms of expected outcomes, participants will be empowered with new tools and competences that will strengthen their own insight into their working practices and the organisations they manage, and offer them means to engage more efficiently in international cultural cooperation. It is anticipated that this process will generate a multiplier effect, initially within their community of practice and subsequently into their local community. The training programme will instantly enable 40 emerging cultural practitioners (30 from ten strategic partner countries of the EU2 + ten EU-based peers) to train and develop, based on a peer-to-peer learning experience, new skills for acting/collaborating in a global cultural working context.


Participatory group reflections, educational workshops, expert talks and peer discussions will explore a variety of current challenges and opportunities, and provide knowledge and working approaches into: 

  • Purposes, values and experiences of international cultural collaboration and exchange,
  • Practices and principles of cultural diplomacy and cultural relations in a global context,
  • Develop practical communication and management approaches on topics that enable young cultural managers to become new players of practice- and reflection-based diplomacy,
  • Reflecting on managing/leading cultural organizations in international working relations,
  • Developing intercultural competences and working approaches for collaborating with peers in different social and cultural environments, but also with citizens and cultural communities on local and transnational levels,
  • Learning how to take risks and embrace uncertainty when collaborating with new partners,
  • How to analyze/adopt new trends in international cultural management and identify/link to new international flagship initiatives in the field 

Potential participants

The 40 participants of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally. For the third edition of the programme in 2018, the Cultural Diplomacy Platform will look specifically for applications from outstanding cultural managers who fill in the criteria below:

Geographical criteria

  • are nationals/permanent residents of (and are managing/working for organisations in) Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea or the USA (a maximum of three participants from each of these ten countries will be selected),
  • are nationals/permanent residents of (and are managing/working for organisations in) the 28 EU Member States (a maximum of ten EU participants in total will be selected, each one from a different EU country).

Professional experience

  • work for a cultural civil society organisation (NGO), a cultural enterprise (social or for profitmaking) or a public cultural institution (such as museums, libraries, or music venues that operate on local, regional and national levels),
  • have relevant working experience in the field of at least 3 to 5 years,
  • have (some) previous experience in international networking and cultural exchange,
  • are working in a field or position that allows them to act as local/national multipliers of new leadership knowledge and global cultural networking, and
  • hold a relevant (leading) management position in their organisation

Thematic interest

  • are strongly interested in international cultural collaboration and wish to further develop professionally in a global working context,
  • show a strong awareness of intercultural sensitivities and are passionate about working on cultural issues and topics of global relevance.


The third edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP)will take place inAmsterdam, The Netherlands, from 27 October to 2 November 2018 (arrivals 27 October afternoon, departure 2 November by noon) and will include a working visit to Leeuwarden (Friesland), European Capital of Culture 2018 from 1 to 2 November 2018. All travel and accommodation costs for participants of the GCLP will be covered by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.


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