22 Nov - 23 Nov

Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Populism

Welcome to

Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Populism

Film screening and conference
Presented by EUNIC*
22 – 23 November 2018
Biografen Capitol, Sankt Eriksgatan 82, Stockholm

Attendance is free but places are limited. Please register here:
Film screening


The Rise of Populism in Europe is a fact.

How can we address it? Is our current cultural diplomacy directly impacted by rising populist sentiment? If so, how can one work to combat populist ideology via cultural diplomacy?

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) present a series of encounters and debates that will discuss the challenges and capabilities of cultural diplomacy in the age of populism.

The conference is aimed at creating a discussion which focuses on concrete facts and will address burning themes such as nation branding, the instrumentalisation of artists, what money decides in cultural diplomacy as well as the relationship between media and populism.

These topics will be connected to current examples from the participating countries: the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Contemporary artist Neil Beloufa (FR) will open the conference with a Keynote addressing these themes within his work and in his experience as an artist.

The conference further aims to explore cultural diplomacy as a long term strategy, to bring forward the impact it can have, tactics to be avoided and to propose new approaches and tools in a variety of fields.



22nd of November, 2018, at 6 pm

Burka Songs 2.0
in presence of filmmaker Hanna Högstedt
Film screening followed by a panel discussion

Burka Songs 2.0 (2017) tells the story of filmmaker Hanna Högstedt’s experience during the creation of the film itself. From the starting point of a political action on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, it becomes an exploration of positionality, identity and responsi­bility. The film was at the center of an intense debate in Göteborg last spring, which lead to its selection as the opening film of the Eunic conference. Burka Songs 2.0 will be screened, then discussed from the point of view of how a film can be instrumentalised for political gain. Does the content of a film even play a role if there are political goals to be achieved?


23rd of November, 2018, from 9 am to 3.30 pm

8.30 Coffee and registration

9.00 Keynote Speech Neil Beloufa (FR), Respondant: Linda Zachrisson (SE)

9.30 Nation Branding and Exporting Culture
Stefan Ingvarsson (SE), Philippe Bischof (CH), Anne-Marie Autissier (FR), Timimie Märak (Sami)

10.15 Coffee break

10.45 What does Money Decide?
Gaspar Cano (SP), Theres K Agdler (CH), Marti Manen (SP), Ewa Kumlin (SE), Neil Beloufa (FR)

11.30 Lunch break

13.00 Concrete impacts of Populism in Cultural Diplomacy
Zandra Thuvesson (SE), Maite Borjabad (SP), Jitka Pánek Jurková (CZ),
Emilia Palonen (FI), Ulrich Fuchs (DE)

13.45 Interactive Digital workshop
Questions and audience interaction mediated by Mentimeter

14.15 Short break

14.30 Media and Populism
Henrik Selin (SE), Beppe Severgnini (IT), Ola Larsmo (SE), Stuart MacDonald (UK)

15.30 Networking Cocktail


Attendance is free but places are limited. Please register here:

Film screening



*Eunic members participating: Czech Center, Embassy of Spain to Sweden, Finlandsinstitutet, Goethe-Institut Schweden, Italian Cultural Institute, Institut français de Suède, Instituto Cervantes, Swedish Institute, Swiss Embassy in Sweden.
**More about Eunic: The European Union National Institutes for Culture is a collection of representatives from the European cultural institutes and embassies. Together, the Stockholm Eunic Cluster organises projects around themes that are pertinent to each of their countries. 


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