A curated selection of public diplomacy-relevant news from a global cross-section of English-language media outlets, including independent, corporate-owned, and state-sponsored sources. The stories featured don't necessarily represent CPD's views nor have they been verified by CPD.

Celebrate International Podcast Day September 30th

Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about yet another new podcast. In fact there are tens of thousands of them around the world and on every conceivable topic. While many have thought it was just a fad in that video would totally annihilate the traditional podcast (there are also video podcasts) nothing can be further from the truth. In fact September 30 is International Podcast Day, a day of celebrating the power of podcasts.

Tags: international broadcasting, digital diplomacy & new tech, international podcast day, education, communication technology

Abandoned at Burning Man, Bicycles Now Head for Houston and Caribbean

Thousands of Burning Man revellers abandoned their bicycles when they left the desert festival. Will hurricane victims give them a second life and a new purpose? [...] Burning Man partners with local charities to take, refurbish and sometimes donate the bikes to needy families, but this year, the sheer number of bikes overwhelmed even these partners. An estimated 5,000 bicycles were left behind.

Tags: humanitarian aid, disaster relief, burning man, hurricane maria, texas, caribbean, bicycles

China Completes International Cultural Expo To Rejuvenate Silk Road Spirit

Luo Shugang, China’s minister of culture has stressed that the key to sound relations between states lies in their respective people’s closeness to each other based on mutual understanding. Minister Shugang was emphasizing the essence of culture as a means of promoting the One Belt One Road Initiative, which holistically underscores “openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning and shared economic prosperity” amongst developing nations.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, new silk road, exhibition, Luo Shugang, one belt one road, people to people engagement, china, Dunhuang

Films Promote, Preserve Culture, Heritage: Damasane

Principal director in the Rural Development, Preservation of Culture and Heritage ministry, Paul Damasane has said films are important mediums that help in the promotion and preservation of culture and heritage and his ministry seeks to the encourage the growth of the creative industry, so it can make a unique contribution to the cultural expression. Damasane made the remarks in Harare last week at the opening ceremony of the ongoing China Film Exhibition in Africa hosted by the Chinese embassy and the China Film Group Corporation.

Tags: film diplomacy in china, film diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, china film group, Chinese Embassy, art diplomacy

Brunei-Hong Kong Relations Celebrated with Jazz Orchestra

Men in Jazz, a multi award-winning jazz band from Hong Kong, was in the country recently to give a performance at the Youth Centre in the capital and as part of the final leg of their Asean tour. [...] For many of the Hong Kongers, it was their first time visiting Brunei. Some said that they would gladly return to visit the country again with their family members and friends.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, music diplomacy, jazz diplomacy, hong kong, brunei, borneo, cultural tourism, Brunei-Hong Kong Cultural Showcase

Gunpo South Korea Delegation Makes Sister City Visit to Clarksville

An 11-person delegation from Gunpo, South Korea, recently completed a Sister City visit to the City of Clarksville that included tours of City facilities, a local factory and visits to RiverFest and local entertainment venues. In 1999, Gunpo and Clarksville both approved an agreement establishing a Sister City relationship, designed to expand cultural understanding and cooperation.

Tags: south korea, tennessee, united states, sister cities, cultural exchange, exchange diplomacy

U.S. Diplomats Sing Indian Language Poems to Mark U.S.-India Friendship

The U.S. Embassy India is celebrating September as the month of U.S.-India friendship, and the diplomats are busy showcasing their respect by reciting Indian poems and taking road trips. The last two weeks have been busy for U.S. diplomats in India as they were learning Indian languages such as Hindi and Urdu to recite the poems of Ghalib and Dagh.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, united states, india, us state department, Department of State, hindi, urdu, foreign language diplomacy

German Festival Will Have Special Features

In pursuance of its declared policy to maintain peace and harmony in the world, Federal Republic of Germany is again organizing 9-week festival in Karachi from Oct 11 to December 17 with unique events like a lecture of religious harmony by an eminent scholar, and sufi music concert, the German consul general in Karachi Rainer Schmiedchen announced here Thursday afternoon, saying with tremendous confidence that security situation has improved in Karachi substantially, proven by the presence of so many participants from his country.

Tags: germany, pakistan, Cultural Diplomacy, faith diplomacy, music diplomacy, training program

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