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Cultural Diplomacy and the Commonwealth
Written by Robin Marsh
Friday, October 7, 2016
You are cordially invited to an annual conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the Commonwealth in London. The conference will be in 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. Amid a wide range of presentations, there will be a panel on ‘Radicalisation in the Commonwealth’ and themes such as ‘Post-Brexit Significance of the Commonwealth to the UK’ and the Celebration of Black History Month.. A number of other prominent speakers and commentators will be participating. Humphrey Hawksley will make a presentation ‘Democracy, War and Leadership’
This will continue a series of events by UPF and ICD. For more information on the conference follow this link, Institute of Cultural Diplomacy ( http://ow.ly/FHlo304U2v9 )
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Conference
Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2016
"Cultural Diplomacy as a Means to Build Bridges between the Commonwealth and the World"
(London; October 12th - 14th, 2016)
Held Parallel to the 60th BFI London Film Festival 2016)
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
We would like to invite you to next week's conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth 2016. We look forward to seeing
you during Wednesday, October 12th afternoon, 13th during the daytime, and October 14th morning.
You are cordially invited to an annual conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the Commonwealth in London. The conference will be in 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA. Amid a wide range of presentations, there will be a panel on ‘Radicalisation in the Commonwealth’ and themes such as ‘Post-Brexit Significance of the Commonwealth to the UK’ and the Celebration of Black History Month. A number of other prominent speakers and commentators will be participating.
The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organization of 53 member states, which covers almost a quarter of the world’s entire land area and serves as an influential regional player in global political, economic and cultural affairs. The Commonwealth has a rich and diverse experience of best practices in cultural diplomacy and, for this reason, serves as a good organization in which to hold an International Symposium. In addition, the Commonwealth constitutes a global community where all members have an equal voice regardless of their size and population. Such a community, with its shared values and history, is the ideal forum for fostering mutual understanding and cooperation through cultural exchange and open dialogue.
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore created the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth in order to build on this past experience and to formulate new initiatives, which will strengthen international relations and encourage cooperation between diverse communities based upon values of peace, democracy, human rights and the rule of law within the Commonwealth of Nations.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth will address the most important issues related to cultural diplomacy in the region, and look for methods by which cultural bridges and dialogue can be improved between the Commonwealth and the rest of the world.
We look forward to meet you at the upcoming conference.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK
UPF is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA
12:00 “Cultural Diplomacy as a Means to Build Bridges between the Commonwealth and the World “
Mark Donfried (Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
13:00 “Striving for Universal Peace by Building Bridges Within the Commonwealth and the Wider World”
Secretary General, Universal Peace Federation -UK
14:00 “The Impact of Amateur Music Groups on their Communities”
(Executive Director, Making Music)
(Youth Engagement Manager, Making Music)
15:30 Keynote Address
Professor Chauhdry Shafique MBE
Countering Radicalisation Through Interfaith Work (A Case Study Example From High Wycombe and its partnership links with Pakistan)
(Founding Chairman, The Council for Christian and Muslim Relations in High Wycombe)
16:15 “Arabic Learning and the Beginning of European Universities”
Prof. Charles Burnett
(Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe, the Warburg Institute, London)
17:00 “Cultural Diplomacy from The African Perspective as a Panacea for Peace and Development“
HRM Oba Dokun Thomson
(His Royal Majesty the Oloni of Eti-Oni, State of Osun, Nigeria .
Ms. Adaeze Ekwueme
"The role of cultural diplomacy in Africa's rural transformation and sustainable development"
Miss Adaeze Udo Ekwueme is a Nigerian author and destination brand consultant. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Eti-Oni Development Group (EDG), a community development organisation aimed at transforming the rural town of Eti-Oni in South West Nigeria into a model smart town through the efficient positioning of the town’s rich natural resources including cocoa. She has written and presented papers on destination branding for academic journals and professional bodies.
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
10:00 “Education in Arts and Culture: An Essential Preparation for Life and an Economic Imperative”
(Former Head of the Green Party of the England and Wales)
Significance of the Commonwealth in Post Brexit Britain
Jonathan Fryer is a British writer, journalist, broadcaster, lecturer and Liberal Democrat politician. He was the LibDem candidate for the constituency of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 general election. Vice Chairman of London4Europe, the London branch of the cross-party European Movement. He is the former Chairman of the London Liberal Democrats and Vice Chair of Liberals International
11:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth: The Soft Power Within”
H. E. Amb. Euripides Evriviades
(High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom)
Journalist, Author and Commentator
14:30 Keynote Address
Dr. David Rogers
Director, the Kingston Writing School, Kingston University
15:15 “Towards a Principled Basis for International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy in the Commonwealth and the Wider World”
Former Secretary General, Universal Peace Federation Europe, Member of the Board of Universal Peace Federation - UK
16:30 Interactive Panel Discussion
Anti-Radicalisation in the Commonwealth
Moderator: Sheikh Ramzy
(Imam, Director of Iqra Islamic institute, Peace Ambassador for Universal Peace Federation)
17:30 “Black History Month as an Example of Cultural
Dr. Velma McClymont
(Writer/former Director of the Caribbean and African Learning and Heritage Centre, London)
Black History Month
Tony Tobunko Fernandez
Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant. He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and from time to time An International Broadcaster. He has promoted Black History Month activities for many years.
Cultural Diplomacy and Black History Month
Celebration of Black History Month
Friday, October 14th, 2016
10:00 Keynote Address
(Co-Founder, Kinetica Museum)
10:45 “Octopus and Oyster: the Political and Cultural Economy of Stored-Value Tickets in Hong Kong and London”
John Subbiah: Professional Citar Performer, Taught by Ravi Shanker, Performs in St Martins in the Field
11:45 “Building an Identity within Commonwealth: Cultural-Political Debate and the Legislative Action of UK for Cultural Heritage Management”
Prof. Andrea Ragusa
(Associate Professor of Contemporary History in the Department of International and Political Sciences at the University of Siena)
12:30 “Issues in the Formation of EU Identity”
(PHD Student with Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, the University of Bucharest, Romania – Faculty of Philosophy, in cooperation with the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
13:15 Keynote Address
(Artistic Director & Co-Founder, Grand Union Orchestra)