International Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2021

International Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2021 is an annual conference that engages cultural diplomacy practitioners, international journalists, scientists, and diplomats. The Forum discusses countries’ international representation through cultural diplomacy and cultural relations.

About the Forum 2021

This year, participants will share experiences and brainstorm about opportunities for international cultural relations in addressing global challenges.


Themes of International Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2021:

  • Disinformation
  • Gender equality in cultural diplomacy projects
  • Human rights protection in conflicts
  • “Decolonisation” of culture

10:00 - 10:20

Welcome remarks 

Dmytro Kuleba,

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Stanislav Liachinskiy,

Social Capital Program Director of the International Renaissance Foundation (UA)

Yarema Bachynsky,

Director in American Councils for International Education, Ukraine

Tetyana Filevska,

Acting General Director Ukrainian Institute

10:20 – 11:05

The role of international cultural relations in addressing the global challenges  


  • Why should cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations work with global challenges? 
  • Can international cooperation projects help in advocating and addressing common challenges of humanity; if so – how?  
  • Why should we talk about complex topics in cultural diplomacy projects, and how does it contribute to understanding between countries? 

Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Founding Director of the Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy at University of Southern California (USA)

11:15  – 12:00

Geopolitical map of the world: the global agenda and cultural diplomacy 


  • What key global policy processes are worth understanding?
  • What are the goals ahead of Ukraine?
  • What is the role of culture and soft power for Ukraine today?

Orysia Lutsevych, Head and Research Fellow, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House (UK)

12:15 – 13:15

Ukraine on the world map: foreign policy and cultural relations 

  • How does global order influence Ukraine’s standing today? 
  • Role and potential of Ukraine in international cultural relations 
  • International positioning of Ukraine through cultural diplomacy: setting objectives for the future 

Vivian S. Walker,

Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (USA)

Emine Dzheppar,

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (UA)


Volodymyr Sheiko,

First General Director Ukrainian Institute (UA)

14:15– 15:00 

Cultural diplomacy and the problem of disinformation 

Liubov Tsybulska,

First Head of the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security at the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy (UA)

Marieluise Beck,

Co-Founder and Director for East-Central and Eastern Europe of the Center for Liberal Modernity (DE)

Iryna Borovets,

Acting Director, Communications and Public Diplomacy Department, MFA of Ukraine (UA)


Volodymyr Yermolenko, philosopher, writer, and journalist, Head of Analytics at Internews Ukraine (UA)

15:10 – 15:55

Women’s voices in the world: cultural diplomacy and gender equality 

Iryna Slavinska,

Executive Producer at Radio Culture, translator, and writer

Agata Siwiak

Art Director and Curator of Close Strangers Theatre Meetings festival, Assistant Professor of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (PL)


Iryna Prokofieva, Programme Director at the Ukrainian Institute (UA)

16:05 – 16:50

The role of culture and international cooperation in the protection of human rights in conflicts 

Iryna Tsilyk,

film director, writer, winner of the Sundance Film Festival (UA)

Amila Lagumdzija,

Project Director, Head of Arts Western Balkans at British Counci (BA)


Alim Aliev, Deputy Director General Ukrainian Institute (UA)

17:00 – 17:45 

Post-colonialism and intercultural relations: reappropriating or sharing common cultural heritage

Dr. Tamara Hundorova,

Dr. of Science, Prof., Corresponding member, NAS of Ukraine (UA)

Mayhill C. Fowler,

historian and Associate Professor in the Department of History at Stetson University, where she also directs the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (USA)


Tetyana Filevska, Acting General Director Ukrainian Institute (UA)

17:45 – 18:00 

Closing remarks 

In 2021, the forum will be held online and in-person (if not limited due to pandemic restrictions). The broadcast will be available on the Ukrainian Institute’s Facebook page.

The International Cultural Diplomacy Forum 2021 is organised by the Ukrainian Institute in cooperation with 

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.