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Kaleidoscope of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Examples for implementing the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Six years ago, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions entered into force. In April 2012 Germany – together with other 94 Parties to the Convention - will submit a report on what is being done in Germany and abroad to implement the Convention.

As a contribution of civil society, the project “Kaleidoscope of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” gathers projects, initiatives and measures that mirrors the diversity of cultural expressions and the implementation of the Convention in Germany: Which chances offers the Convention in Germany? How was it implemented in and through Germany since its ratification? What are the outcomes? What are challenges and weaknesses? How can those be overcome?

Starting to monitor – Learning from experience

Associations, groups and players from civil society, publicly financed organisations and institutions as well as political stakeholders are called upon to send in examples that act in accordance with the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, persuade and inspire others to replicate. The Kaleidoscope aims at demonstrating Germany’s commitment in implementing the Convention.

The Kaleidoscope of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will reflect the colourful spectrum of initiatives, measures and projects: more or less successful ones, practices that do not work well, missing structures or frameworks as well as ones that help or prevent further action.


A wide variety of examples is welcome – from civil society, from institutions and organisations in politics, sciences, economy, arts and culture, education and research, in the domain of media and communication as well as with a background in international and development cooperation. In terms of the UNESCO Convention, examples are:

  • initiatives in the field of cultural and media policies, arts and education,

  • political measures, structures and frameworks that account for diversity of cultural expressions (e.g. including fiscal and/or economic policies),

  • projects and programmes that promote international exchange, mobility of artists, cultural expressions, an increase in professionalism by artists, co-productions, north-south cooperation, the access to culture and the awareness-raising for cultural diversity.

The examples should be in relation to the following fields:

  • political measures, programmes and structures in the fields of culture, commerce, media, ICT and other relevant policy fields,

  • promotion and protection of cultural expressions: visual and performing arts, arts education, cultural journalism, access to arts and culture

  • international cooperation: mobility of artists, cooperation with artists from developing countries, capacity building in the fields of management and transfer of technology, promoting independent cultural and creative industries, financial as well as technical development aid, co-production and co-distribution,

  • capacity building: increase in professionalism for artists and creators, networking, transfer of information and knowledge,

  • culture and development: integration of culture in sustainable development policies and projects,

  • exchange and analysis of information: collection and distribution of data and information on frameworks and the situation of diversity of cultural expressions, support of transparency and accountability on the administrative level, research.

The submitted examples will be examined based on the above-mentioned criteria and presented on this website. That way the virtual kaleidoscope of the diversity of cultural expressions will develop gradually, illustrating the outcomes and challenges of the implementation of this UNESCO Convention in and through Germany.

Examples can be submitted until de 31 December 2011, by filling out this form and sending it to kaleidoskop(a)

This collection will be a contribution to the first German implementation report in 2012. According to article 9 of the Convention, every four years all Parties to the Convention are to on measures taken to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions within their territory and at the international level. The data and information provided by those reports is to facilitate the exchange of experiences and practices and thereby contribute to the implementation of the Convention.

Through this project, the German Commission for UNESCO realizes proposals of the Federal Coalition for Cultural Diversity:



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