The Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) is a programme designed to develop and strengthen the cultural leadership skills of young practitioners emerging on the international scene. Through its framework, content and methodology, the GCLP specifically aims to improve the skills of cultural managers as well as develop collaborative peer-to-peer learning and network building. The second Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) will take place in the margin of the documenta14 in Athens, Greece from 19 to 23 June 2017.

All travel and accommodation costs for participants of the GCLP will be covered by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform.


Participatory group discussions and educational workshops will explore a variety of current challenges and opportunities, and provide knowledge and working approaches into: the purposes, values and principles of international networking, ways of achieving successful cooperation projects across borders and cultures, how to identify new trends in international cultural management, strengthening intercultural management skills and developing leadership on a global scale, improving soft skills for collaborating with peers in different social and cultural environments, learning how to take risks and embrace uncertainty when collaborating with new partners, develop practical communication and management skills on topics that enable young cultural managers to become new players of practice- and reflection-based diplomacy, strategies to develop leadership in and through international work, etc.


The 40 participants of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme (GCLP) will come from different fields of relevant cultural practice in their countries and represent sectors that are specifically interested in reaching out with their work globally. Geographical criteria: are nationals/permanent residents of (and are working for organisations in) Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea or the USA (a maximum of three participants from each of these ten countries will be selected), are nationals/permanent residents of (and are working for organisations in) the 28 EU Member States (a maximum of ten EU participants in total will be selected, each one from a different EU country).


Interested candidates may do it through the online application form the platform’s website. An expression of interest (approx. 500 words) is necessary which outlines the candidate’s motivation, and what he/she can bring to the learning group for sharing with his/her peers during the training. Candidates should also state what they intend to take away from the training to their own working realities back home. In addition, candidates will be asked to upload (in a pdf format) the description of an ongoing or prospective cultural project (not more than 1.000 words, pictures and media support are also accepted) that is being implemented/to be implemented in the near future.


The deadline for applications is March, 25 2017, at 23:59 CET (Brussels) time.

Candidates will be selected by the management team of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform and the five experts/tutors who deliver the programme. Selected candidates (30 from the ten Strategic Partners of the EU, and ten from the EU) will be informed about their participation by mid-April 2017. The management team will assist selected participants in their travel preparations (including visas) and bookings.

For more information on the full funded programme of the Cultural Diplomacy Platform, please visit the official website.

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