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Sound Diplomacy: Music opens worlds

Music as a foreign policy factor?

Music is said to have the power to strengthen social cohesion, build bridges and heal trauma. But bad people have songs too. Music can create bogeymen and incite violence. What potential does music have in international relations? Where can it help and where is it misused?



Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) und Deutscher Musikrat
The event is free of charge


Prof. Susanne Fontaine

Vizepräsidentin der Universität der Künste Berlin und Professorin für Musikwissenschaft / vice president of the Berlin University of Arts and professor of musicology

Prof. Christian Höppner

Generalsekretär des Deutschen Musikrats und Vizepräsident der Universität der Künste Berlin / secretary-general of the German Music Council and visiting professor of cello at the Berlin University of the Arts

Dr. Claudia Schmölders

cultural theorist, lecturer and journalist

Ronald Grätz

Generalsekretär des Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / secretary-general of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa)