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Vice President Chen Chien-jen praised participants of the 2016 International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program Oct. 15 for their outstanding performance and contributions to Taiwan’s public diplomacy during an event at New Taipei City’s National Taiwan University of Arts. 

Kids Euro Festival, one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, returns to the Washington, DC metro area October 26 to November 6, 2016. The 9th edition of this popular annual festival features free, family-friendly performances, concerts, movies and workshops that provide a flavor of European arts and culture – no passport required!

Having fallen in love with Luxembourg 15 years ago, Pahlson-Moller stated how she found it difficult to explain where she comes from to those who ask from outside Luxembourg. This was precisely the reason for the strategy launched by the government in 2013 [...] three values emerged on which Luxembourgers and foreign residents agree. Luxembourg should be identified as “open, dynamic and reliable.” 

The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical and economic opportunity. Money and world soccer body FIFA’s desire to take one of the world’s foremost sporting events beyond Europe and the Americas helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

Flaggen der Skandinavischen Länder, by Flöschen
October 4, 2016

The newest issue of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy looks at the Nordic states.

This week brings celebrations to mark a momentous event not just for Germany but also for Europe and the world. Yesterday, October 3, saw festivities all over the country and abroad to mark the 26th anniversary of Germany’s reunification. [...] These events paved the way for German reunification and marked the end of the Cold War and European division.

This fall has been marked by numerous “jubilees”: 25th anniversary of restored Baltic States’ independence, re-opening of Nordic-Baltic diplomatic relations and flourishing of public diplomacy. The three Baltic States’ ambassadors in Denmark shared their views with the BC’s international editor on the countries’ present and further steps in streamlining mutual relations.

Chinese, Swedish and Germans will have a taste of local music during Botswana's 50th independence celebrations, courtesy of ReBatswana Music Ensemble. The music ensemble is a colourful, spirited showcase of traditional, folk, afro jazz and modern music and they are booked to perform in the said countries.

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