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A house in Bali

A glimpse of Balinese cultural treasures.

Several archaeological sites have been attacked by Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria. […] “I think the growing awareness that hard power will not be enough to defeat violent extremism is gaining ground. We need also soft power,” [Irina] Bokova said. “Culture should be part of our response to violent extremism”.

A group of 30 bloggers, photographers and foreign correspondents were guests of the Senior Public Diplomacy Group (SPDG) on a tour of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, Saturday. Led by tour leader Choi Ha-kyung, president of the SPDG, a nonprofit affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and chairman of the Korea Heritage Society, the visit was to promote the fortress ― listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 ― and to find out how people from overseas saw it.After brief introductions on the bus trip from Seoul, the group's first destination was a visit to the buil

Jazz musicians from around the world will gather this April in Paris for International Jazz Day, an event UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock hopes will bring an uplifting "positive message" to a city still reeling from last month's terrorist attacks.

The White House and Congress must be pushed by public opinion to take immediate measures to stop the flow of stolen artifact into our country. Obama administration officials should meet with the proposed legislation sponsors and get behind the draft bills objective which is to “deny terrorists and criminals the ability to profit from instability by looting the world of its greatest treasures.”

Last month China’s president Xi Jinping presented his pragmatic vision for China’s arts and creative industries. (...)Whereas his predecessor Hu Jintao saw culture as a means to boost China’s global prestige and soft power, Xi is as concerned with shaping China’s hearts and minds.

Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Lewis Holden led the New Zealand delegation at the second Edinburgh International Culture Summit, held at the Scottish Parliament last week. New Zealand was one of 25 international government delegations brought together with speakers, arts leaders and culture experts from across the world.

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