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French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy$
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Philippe Lane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318658.001.0001

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Cultural Diplomacy and the Arts

Cultural Diplomacy and the Arts

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French Scientific and Cultural Diplomacy

Philippe Lane

Liverpool University Press

The Institut français promotes the performing and visual arts, and architecture, stressing the economic value of culture; circus arts and hip-hop now complement French ballet and theatre as training and talent-spotting are encouraged: music is in constant evolution, whether jazz, classical or contemporary, French orchestras being very active. Public-private partnerships bring together state sponsors with private donors: great contemporary art encounters staged in France maintain high visibility; aesthetic innovative industrial design embodies tradition; digital arts have their own characteristics, enriching other disciplines, including dance, theatre, the visual arts, stage performance and music. In promoting books abroad, French cultural diplomacy also encourages artistic and cultural production, scientific expertise and debate, while translation promotes awareness of France through Plan traduire: science is a growing area in the debate of ideas through interactive exhibitions, science weeks and scientific film festivals. In broadcasting, Canal France International attracts buyers from developing countries to French productions, affording greater exposure for French programmes: sales of French radio and television programmes remain buoyant thanks to drama; Unifrance promotes French cinema globally. Archaeology is historically a prime area of cultural diplomacy for France. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs finances archaeological activities around the world including subsequent publication

Keywords:   publishing, translating, broadcasting, science, music

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