Cultural diplomacy, music, audience development
Norwegian cultural diplomacy – export of Norwegian music: cultural diplomacy through the lens of the artist
The world is becoming increasingly smaller and more globalised. Cultural diplomacy has become increasingly evident in this new landscape. The Norwegian cultural diplomacy – as an explicit part of Norwegian foreign policy – is relatively new. It rests on the interaction of two traditional sectors, cultural policy and foreign policy, in order to achieve a balanced and productive result. The opposing views of instrumentalisation (art as a vehicle) versus non-instrumentalisation (art for art’s sake) have been central concepts shaping this collaboration.
Even though there has been a growing interest in the field of cultural diplomacy in recent years, a wide research gap still remains. In particular, there is a lack of research into the views of the artists. Through interviews of musicians, this research aims to investigate firstly how an increased instrumentalisation of the arts and in particular music, is perceived by the artists themselves and secondly, the role of music in Norwegian cultural diplomacy.
Norwegian Cultural Center