Who we are
Danish Cultural Institute is a self-governing institution. Since 1940 we have been engaged in fostering mutual understanding between people and cultures.
We believe that the arts and culture are among Denmark’s most important assets. We are committed to sharing knowledge on and sympathy for the values of the Danish society. In cooperation with partners, we develop international culture and societal events, Projects and people to people contacts, that can provide mutual value and inspire.
It is our mission to contribute to strenghtening Denmark’s way of handling some of the challenges of globalization. This we do by focusing on arts, culture and society within a prioritized numbers of themes: children and youth, education, science, welfare and sustainability. We also focus on developing new ways of cooperation, which stimulate innovation and co-creation. In our activities we always try to create opportunities for intercultural relations, understanding, sustainable growth and development.
Our Institutes abroad are the focal points for the creation of long term cultural relations, that contribute to inspire Danish arts and culture, and strengthen the mutual learning process, that can challenge and inspire cultural life at home as well as abroad.
At the moment we have branches in Denmark, Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Latvia, Poland and Russia. In 2018 we had activities in 18 countries, including pop up activities in Belarus, Ukraine and Turkey. The institute in Belgium will be closing down in autumn 2019.
Top photo: the Danish ensemble AquaSonic, performing music under water at Mannheimer Sommer in 2018. The performance is produced by Between Music.