About the programmeThe Cultural Diplomacy International Programme (CDIP) was set up in 2004 to take a whole-of-government approach to cultural diplomacy. The funding aims to support cultural activities that will contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand’s economic, trade, tourism and diplomatic interests by showcasing our creative and diverse society and unique culture to international audiences.Priorities for investmentThe four priority outcomes for investment are:increased cultural and artistic opportunities for Māori and Pasifika artists and cultural practitionersraised visibility of Aotearoa New Zealand’s arts and culture sectorcultural activities that acknowledge Aotearoa New Zealand’s role as a Pacific partnerstrengthened relationships with indigenous peoples internationally.Priority geographic areasFunding will be prioritised for activities in the following geographic areas:Pacific and AustraliaChina, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and IndiaUnited States of AmericaEuropean Union and the United Kingdom.How CDIP worksWe administer CDIP with the support of a Steering Group that is made up of representatives from the following government agencies and organisations:Ministry for Foreign Affairs and TradeNew Zealand Trade and EnterpriseTourism New ZealandTe Puni KōkiriEducation New ZealandNew Zealand StoryWhat the Steering Group doesThe Steering Group’s role is to:identify and evaluate proposals for cultural activitiesrecommend proposals for approval by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.leverage the cultural diplomacy and economic impact of funded activities, using their unique resources and relationships.Expressions of interestAll organisations interested in applying for funding for their proposal must submit an expression of interest to us for the Steering Group to consider. If a proposal has strong alignment with the CDIP’s objectives and priorities, then one agency from the Steering Group will be assigned as the lead agency.The lead agency works with the applicant to develop a final proposal that shows how the project will deliver economic and cultural diplomacy benefits for Aotearoa New Zealand.The Steering Group will assess this final proposal and decide whether to recommend it to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage for CDIP funding.As a guide the application process can take three to six months from approach to submission and decision.What expenses CDIP can fundCDIP supports, but does not usually fully fund, the presentation of New Zealand cultural activities internationally. Funding support will help with costs related to:the delivery of the cultural activity internationallypublicity, media, marketing and promotiontravel and translation services.More informationFor enquiries about CDIP email: [email protected]Examples of previously funded CDIP projectsNZSO Tour of TongaCountry: TongaYear: 2023The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra undertook its first tour of Tonga. The week included performing with young Tongan musicians, the Royal Corps of Musicians and the Royal Tongan Police Band, as well as presenting music workshops at several schools.New Zealand at ExpoCountry: Dubai Year: 2021CDIP support enabled the New Zealand at Expo team to collaborate with internationally renowned New Zealand choreographer Parris Goebel at Expo 2020 in Dubai.Tuku Iho Living Legacy exhibitionCountries: China, Japan, the United States and South AmericaYears: 2015, 2017, 2019Created by the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, Tuku Iho Living Legacy highlights the best in traditional and contemporary Māori culture, featuring more than 60 works of art, in-situ pounamu (greenstone) and wood carving, live tā moko, kapa haka, contemporary musicians and cultural collaborations.Tuko Iho Living Legacy toured internationally for close to a decade and received CDIP funding in several countries when the experience aligned with CDIP priorities.New Zealand Says ‘39’Country: Japan Year: 2019A 39-day cultural festival that included a showcase of gifts — offerings or respectful acknowledgements — from New Zealand to Japan. The festival allowed all NZ Inc agencies, private sector partners, brands and products to promote themselves under this core creative concept.The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New ZealandCountry: United States of America Year: 2017A collaboration between Auckland Art Gallery and the de Young museum in San Francisco for a tour of 31 Māori portraits by artist Gottfried Lindauer.The Latin American RoadshowRegion: Latin America Year: 2017The Roadshow featured 9 feature films and 8 short films and toured to 11 cities in 7 countries.Krishnan’s DairyCountry: IndiaYear: 2016Award-winning New Zealand theatre company, Indian Ink, toured its play ‘Krishnan’s Dairy’ to Kolkata, Bengaluru and New Delhi.Venice Architecture BiennaleCountry: Italy Year: 2016Design-oriented New Zealand companies had the opportunity to tell their stories to a large and informed international audience at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.Salute — Remembering WW1Country: United Kingdom, Italy Year: 2015The Royal New Zealand Ballet toured its new programme of Salute — Remembering WW1 with choreography by Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons. The music was set to scores by New Zealand composers Dwayne Bloomfield and Gareth Farr, respectively.Taipei International Book ExhibitionCountry: Taiwan Year: 2015New Zealand was the guest of honour at the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition. 15 New Zealand authors participated in sessions at the New Zealand pavilion, alongside their Taiwanese counterparts.Te Waka HuiaCountry: United States of America Year: 2013New Zealand’s 2013 kapa haka champions, Te Waka Huia, performed at the America’s Cup opening events in San Francisco in support of the Emirates Team New Zealand campaign.