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Cultural Exchange Program
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Overview

To advance U.S. foreign policy goals, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Programs Division initiates global exchange programs, fortifying civil society and fostering inclusive professional and social networks. The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka hosts programs engaging filmmakers, artists, musicians, and sports experts. These initiatives educate, share talent, and amplify the voices of cultural leaders, establishing lasting connections that position the United States as a partner for peace and prosperity. 

American Film Showcase (AFS) Program

The American Film Showcase Program is the Department of State’s premier film and television exchange administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program components include AFS film screenings from a curated list of award-winning U.S. documentaries and feature films, an AFS documentary filmmakers’ workshop in the United States, and AFS envoys for in-country programs. U.S. Embassy Dhaka uses film screenings to reach new audiences and engage in discussion on critical issues. The embassy nominates one to two documentary filmmakers annually for a ten-day documentary workshop in the United States.  

For more information, visitAmerican Film Showcase | Exchange Programs (state.gov) 

Global Media Makers (GMM) LA Residency

The Global Media Makers LA residency is a cultural exchange initiative to strengthen connections between American and international film professionals. This collaboration receives support from Film Independent and the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Within this program, participants actively engage in a residency featuring filmmaking workshops, conversations, networking events, and mentorship opportunities. The goal is to establish a platform facilitating meaningful interaction, knowledge-sharing, and collaboration among filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. Annually, Post, as part of the GMM partnership, actively hosts U.S. Film Envoys, involving Bangladeshi filmmakers and enthusiasts in dynamic filmmaking workshops, conversations, networking, and mentorship opportunities. 

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U.S. Arts Envoy Program

The Arts Envoy Program actively involves American artists and arts professionals in cultural exchange initiatives. These programs aim to showcase the best of the U.S. arts community globally, fostering cross-cultural understanding and collaboration. Through workshops, performances, and mentoring, American arts professionals, including performers, visual artists, poets, chefs, and more, contribute to these efforts. Additionally, virtual programs enable U.S. artists to engage online, expanding reach and forming longer-term connections with international audiences interested in interacting with American arts professionals. 

For more information visit: Arts Envoy | Exchange Programs (state.gov) 

Sports Diplomacy Programs

The Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division actively engages in global people-to-people sports exchanges to connect with diverse communities. U.S. Embassy Dhaka annually oversees Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Sports exchange programs for youth, including the espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), the Sports Envoy Program, the Sports Visitor Program, and the International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI). Past programs featured an Olympic gold medalist and a WNBA basketball athlete, professional coaches and retired soccer athletes, and volleyball coaches. 

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American Music Abroad (AMA)

American Music Abroad is the Department of State’s flagship musical exchange program, reaching audiences in more than 40 countries each year. Bands from across the United States compete to participate in a month-long, multi-country music and education tours hosted by U.S. embassies and consulates. AMA is implemented by American Voices. 

For more information visit: American Music Abroad | Exchange Programs (state.gov) 

TechCamp

TechCamp is the Department of State’s flagship program that offers international workshops to train young people on tools to identifying real-world challenges and working in partnership with trainers to apply technology solutions to these challenges in their local communities.  

For more information visit: TechCamp (america.gov)