Newsletter N° 30 - December 2013

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Can cities learn to perceive cultural diversity not as a threat but as an opportunity? How can they make diversity work to their advantage? Can the city become the focus of collective identity bridging ethnic and religious identities? In the context of the Intercultural Cities programme several pilot cities will review their policies through the "intercultural lens" and develop intercultural strategies in order to meet the challenges of a world in motion.


MultiWalks: a smartphone App revealing Europe's neighbourhood stories, through walks made by artists


The free MultiWalks App offers you alternative tours of European cities, with walks made by artists. It's available on iOS/iPhone from Friday 18th October and coming soon on Android. Created by a partnership between award-winning arts company motiroti (UK), Centro Interculturale Mondinsieme (Italy) and Oslo Intercultural Museum (Norway), with technology support from Do Tank Studios, MultiWalks finds new ways to reveal the different characters, voices and histories of lesser-known neighbourhoods in London, Oslo and Reggio Emilia. The walks can be experienced from anywhere in the world, and 'on location' - where you, the walker, can follow your GPS-enabled progress across a unique artist's map of the area, and use the App to spur your interactions with the people and places around you. (more...)

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Fifth edition of the Festival "ALL – Walk of Cultures" 2013


For the fifth consecutive year, Lisbon City Council promoted the Festival TODOS – Walk of Cultures in partnership with GLEM (Lisbon Crossroad of the World Office) and the Academy of Cultural Producers.   This intercultural event is centred in its new territory, in the area of São Bento and Poço dos Negros streets, fulfilling its vocation of a nomadic festival that takes place in different neighbourhoods. The organizers intended to find out new multicultural and intercultural foci in the city of Lisbon, fighting down idea of ghettos and bringing people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups closer to each other. The programme of the Festival points to the interculturality present in Lisbon and the inter-religious dialogue is sub-theme associated to that idea. (more...)


14 Spanish municipalities signed the first Living together Charter


On November 2013, “la Caixa" Foundation, the Ministry of Employment and Social Security and 14 local authorities of Spanish cities signed the first Municipal Living Together Charter for Conviviality, to work for social cohesion and intercultural conviviality at the local level in a creative and positive perspective. The Charter was signed by the Mayors of 14 cities in which ethnic diversity is higher than the Spanish average: Barcelona, Elche, El Ejido, Granada, Getafe, Jerez de la Frontera, Leganés, Logroño, Madrid, Paterna, Salt, San Bartolomé, Tortosa and Zaragoza. Promoting conviviality and social cohesion in areas with a high diversity of cultures is one of the great challenges "la Caixa" Foundation has taken up. (more...)


Bilbao City Council improves the results obtained in the Intercultural Cities Index by implementing the ICC recommendations and best practice guidelines


Bilbao is a Basque city with a population of 349,869 inhabitants and is the business, social and cultural centre of the Basque Country, Spain. The most significant population group –people with Spanish nationality– constitutes 91.85% of the city’s inhabitants. People with Spanish nationality could be foreign-born, but national/non-national are the categories used by the Spanish administrations. In 2003, foreign residents in Bilbao constituted 3.1% of the city’s inhabitants, but this figure has notably increased in the last 10 years. As of 1 January 2013, the estimated percentage of foreign-born nationals resident in the city was 2.48% and only 8.15% are non-nationals. (more...)

Are you interculturally competent?


The Intercultural Cities Programme and the Pestalozzi Programme are launching a new web application. Optimised for smartphones and tablets this tool will help you look at your intercultural competence in a playful way, recognise your strong points as well as areas which need further development. The present application is based on an educational tool developed by a group of education professionals from all over Europe.

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Diversity in Hessen


Hessen is a diverse society. Currently, one in four Hessians has an migration background. Regarding children under the age of six the number is nearly fifty per cent. Due to the population change, the Hessian government wishes to foster a lasting common culture based on the values of the German constitution. However, cultural barriers still exist between native Germans and immigrants, as well as between different groups of immigrants, that hinder mutual acceptance. (more...)


ICC: Facebook and Twitter


The ICC programme is proud to note that its Facebook "friends" have increased to 658 and its Twitter followers have increased to 737. They are kept informed regularly on ICC progress. Please remember to check out the Facebook page and Twitter.

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