Maya tablet inspires an intercultural campaign in Gexto (Spain)

 

The tale goes that during a walk in the neighbouring town of Getxo, the remains of an ancient Mayan tablet was discovered, attributed to the Fort La Galea, and inscribed with a legend. Based on this fictional story, Euskera and Immigration Services of Getxo (Spain), has launched a campaign called "Mayan Calendar". It includes the setting of an advocacy group and providing financial support to local associations’ initiatives dealing with diversity and integration.

 

The campaign will run throughout 2012 and will aim to foster intercultural contacts, to provide opportunities for local residents and newcomers to converge and interact in public spaces, including through the shared celebration of the Basque culture. The Euskera and Immigration Services of Getxo seeks to promote a new generation of projects that foster integration through communication and interaction between people of different backgrounds, help articulate a shared and pluralistic community identity, encourage participation of immigrants in the local language and culture and encourage the contribution of diverse cultural expressions from other origins to the local culture.

 

The campaign was launched at Aixerrota Mill, where the actor and actress Maria Gallego and Urzelai Kepa acted out the discovery of a tablet that echoed the Mayan legend, foretelling that 21 December 2012 is the date for a dramatic change. The actors showed that according to the prophecy “the end of the world does not correspond to a catastrophe or a disaster, but a change in world order”. Entry into the new cycle requires our societies to develop new sensitivities and to realise the full human potential of diversity. According to them, initiatives that incorporate intercultural coexistence as a way of life have ensured the successful passage to a new cycle.

 

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