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The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

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Fargespil (Kaleidoscope)

Building cross-cultural relationships through making music together
2016
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Fargespill focuses on what happens when differences meet through traditional music and dance:

Ethiopian shoulder dance meets Norwegian “gangar”. Mogadishu meets Kollywood, “fallturillturalltura” meets “habibi habibi”. Children-rhymes from all over the world unite in one grand polyphonic mantra. Through the fusion of our musical heritage we seek to encourage an emotional and deeply rooted understanding of the fact that we wander this little planet together – and that we need to make the best of it. Through traditional music and dance it becomes so clear; How obvious it is that we are alike, and how enriching it is that we are different.

The result is an intimate, musical meeting with young peoples’ stories about who they are and where they come from, told through music and dance from their respective cultures. The experience is elevated by professional musicians, choreographers, instructors, sound- and light designers and set designers.

Fargespill debuted with great success during the Bergen International Festival in 2004, and has since seen over 135 000 performances. They have released a book and an album, which was nominated for the Norwegian Grammys. They have performed for Aung San Suu kyi, most of the European Royal Houses and most ministers in Norway – amongst others. The Fargespill-concept is licensed to several municipalities all over the country, as well as to Sweden – and several others are on the verge of starting up their own ensembles.


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