The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

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.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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Intercultural Week – X Edition

Aim: To foster social cohesion and a general sense of belonging to a plural community, through the promotion of shared reflections, the education to live together with otherness, the aptitude for dialogue and for intercultural exchange.
Casalecchio di Reno, Italy
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Intercultural Week – X Edition

INCONTRI DI MOnDI – X EDITION was born and is developing within the intercultural strategy of Casalecchio di Reno Municipality. The initiative, that is renewed every year since 2009, consists in a week of conferences, shows, educational meetings, workshops and events, all connected by the common thread of the current edition’s theme. The events are conducted by experts from the academic world, from the public administration, from schools and associations. Every year, in line with the chosen subject, thematic focuses, workshops and educational paths, shows, events, public meetings and exchange, sharing and participation occasions with people or groups of local migrants are proposed. The targets are citizens (teachers, parents, administrators and public operators and volunteers), students (from Kindergarten to University) and children.

Two editions of INCONTRI DI MOnDI were documented in books:

G. Amodio, M. Ruggiero (a cura di), 2012, INCONTRI DI MOnDI – Saperi, Luoghi e identià. Azioni e processi educativi e d’integrazione sociale, Maggioli Editore.

G. Amodio, M. Ruggiero (a cura di), 2018, INCONTRI DI MOnDI – Madri lingue lingue madri. Pluralismo linguistico e identità nei processi migratori, Maggioli Editore.

The opening event of the Week is particularly significant. In 2019 it was the conference “PARTIAMO DA RIACE”, a presentation conducted by the Professor Nico Staiti about the research project of RiSorse (Ripartiamo da Riace) of Bologna University. The project was conducted in the Italian region of Calabria, Campania, Marche and Piemonte. The team inspected the interactions between local communities and immigrants (on the cultural and economic aspects) in the realities where, thanks to virtuous integration politics and projects, the presence of immigrants represents a useful source for economy and society. The research aims to produce audio-video documentation to report academically this aspect of immigration that, in Italy, is usually illustrated in a marginally and sporadically way.

The impact of the action will be evaluated through a long-term process among the individuals involved. In addition, the organizers will evaluate it in a qualitative and quantitative way.

Over the years, INCONTRI DI MOnDI obtained the support from Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, Emilia-Romagna region, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the Metropolitan City of Bologna and from the local School Office.

The sponsor of the initiatives are Fondazione Augusta Pini, Istituto del Buon Pastore ONLUS and the catering service company Melamangio Spa.

The program is realized in collaboration with local public agencies: Casalecchio delle Culture, Casa della Conoscenza,

Teatro comunale Laura Betti, Spazio Eco, Casa della Pace.

Moreover, Cooperativa AIPI, volunteering associations, comprehensive institutes and high schools of the territory cooperate with the initiative.


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