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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Limassol’s Neighbourhood Councils develop a culture of openness and interculturality

Limassol successfully operates a programme called “neighbourhood councils” which, among others, provide support to the organisation of various mobile cultural events such as the rotating cultural festival Neighbourhood Day, held every year in different neighbourhoods. For 2020, it was planned to be held in three areas simultaneously but was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In collaboration with the neighbourhood councils and the city’s theatre development agency, the city organises “Neighbourhood Theatres” which are open and free for all residents and characterised by a popular and high quality artistic approach. The city also organises satellite events within the traditional city festivities. For example, carnival choirs visit the neighbourhoods during the carnival days, the “Europe day” activities take place outside the main promenade area, and always offers free entrance and intercultural content. Additionally, various sport and cultural events take place regularly all over the city.


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