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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Mescla’t (“Mix it up”)

Promote the participation and co-working of associations from different areas and show the diversity of Sabadell in a presentation day for the entire city.
Implemented annually from April to November, but the presentation is one Saturday of October every year
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“Mescla’t” is an action implemented in the frame of the civil rights policies from Sabadell City Council. It consists in a festive day that brings together those who work in Sabadell for the culture of solidarity, active participation, and the promotion of diversity benefits and coexistence. This day aims for the social inclusion of everyone and the commitment to human rights.

The programme of that day includes different activities in the space public: concerts, rap and hip-hop exhibits, various workshops, shows of organizations, photo exhibitions, etc. In 2017 it was the 4th edition of this activity, and it involved the participation of 47 organizations to develop 25 activities all day long.

This project is led by the City Council, but it’s developed with the organizations which are part of the different commissions of the Civil Rights Department:

  • Gender, feminism and LGBTI
  • New citizenship
  • Religious diversity
  • Gypsy people
  • Youth
  • Solidarity and cooperation
  • Refugees

From April to October, some of the organizations meet up in the Mescla’t organization commission, to elaborate the program coordinated. And on November, this commission meet again to evaluate the action and propose improvements for the next edition.

This action is highly widespread in various ways: city’s website, press announcements and releases, posters all over the streets, etc.

“Mescla’t” is also useful for the organizations to meet in a common space and to know better each other, so they start collaborations that bring up different areas together (for example, the start projects with double purpose: gender and human rights, or LGTBI and cooperation).

This action is led by the City Council, but it’s developed with 47 organizations which are part of the different commissions of the Civil Rights Department.

The impact of the action undergoes an evaluation process by the organization commission and the city council professionals.


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