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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Salisbury’s Intercultural Strategic Plan 2017-2027 encourages the intercultural exchanges

The Intercultural Strategic Plan includes the idea: “encourage the intercultural exchanges”. This idea is supported via actions in the Implementation Plan and is manifested through the diverse range of public events which are facilitated by the City Council.

Salisbury’s Cultural considerations and initiatives are included into many events with the intent to make them appealing to a diverse cohort. Art exhibitions held at the Council building frequently feature local culturally and linguistically diverse artists, the Council activities and events frequently have high-profile cultural facilitators and guest speakers. Furthermore, larger events, such as Citizenship Ceremonies, “Salisbury Fringe Festival” and “Australia Day” celebrations are supported via actions in the Implementation Plan and are facilitated by the City Council.

When the City manages new public buildings or spaces, it takes into account the diversity of the population. Consequently, there are no spaces or areas in Salisbury, which are dominated by one ethnic group (majority or minority) or where people feel unwelcome or unsafe.

Additionally, the design of all urban renewal plans in Salisbury is bespoke to the local community demand, considering the diversity in age, culture, identity and ability of the citizens. A recent example is the master plan for new public BBQs - a common feature of Australian public parks. It was observed that traditional BBQ designs used in public places are not conducive to inclusion of all cultural communities because there is a high proportion of vegetarianism in some cultures or because some cultures prefer to cook with coal. Therefore, a master plan for a new “Intercultural Kitchen” has been designed which caters for these needs.


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