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.

Compilation of Good Practices from ICC Cities 2017 (April 2018)

Amadora

Zambujal Gets Better!

2016

The municipal housing stock of Amadora consists of 2052 houses across three main districts with a large number of residents of the same Cape Verdean ethnic background. Many of the residents were economically and socially excluded, Several projects for the integration of the resident population in...

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Amadora Empreende

2016

The Programme “Amadora Empreende” seeks to identify, in association with the youth and people in situations of social vulnerability, individual entrepreneurial initiatives by providing the necessary conditions for developing a business idea. There are two distinct points of action: “A Incubadora...

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Don’t Feed the Rumour

From September 2014 to May 2015 (still ongoing as part of the municipal strategy for promoting interculturality)

“Immigrants are linked to crime and radicalisation”, “immigrants live off grants from the state” or “foreign children only bring problems to the schools”, are just a few of the rumours spread about immigrants. The campaign “Do not feed the rumour” aims to fight against stereotypes, prejudices and...

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Ballarat

The Harmony Fest

2016

In 2010, Ballarat promoted a unique festival to encourage its citizens to meet and get to know each other. Since then, every year during the month of March colours, music and flavours invade the city and the residents crowd streets and avenues to celebrate diversity. The Harmony Fest usually...

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Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program

2016

The City of Ballarat launched its Multicultural Ambassadors’ Program (MAP) in November 2009. This program was developed in order to provide leadership within the migrant community, therefore encouraging minorities to participate in the political life of the City. Multicultural Ambassadors come...

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Barcelona

Barcelona: The districts reflect on education and interculturality

21 June 2018

On 16 May, technical representatives of all the city’s districts met to work on the challenges implied by intercultural education. During the last two years the BCN Interculturality Programme has encouraged periodic collaborative meetings with the technical area of Barcelona City Council ‘s...

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Measure to promote the participation of people with diverse cultural and native backgrounds in Barcelona participation areas

On-going, until end of 2019

This new government measure is an action that emerges from a shared concern in relation to the possibilities to make traditionally excluded population(s) enjoying active “citizenship” and full participation, throughout the different participation channels or areas of work. More specifically, the...

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Barcelona - Microhistories of the diaspora: experiences of the feminine dispersion

2018

Microhistories of the diaspora is a project which invites to think the concept of the «diaspora space » instead of the concept of diaspora alone. The project investigates which specificities add race, gender, class or language, to “embodied experience of diaspora subjectivities”. In this sense,...

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The BCN Anti-rumour Network celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination through two anti-rumours workshops

2018

The “Dynamisation Group” of the BCN Anti-rumour Network has organized two workshops on the occasion of the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Muslim singers against Racism and Maleness is a space for discussion and analysis with the moderation of Wafae Moussaoui, organised on 20...

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Art, music and theatre prevent social exclusion and promote the democratization of culture

2017

Apropa Cultura is a network of cultural facilities, such as theatres, concert halls, festivals and museums, whose main purpose is to encourage inclusiveness promoting cultural activities and events. The initiative started during the season 2006/2007 when L’Auditori launched the Auditori Apropa: a...

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A pioneer plan to combat Islamophobia

2017

The City Council of Barcelona has presented its municipal plan to combat Islamophobia, a pioneering municipal government measure in the Spanish state which aims to guarantee social cohesion and protect human rights. The document has been discussed and agreed upon in a process involving eighty...

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A knowledge sharing session to keep on dismantling rumours and stereotypes

13 July 2017

On the 13th of July 2017, the BCN Antirumours Network training team organised a meeting with associations and experts at the Casal de Entidades Mas Guinardó with the goal of going further into concepts such as the intersectional and decolonisation perspectives. The BCN Antirumours Network is...

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Interconvictional ceremony in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Barcelona

One week (17-24 August 2017)

The ceremony was organised in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Barcelona on 17 August 2017 and included in the framework of the citizens’ rights and diversity strategy of Barcelona City Council. The objective of the initiative was to offer an open space in which to pay tribute to the...

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When art meets interculturality

28 September 2017

Espai Avinyó-Language and Culture Centre has been providing since 2011 a wide range of cultural activities aiming to be as inclusive as possible, highlighting the importance of interculturality through the masterpieces of artists coming from different cultural backgrounds. The artistic activities...

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Barcelona City Council presents a pioneer plan to combat Islamophobia

2017

The City Council of Barcelona has presented its municipal plan to combat Islamophobia, a pioneering municipal government measure in the Spanish state which aims to guarantee social cohesion and protect human rights. The document has been discussed and agreed upon in a process involving eighty...

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Do It In Barcelona

2016

Do it in Barcelona aims to attract foreign entrepreneurs to the city by providing them with support services for the development of their businesses. The programme helps newcomers by ensuring they have knowledge of the new environments in which they find themselves and the tools that can guide...

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Barcelona’s Strategic Framework for Immigration and Interculturality

2016

The Barcelona Interculturality Plan (2010) was a mandate of the City Council’s Immigration Working Plan 2008 and its main goal was to define a clear intercultural policy strategy about how the city faces the challenges posed by the increase in sociocultural diversity for the next 15 years. The...

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Intercultural public space

The city of Barcelona places enormous importance upon public space as the place where a diverse but harmonious community can be built. This means that place-making professionals (such as architects, planners, transport managers, constructors etc) within the city council must develop their...

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XEIX

2016

The project is about fostering intercultural relations in multi-ethnic districts through raising the level of interaction of businesses with each other and their communities. The project was first implemented in 2012 in Fort Pienc, a neighbourhood with an important presence of Chinese families...

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Co-existence through Education

2016

Through the project Convivència i Mediació (Co-existence and Mediation) the City of Barcelona has reorganised its school teaching service to strengthen the values that ensure coexistence in a context of cultural diversity. The new reality makes schools work to promote the values of respect for...

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