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.

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 #2

2016

As part of the campaign “Do not Feed the Rumor!” launched by Amadora’s City Council in September 2014, the city has set up a kite contest for all primary and secondary schools. The contest is held between 2 March and 30 April 2015. The contest aims to promote the appreciation of cultural...

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Don’t Feed the Rumour #1

2016

In the framework of the Communication for Integration (C4i) project, the city of Amadora has been implementing a communication campaign focused on education and schools. The campaign aims to address the rumour, identified through research at the city level, that pupils with a migrant background...

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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

When art meets interculturality

Espai Avinyó-Language and Culture Centre

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

Apropa Cultura

28 September 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 knowledge sharing session to keep on dismantling rumours and stereotypes

13 July 2017 Barcelona, Spain

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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Municipal plan to combat Islamophobia

February 2017

Despite being a diverse city and a multicultural meeting point, Barcelona has seen an increase in hate crime and speech against Muslim population which cannot be overlooked nor tolerated. To address this problem, the city council, under the “Barcelona, City of Rights” programme, has issued in...

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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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Centre for Linguistic Normalization

2016

The Barcelona Centre for Linguistic Normalization (CLN) welcomes over 17,000 students from 127 different countries. The classes are thus an active example of diversity and the respect of difference. It is for this reason that the CNL has adopted intercultural dialogue as one of the strategic...

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Bergen

Global Future

2016

The city of Bergen was concerned to learn the findings of a survey which revealed that the ethnic background of public employees only reflected the composition of the city's population at the lower echelons. In 2013, the City Council passed an action plan called The Future Workplace which aimed...

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Intercommunal mediation

2016

Bergen has introduced many initiatives to achieve its mediation and conflict resolution policy objectives. The city has set up a generalist municipal mediation service which also deals with cultural conflicts. Bergen also provides mediation services in places such as neighbourhoods, on streets,...

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Action Plan for Inclusion and Diversity

2016

The city council of Bergen has formally adopted a public statement of its intentions as an Intercultural city. It has designed an integration strategy with intercultural elements and has developed an integration action plan to put it in practice. An evaluation process for the integration strategy...

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