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.


Culture is the basis of community sustainable development

Policy for promoting inclusive participation through culture, to educate the tolerant society and to develop moral principles of common life in an intercultural environment through the creative self-expression, the experience exchange and mutual cognition through culture between different members of the community regardless of their origin, religion, gender or social status.
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The Policy includes the creation of artistic platforms for interaction between different groups of the population and individual citizens such as: representatives of ethnic groups and different religions of Lutsk, internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the East of Ukraine and Lutsk citizens, children, youth and elderly people. The Policy encourages cooperation between NGOs and local authorities, social integration of children and youth with disabilities, international cooperation and cultural exchanges.

Lutsk citywide cultural and artistic events became the platforms for interaction and inclusive participation of Lutsk residents. These events include: "Christmas in Lutsk" and "Easter in Lutsk" Ethno-Festivals, art projects "Christmas workshop" and "Easter workshop", "CULTUREfest" Youth Festival and the Youth Day with the participation of foreign students, "Hostyny na Veresnevomu" Festival with the participation of Roma community members, Europe Days in Lutsk, days of local cultures etc. The city authorities hold regular thematic meetings and round tables with the participation of representatives of the local national-cultural associations, IDPs and NGOs. The Department for Culture, which is directly responsible for the implementation of this Policy, initiates free handmade master classes, exhibitions and fairs of folk crafts products, provides administrative, consulting and organizational support to cultural projects of IDPs, national minorities and NGOs.

The most striking outcome of the Policy is “Palette of Cultures” Intercultural Festival. The representatives of all nationalities living in Lutsk, children, young people and older generation, as well as IDPs became participants of this festival. The participants present their national identity and cultural heritage including traditional songs, dances, musical instruments, clothes, household items, craft products, and dishes of their national cuisines.

All citywide events include the participation of Volyn Council of Churches. It is the religious organization of representatives of all Christian confessions in Volyn region. It organizes joint religious and cultural events, such as the "500 Years of Reformation", "God is rich in mercy" Charity Concert, an interconfessional feast of the Bible.

The older generation also becomes the active part of the community through participation in the city cultural life. 4 choral groups of veterans are created and perform in Lutsk. There are universities of the Third Age and a club of veterans of war and labor "Restless hearts". Also the project "Accessible cinema for pensioners" is launched.

Children and youth with disabilities are encouraged to participate in cultural life through the implementation of social projects such as "Children of the Sun. One day at work" which provides young people with Down syndrome with an internship in different institutions, including cultural ones; children festival "Special Baby has Special Talent"; film festival "ChildrenKinofest" etc.

Anti-cafe "Innerspace", created by the family of settlers from the East, became an area for inclusive participation and cultural expression for all Lutsk residents and city guests, without exception. "Innerspace" is a place where many socially useful activities take place, such as: exhibitions, concerts, parties, master classes for adults and children, art therapy.

The city authorities are interested in expanding the international participation of Lutsk through cultural diplomacy. The best platforms for the experience exchange and the search for partners in various fields of culture were: the festival "Polissia Summer with Folklore", theatre  festival "Mandrivnyi Vishak", the poetry festival "MERIDIANLUTSK", pianists competition "Chopin Spring", "Art Jazz Cooperation", the festival "Stravinsky and Ukraine", the art project "Music Beyond the Borders", intercultural art-show "Night at Lutsk Castle",  and many others. In turn, local creative groups successfully present Ukrainian culture abroad.

Follow-ups for further Policy implementation are: improvement of existing platforms for inclusive participation, creation of Intercultural Center that would bring together representatives of all Lutsk cultures, improvement of conditions for intercultural mixing by modernizing cultural institutions and public spaces, and further expanding the international partner network of Lutsk.

The indicators related to the positive impact of the Policy implementation are the following:

  • the level of positive acceptation of the Roma community representatives is increasing;
  • the number of conflicts between representatives of different ethnic groups, religions and races is reducing;
  • the majority of Lutsk inhabitants has overcome stereotypes about residents from the East Ukraine;
  • the pace of integration of internally displaced people into the Lutsk community is accelerating;
  • the number of people interested in the cultural life of the city is increasing;
  • every activity increases the number of Lutsk international partners and the international visibility of the city;
  • the number of joint cultural projects organized by Lutsk NGOs and national minorities with the support of city authorities is increasing.

The Policy is implemented by Lutsk cultural institutions and other public organizations. Besides the Department for Culture, the main activities and projects within this Policy are carried out by the following executive bodies of Lutsk City Council: the Department of Social Services for Families, Children and Youth, the Department for Family, Youth and Sports, the Department for Education, the Department for Tourism and City Promotion. The organizers of different projects within the policy are often the Volyn Regional Scientific Library named by Olena Pchilka, Lutsk City Employment Center, national cultural societies, NGOs such as: "Stendal", "Garmyder", "Settlers from Crimea and Donbas", anti-cafe "Innerspace", Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University, Volyn Youth Center, Center for Children and Youth Creativity "Dyvo". Local entrepreneurs often are sponsors of the events.

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