The Espai Avinyó-Llengua i Cultura is a project under the BCN Interculturality Programme launched by Barcelona City Council. It promotes the recognition and knowledge of cultural diversity, through cultural-activity programmes in order to improve interculturality and developing a culture of openness and citizens’ rights and diversity.
The Espai Avinyó aims to be a dialogue and a meeting space for promoting reflection on what cultural diversity implies in every sphere of society and on the challenges involved in exchanging knowledge from various parts of the world. Its goal is to boost the principles of interculturality by raising the profiles of and lending recognition to the various forms of cultural expression found in Barcelona. It does this under a quarterly programme of free activities open to everyone. These activities come in several formats (talks, itineraries, cinefora, workshops, artistic exhibitions etc.,). The Espai Avinyó also creates exhibitions with an intercultural approach that are at the disposal of the city’s facilities and associations which aim to work, through the exhibition, on intercultural perspectives.
The quality and impact of the Espai Avinyó's activities are continually assessed through forms that are given out to attendees. These forms are not only aimed at assessing the public's level of satisfaction with the activities but also the extent to which these have proved useful for achieving the Espai Avinyó's goals, as an intercultural project. In this regard, and bearing in mind the principles of interculturality, in 2018 approximately 89% of the attendees who assessed the Espai Avinyó's activities considered that cultural diversity had been recognised in the activities.
Likewise, as regards positive interaction, around 89% of the attendees who assessed the Espai Avinyó's activities considered the activity in question had made them more interested in relating to people from other cultures. As for equal rights in accessing the activities, most of the attendees who assessed the Espai Avinyó's activities regarded that aspects such as price, opening times and access by public transport had facilitated their participation in the activities.
Besides the satisfaction surveys run with the wider public, the Espai Avinyó further undergo periodical quality assessment by its own technical staff.
The Espai Avinyó regularly collaborates with Barcelona’s civil society under the joint activities programme with the city's social organisations competent for interculturality. It has also collaborated with the city’s institutional cultural spaces, such as the Barcelona Institute of Culture.
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