Newsbulletin #1
April 2010

Capacity Building for Intercultural Dialogue
Study on Intercultural Dialogue in the EU Culture Programme
Save the Date: Our annual meeting, 8th June in Brussels
New flyer for our Platform
Open call: Visual Artists wanted
EU Spring Summit
4th EU ministerial conference on "Integration as an engine for development and social cohesion"
Council of Europe Report on Intercultural Dialogue in the Framework of Human Rights Protection
Audience Development in Cultural Institutions in Germany
Members' news



There is plenty of "fruit" set on our Rainbow Tree. While 2009 work was being reported and our core funding for 2010 secured, we put much effort into our Platform's growth. Events and publications are in the offing.

We sought direction for growth with a number of questions: How do Intercultural Dialogue activities relate to Positive Actions for equitable representation in the institutions of society? And what do social scientists make of intercultural dialogue? What research evidence and foundation in philosophy is there that Intercultural Dialogue works? Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs, chief-exec of the Barrow-Cadbury Trust until 2009, and Joel Anderson of Utrecht University, have helped us with these questions. We will publish their papers soon and thus establish a series of publications contributing to public debate.

This quest for edge to our work, ties in with the development of our 'Practice Exchanges for Capacity-Building for Intercultural Dialogue' (read about the latest one below). On 28-29th May we will be hosted by the Italian Confederation of Trade Unions (CGIL) in Rome and debate examples of 'Intercultural Dialogue in the workplace'. In October, we will cooperate with the Association for Human Rights of Andalusia (APHDA), in order to explore cases demonstrating how intercultural activities of artistic, educational and social nature can help address social exclusion or discrimination on ethnic grounds. Our annual meeting on 8th June in Brussels will serve a first stock-take of our Practice Exchanges and explore their value for EU advocacy (see below). We look forward to these get-togethers and count on your participation!

"Closing the learning cycle between policy and practice" is a key demand of our Rainbow Paper. We make our contribution as the Structured Dialogue partner of the EU institutions: Soon we will be presenting our suggestions to the European Commission's review of the Agenda for Culture, including a detailed proposal for a working group on Intercultural Dialogue in the EU Council - essentially a call on our national governments to pick up the work under the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. The results of our study on the implementation of the Intercultural Dialogue objective in the EU Culture programme are also due for presentation to the European Commission (see below).

Bear the suspense and read on for more Platform news and selected information from our institutional environment!

We welcome feedback to!

Sabine Frank, Secretary General

Capacity Building for Intercultural Dialogue
Report on Second Practice Exchange

Since we last covered our second Practice Exchange, hosted by IG Kultur Oesterreich in Vienna in November, the full meeting report has become available. Read it to find out about "political anti-racism" in cultural work in Austria, about Intercultural Dialogue as a form of "affirmative action" or about the self-organisation of migrants. Alternatively, you can read it to learn about the meeting format and consider becoming a future host.

Read the report on our second Practice Exchange in Vienna, Austria or enquire about hosting a Practice Exchange:

Study on Intercultural Dialogue in the EU Culture Programme
Getting ready for the EC consultation

Our research on Intercultural Dialogue as an objective of the EU Culture Programme has just been completed. The Platform for Intercultural Europe and Culture Action Europe conceived the study with a view to contributing to the European Commission's review of the Programme and the preparation of its next phase beginning in 2014. The first-hand research with around 200 relevant beneficiaries under the programme was carried out by Romanian cultural policy expert, Bianca Floarea, and the conclusions were turned into recommendations with the help of consultant Chrissie Tiller and Yvette Vaughan-Jones from Visiting Arts, UK. Crucial for better future policy-making with the programme will be to define Intercultural Dialogue explicitly and to design selection criteria accordingly because "The promotion of intercultural dialogue appears simply accepted as a probable adjunct of cross-border cultural activity". The study and recommendations will be open for comment on our website soon before being finalised for formal submission to the European Commission's consultation.

Save the Date: Our annual meeting, 8th June in Brussels
Intercultural Capacity Building and EU Advocacy

Demonstrating "European Added Value" is an obligation all too familiar to leaders of EU projects, and cooperation between partners from different EU countries is certainly crucial in this regard. But how do we really learn something from one place in Europe and make it relevant for another? How can the learning from several places enter EU policy-making? With these questions we want to examine our past and future Practice Exchanges for Intercultural Capacity-Building. The European Commission, one of our Structured Dialogue partners, will be invited to respond.
The European Commission will also sponsor our annual meeting once more with premises, some travel subsidies for participants and the registration management. Please plan to come on 7th June and leave on 9th June - registrations will open soon.
The open forum will be followed by our annual members' meeting in the second part of the afternoon (followed by dinner). If you also want to have your say there, this might be the right moment to become a member: Click here for more info on membership

New flyer for our Platform

Virtual information is still not everything. Sometimes paper in hand still makes the difference. If you want to get a handle on us or help make others do so: A new flyer for the Platform for Intercultural Europe is available. Print it yourself or ask us for copies. Offers for translations into other languages welcome!

Click here to download the flyer front and flyer back

Open call: Visual Artists wanted
Contribute your images to the gallery of Panorama on Intercultural Dialogue

Capturing Intercultural Dialogue with images is tricky. What we saw in the media campaign of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue was sometimes cliched. The photo competition of the Year lead to results with which 'Intercultural Dialogue" would not always have been associated. Yet images help us grasp textual information, and we need them in 'Panorama on Intercultural Dialogue', our online resource collection. Its content has been overhauled by consultant Lidia Varbanova and academic Uta Staiger and it is waiting to go public as a new database-managed, search-optimised application in June.
Come forward if you could contribute photographs, scanned paintings or drawing and other visuals (high resolution JPEG format of a minimum of 1920x1080 pixels). Images on Panorama provide backdrop but can also be viewed in a picture gallery. We are looking for free use, but copyright acknowledgement and the portrayal of the artists would be part of the deal.

Write to

See current version of Panorama here...

EU Spring Summit
Education and social objectives endorsed in EU 2020 strategy

On 25 and 26 March 2010 EU Heads of State endorsed the EU 2020 'European strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth'. It replaces the Lisbon strategy and aimed at bringing together the economic, social and environmental agendas of the EU. New is the inclusion of education and social objectives in the five headline targets: The promotion of social inclusion including a reduction of poverty, and the improvement of educational levels (a reduction of school drop-out rates, and an increase of the share of the population having completed tertiary or equivalent education). One of 9 EU flagship initiatives proposed to support the strategy is a 'European Platform Against Poverty' to be fleshed out by the European Commission by October. We welcome the inclusion of educational and social targets as a way of bringing issues pertinent to migrants and minorities to the top of the EU's priority list.


4th EU ministerial conference on "Integration as an engine for development and social cohesion"
15 - 16 April 2010, Zaragoza

"In times of economic crisis, constraints should not be placed on actions for integrating immigrants - the development of medium- and long-term policies are more necessary than ever" warned Spanish Minister for Labour and Immigration, Celestino Corbacho, at the opening of the conference. EU government representative discussed how to consolidate the common EU framework for the integration of immigrants - the 'role of civil society in the integration process' was one aspect. The European Commission's report to the conference had referred to our Platform as an initiative to 'provide greater coherence in various issues related to diversity'. The Third Handbook on Integration for Policy-Makers and Practitioners' release on the occasion refers to our manifesto, the Rainbow Paper, as a successful civil society initiative.


Council of Europe Report on Intercultural Dialogue in the Framework of Human Rights Protection

This report analyses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in terms of the promotion of cultural diversity, as championed by the Council of Europe particularly through its "White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue" (2008). The Court's views on the governance principles and preconditions of intercultural dialogue provide guidelines for politicians, academics and practitioners alike - particularly the case law on freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly.


Audience Development in Cultural Institutions in Germany
Study published

"Migrants as audiences for public cultural institutions - the status quo viewed from a supply perspective" is the title of a study recently published by the Center for Audience Development (ZAD) at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. 196 German museums and memorial sites and 94 theatres, operas and orchestras were asked what significance they attribute to migrants as target groups, what marketing strategies they use and how successful these are. More than half of the institutions reported that they already engage with the issue of migrants, and 80% of them consider targeted marketing strategies useful. The institutions mostly offer specific events, multi-lingual guided tours, and multilingual information material. They also direct their marketing at migrant organisations and schools, but largely consider these strategies 'trail and error' and remain dissatisfied with them. A lack of literature, of handbooks and of national and international exchange on the topic are highlighted in the study. A survey of citizens with a migration background and their behaviour and interest in accessing and participating in arts and culture will soon complement this ZAD study.

Read the study here... (in German only)


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News from our European-level Members

CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an inclusive Europe
Religious Diversity Training for Adult Educators

CEJI invites educators of adults to participate in interactive and participatory training sessions in Derby, UK (May 23 -28, in English) and in Rome (November 21- 26, in German). The course promises to increase participants' understanding of the concepts and issues related to religious diversity, to enable participants to recognise contemporary manifestations of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination related to religion, and to develop individual skills and institutional strategies for creating inclusive intercultural environments. The closing date for applications is April 30th.


European Culture Foundation (ECF)
Participation in European Foundation week, 31 May - 4 June, Brussels

A vast number of foundations will present what they do to improve citizens' lives in Europe with stands, displays and film screenings at three Open Days organised by the European Foundation Centre (EFC) at The Square meeting centre in Brussels. The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) will contribute a performance act by visual artist Filip Berte called "The Dialogue Audition" as well as a guided tour in a "historical museum of the future" headed by the theatre group SPACE. The ECF will moreover play a leading role in a session during the following EFC conference on "Collaboration between foundations and the European Commission". The Platform for Intercultural Europe, as an ECF co-supported project will feature in this session as well as at the ECF's stand during the fair.


European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
Newsletter dedicated to the situation of the Roma in Europe

The latest ENAR newsletter (ENARgy) tackles the Roma civil society's assessment of EU actions for Roma, presents relevant Spanish Presidency priorities, and gives an overview of the employment situation of the Roma. It also explores ways forward in addressing discrimination against Roma in education and housing and looks at the situation of Roma EU citizens moving between EU member states. ENARgy also presents a case study from the Czech Republic on racist violence targeted at the Roma and showcases two examples of Roma inclusion from Spain and Hungary.

Download latest ENARgy here

Media Education Centre
Balkan+ KFK Film Festival with special focus on Migrants, 22 - 24 April, Belgrade

The international network Media Education Centre will present the work of filmmakers aged between 17 and 25 and from 11 Balkan countries in collaboration with the International Youth Media Summit. This year's festival will focus on migration, cultural diversity and environmental issues. The film agenda will be complemented by a programme of Multimedia and Animation film workshops, guided by international professionals.


News from our National & Local Members

Art Aspects
Seminar: Relations between nature and culture, Lanzarote, 18 - 23 October 2010

Art Aspects invites to another educational seminar on "Relations between culture and nature – artistic points of view" from 18 to 23 October 2010, on the Island of Lanzarote. Funded by the EC Grundvig and Comenius programmes, the main objective of the course is to encourage intercultural exchange on European issues of nature and culture, whilst attempting to approach solutions through creative and practical work. Designed for art teachers, artists, as well as those working in adult education, participants will be provided with valuable experiences to enable future development in these fields.


Initiative of Austrian Muslims
Consultancy on the promotion of diversity in the PSA Peugeot Citroen corporate group

PSA Peugeot Citroen, a worldwide corporate group with approximately 200.000 employees, showed sincere commitment to implement principles stated in its ethics charter: The group's local branch in Spillern, Austria, aims at reflecting the diversity of society by increasing the percentage of its non-Christian and multi-national employees. Peugeot Citroen's Human Resources department organised several meetings for their employees to discuss multiculturalism as an opportunity. Tarafa Baghajati from the Initiative of Austrian Muslims and member of ENAR together with Martin Jäggle from the University Vienna guided two separate roundtables for Muslims and Christians as well as a common panel discussion in the spring of 2010. As part of its "Accord Mondial strategy for social responsibility", PSA Peugeot Citroen has signed the UN Global Act, a declaration of principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption - it anchored theses principles in the corporate group's ethics charter.

Find out more about the Initiative of Austrian Muslims...

Find out more about social dialogue at PSA Peugeot Citroen...

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