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- About the Platform
PIE's Intercultural Practice Exchanges as a series
Intercultural Practice Exchanges are an activity format of the Platform for Intercultural Europe which is based on the policy paper it elaborated through public consultation in the course of 2007/8: “The Rainbow Paper. Intercultural Dialogue – from Practice to Policy and back”. This document contains four chapters of recommendations, which the Platform for Intercultural Europe put forward at the end of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. The Practice Exchanges are designed to address the issues of the Rainbow Paper’s chapter II on building capacity for intercultural dialogue in (civic) organisations. This chapter makes recommendations on reviewing staff compositions and governance structures, serving constituencies, growing intellectual resources and advancing through comparison in a European perspective.
A number of Practice Exchanges have already taken place, each with a specific issue at core, and each organised in collaboration with a local member of PIE:
- Exemplary intercultural practices in cultural institutions
Malmö, southern Sweden on 15/16th July 2009
Brought together professionals from artistic and cultural organisations from across the Nordic region. It was hosted by the Nordic Forum for Interculture.
- Self-organisation of migrants in the cultural domain
Vienna, Austria on 20/21st November 2009
Brought together representatives from the cultural sector and from minority and migrants’ rights organizations. It was hosted by IG Kultur Österreich.
- Intercultural dialogue in the work place and in trade union work
Rome, Italy on 28/29th May 2010
Brought together representatives from trade unions and other civil society organisations. It was hosted by the Italian Trade Union Confederation CGIL.
- "Ethnic artists" and their experience with cultural institutions
Sidcup, London, UK on 15/16th December 2010
Brought together theatre practitioners, arts consultants, anti-discrimination activists and academics to discuss the position of ethnic minorities in the arts in the United Kingdom. It was hosted by Border Crossings and the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.
- Roma, muslims, new neighbouring nations - old diversity in new guises in Slovenia
Ljubljana, Slovenia on 30th November/1st December 2011
Brought together representatives from media training programmes for young Roma, youth community projects, protagonists in the debate on the building of Ljubljana’s first mosque and politicians at the time competing in national elections. It was organised in collaboration with Kud Pozitiv and Exodos Ljubljana, and hosted by the Municipality of Ljubljana.
- The arts in post-conflict social cohesion and faced with new diversities
Belfast, UK on 14/16th November 2012
Brought together academics, artists, representatives from community projects and politicians to consider perspectives on interculturalism from a society emerging from a prolonged and violent conflict. It was organised in collaboration with Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and took place at the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre).
Reports on these Practice Exchanges can be downloaded from their individual dedicated pages.
Basic Concept of Intercultural Practice Exchanges
The core topic of Practice Exchanges is the intercultural adaptation of civic organisations to growing population diversity, which is a result of migration and/or the existence of indigenous minorities. However, depending on local specificities, intercultural project work, especially if it is conceived as a contribution to systemic change, can also be the subject of Practice Exchanges.
Given the Platform for Intercultural Europe’s political role in the EU cultural policy domain, we are particularly interested in relevant practice in the cultural sector, but especially where collaborations with other sectors are evident.
The concept of Practice Exchanges recognises the urgent need to enable and facilitate dialogue about how different people and groups make sense of their experiences. This concept builds on the principle that intercultural dialogue is a democratic process that requires and enhances participants’ competences for democratic engagement. Furthermore, the Practice Exchanges reflect the obligations and aspirations of the European Union by valuing diversity and by seeking common solutions, which can be also adapted to local situations.