The first phase of the training in intercultural dialogue of the project “” has come to an end in the three cities where it has taken place (Rome, Berlin and Barcelona). All the groups, that brought together a total of 85 participants from different backgrounds (artists, mediators, educators, researchers, cultural managers and people from the associative world), tackled issues such as interculturality, cultural democracy, the role of cultural spaces and institutions in the promotion of intercultural dialogue, strategies on the development of new audiences, as well as the role of artistic creation in the construction of narratives against intolerance and racism, have been discussed.
The pilot project in Rome, coordinated by , involved , actor and playwright; the curator of Teatro India Roma ; the director of the , Paolo Giulierini; , playwright; Cesare Pietroiusti, artist and president of Azienda Speciale Palaexpo; , artist, professor of law and director of the Westminster Law & Theory Lab London; , director of the ; , musician; Stefano Saletti, musician and composer; , professor of Management of cultural entreprises, Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli ; Mohamed Keita, photographer; and Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy, actress, cultural mediator and professor.
The pilot project in Berlin, coordinated by , provided trainings conducted by , artist and anthropologist; , playwright; , pedagogue and playwright; and Dr. , playwright and specialist in theatre of the oppressed, together with , theatre artist from Tehran / Berlin. They have also undertaken field visits to relevant intercultural projects: ; ; and . The topics they focused on were humour and racism; perspectives on inclusion and cultural work as a form of therapy, among others.
In the Barcelona pilot project, coordinated by Interarts, the training programme was designed in partnership with Eva García, . It involved , president of ECCOM; , Mixe linguist and activist; , Peruvian artist; the programme of the Barcelona City Council and cultural sociologist . Field visits were carried out to the project “Som aquí per a millorar les nostres vides“ a project of Vulnus, Arts Vives i Recerca in association with the independent artist , and to the project of with Laia Colell. For further information, please click .
In the autumn, the three pilots will start the participatory planning phase and will work on the design of one or more artistic projects based on participatory planning and co-design methodologies. These projects will be implemented by the participants at the end of 2021, involving members of migrant associations and communities, followed by a short period of arts residencies in the three cities to exchange experiences and best practices.