Culture Action Europe together with members and partners continues to promote the role of cultural diversity and intercultural exchange in our societies.
Between March and May 2016 three important publications were released we want to draw your attention to:
- “Creation and Displacement: Developing new narratives around migration” is a generously documented study published by IETM in March 2016. Culture Action Europe contributed to this study by sharing best practices of its members and proving the role of artists in working with refugees and migrants.
- Focusing on the responsibility of the arts in accompanying migration processes, NEMO (part of Culture Action Europe’s board) published in May 2016 a study called “Museums, migration and cultural diversity“. Originally published by the German Museums Association, it was adapted and published in English by NEMO. The study uncovers museums’ potential in finding new constructive approaches to working with a range of different communities, migrants, refugees and minorities.
- Last but not least, the (soon online) 11th issue of Sounds in Europe – the European Music Council‘s extensive magazine – also brings to the front the topic of “Music and migration”. For this occasion, Katherine Heid, head of Policy at Culture Action Europe shares her thoughts in a one-pager:”Culture, the arts – and music – can be a driving force in finding a way to reconcile opposing forces, demonstrating that the culture of solidarity and diversity which Europe stands for will always be stronger than fear“. What else is there left to say?
As a reminder, Culture Action Europe also coordinates the InterCultural focus group managed by Niels Righolt of the Danish Centre for Arts and Interculture, based in Stockholm.
As co-initiator of the former Platform for Intercultural Dialogue, Culture Action Europe has also worked at developing and promoting both its members’ and wider community’s expertise, and participated in a number of projects in this field, for example the MCP Broker project, which examined migrants’ participation in cultural organisations, funded by the European Integration Fund of the European Commission DG Home Affairs.
In March 2016, it launched an extensive call to members and contacts to collect examples of good practices uniting projects for newly arrived migrants, refugees and on-going intercultural expertise/activities. These examples will feed into different publications and policy papers.
For more information or to express interest in joining this group, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.