2008 - EU Year of Intercultural dialogue

17 August 2006

Some months ago, the European Commission proposed to declare 2008 the “Year of intercultural dialogue”. The year aims to promote intercultural dialogue as an instrument to assist European citizens in acquiring the knowledge and aptitudes to enable them to deal with a more open and more complex environment. The overall budget amounts to 10 Million Euro, a poor budget, you might say, yet a fantastic opportunity to make culture matter and to underline the role culture and arts can play in political and sociological terms. An official website including a call for ideas has been launched recently. EFA invites you to react on this call: Why are festivals a case for “intercultural dialogue”? What is the international/intercultural dimension of a festival? What makes festivals the most adequate partner to the European Commission to transmit the message of intercultural dialogue?