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  1. 1. Burgas, 2010 the time for action has comethe time for action has come
  2. 2.  Interculturalism is about explicitly recognising the value of diversity while doing everything possible to increase interaction, mixing and hybridisation between cultural communities.  Interculturality recognises strongly the need to enable each culture to survive and flourish but underlines also the right of all cultures to contribute to the cultural landscape of the society they are present in.  Interculturality derives from the understanding that cultures thrive only in contact with other cultures, not in isolation.  The development of a cultural sensitivity, the encouragement of intercultural interaction and mixing is seen not as the responsibility of a special department or officer but as an essential aspect of the functioning of all city departments and services.  Cities should identify a number of key public spaces (formal and informal) and invest in discrete redesign, animation and maintenance to raise levels of usage and interaction by all ethnic groups; develop a better understanding of how different groups use space and incorporate into planning and design guidelines. Quoting from: The intercultural dialogueThe intercultural dialogue
  3. 3. Intercultural city: governance and policies for diverse communitiesIntercultural city: governance and policies for diverse communities THE INTERCULTURAL STRATEGY Focusing on the sustainability and effectiveness of the results, the Intercultural City Strategy includes the establishment of partnerships and alliances within each city but also on national and international levels. The latter ensures that participating cities are closely linked with key international actors working in the field of integration and diversity at the local level.
  4. 4. The time for action has comeThe time for action has come Council of Europe meeting for Roma, 20 October European governments act to help Roma Representatives of the 47 Council of Europe countries, The EU and the Roma community gathering in Strasbourg today unanimously condemned widespread discrimination against Roma and their social and economic marginalisation. Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland who called the meeting following concerns about Roma rights during the summer, said ''the time for action has come. Today we have made a fresh start to actually helping the Roma population of Europe. Roma are fellow Europeans''. Member states agreed to a joint effort and pan European response to meet the needs of the estimated 12 million Roma living in Europe. From
  5. 5. Objective # 1Objective # 1 Burgas Municipality to promote intercultural dialogue in close cooperation with the Council of Europe Dialogue between cultures, the oldest and most fundamental mode of democratic conversation, is an antidote to rejection and violence. Its objective is to enable us to live together peacefully and constructively in a multicultural world, to develop a sense of community and belonging.
  6. 6. This site is entirely devoted to the activities of the Council of Europe to promote intercultural dialogue on our continent, and between Europe and its neighbouring regions. White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue The White Paper provides various orientations for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, based on the core values of the Organisation. The Ministers welcomed it as a “significant pan-European contribution to an international discussion steadily gaining momentum” as well as to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The Ministers emphasised the importance of ensuring Appropriate visibility of the White Paper, and called on the Council of Europe and its member states, as well as other relevant stakeholders, to give suitable follow-up to the White Paper’s recommendations. From:
  7. 7. Action: organize one-day technical seminar in Burgas (November 2010)Action: organize one-day technical seminar in Burgas (November 2010) Municipality will invite to Burgas 2 representatives of council of Europe, 2 members of intercultural city network, the project leader of European Route of roma culture and heritage, and the reknown Italian roma artist and musician “Alexian” Santino Spinelli to analyse and discuss the following Agenda items:  10 steps to an intercultural city policy: (Council of Europe document)  ways to join the European Route of Roma culture and heritage project initiatives (Brochure on line):  a draft proposal from Institute for regional strategies and Regional Roma Union Foundation to organize in 2011 the Black sea roma festival (2011) and the first phase of the open mahala project (2011-2015).
  8. 8. Action: join in December 2010 the Intercultural Cities NetworkAction: join in December 2010 the Intercultural Cities Network Intercultural Cities Network, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, was launched in the run-up to the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. The pilot phase The 1111 pilot cities involved in the Intercultural cities programme assessed, during the last two years, their governance models and policies, and developed comprehensive strategies for intercultural integration. Expert reviews, study visits, city-to-city mentoring, thematic workshops and public events supported them in this endeavour. During the pilot phase of the programme a strong network was established which now aims at sharing its expertise and experience with new cities and partners.
  9. 9. Next stepsNext steps The intercultural cities program is aiming to extend the network to make accessible tools, strategies, policies and expertise which the program and the 11 pilot cities developed and collected in the last two years. From 2011 onwards the network will therefore open up to new cities. On one hand, national networks within the pilot countries will be established. On the other hand, cities from new countries will also have the possibility to join the Intercultural Cities learning community.
  10. 10. The joining of the intercultural cities program is strongly recommended by Mrs. Irena Guidikova, Representative of the Council of Europe - Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage. In a letter from Mrs. Guidikova She explains the conditions how the Municipality of Burgas can join the program: “…As I said, they could pay for the full program, or just the membership fee of 5000 €5000 € a year…” “… for the activities of their choice…”“…The procedure to apply involves a motivation letter from the Mayor, the sending back of the completed questionnaire for the Intercultural city index…” “…a preliminary visit to discuss with politicians, officials, NGOs and media and see whether the commitment to the intercultural agenda and understanding of the concept are sufficient…”, “…we have nearly completed the new network, which will involve as new cities Copenhagen, Dublin, Lisbon, Amadora, San Sebastian, Liamssol, Geneva and Sundsvall, and are in the process of opening up the network globally (Mexico city are joining and there is interest from Seattle, Montgomery in the US and Sherbooke in Canada, as well as Tokyo. If Burgas is indeed interested, they need to let us know asap…” Contact information: F - 67075 Strasbourg Cedex; Tel: + 33 3 88 41 32 19, Fax: + 33 3 88 41 37 82 ;
  11. 11. Objective # 2Objective # 2 Burgas to be included in the European Route’s map of Roma culture and heritageBurgas to be included in the European Route’s map of Roma culture and heritage  The objective of the Route of Roma Culture and Heritage is to increase the knowledge of people in Europe about Roma history, culture, values and lifestyle, to encourage the contribution of Roma to Europe’s cultural life and diversity and ultimately contribute to giving a positive value to an image of Roma which are, more often than not, perceived in a negative and stereotyped way.  To achieve this, the Cultural Route will first develop as a network of organisations (associations, museums, documentation and cultural centres, art and education institutions, festivals, etc;) which work together towards developing a common set of activities. As a short term strategy for Burgas we propose the organization of the Black Sea Roma Festival 2011 .  As a second stage, the Route will evolve as a series of tourist itineraries across different cities and territories of Europe, which would allow visitors to gain a more thorough understanding of Roma culture. As a long term strategy for Burgas we propose the OPEN MAHALA PROJECT (2011-2015) using cultural tourism as a vehicle to alleviation of poverty and for the renassaince of the Roma neighborhood.
  12. 12. • Conference "Visibility and Recognition of Roma Culture: Putting Roma Culture on the Map“: (With the support of the Culture Programme of the EU) • 7 October 2010, Council of Europe, Agora Building, Strasbourg, France: This heritage conference marks the official launch of the 'Roma Routes' project. Heritage partners and Roma representatives from the UK, Germany, Greece, Romania and Slovenia, will explain plans to explore, celebrate and develop best practice in making Roma culture visible across Europe. • Each country will have events showcasing Roma culture which will lay the groundwork of a Roma Route of Culture and Heritage, supported by the Council of Europe.
  13. 13. Engagement through heritage is a non-confrontational and attractive method of communication, which allows Roma culture to be seen and understood, away from the tensions of policing, housing etc. Roma have the opportunity to communicate with knowledge and confidence through a range of cultural media including song, dance, artefacts, family history, food and customs.  It will provide a platform from which the Roma Route of Culture and Heritage can be developed and links can be pursued with partners across Europe interested in furthering this process.
  14. 14. SHORT TERM STRATEGY: public events to raise awarenessSHORT TERM STRATEGY: public events to raise awareness ACTION: Black Sea Roma Festival 2011 in Burgas Mass events centered on music and entertainment can become a powerful tool to promote goodwill and interest for the Roma cultural heritage. Hundreds of thousand of tourists come on summertime to the Bay of Burgas, it is definitely the best time to organize an unprecedented festival featuring concerts that will attract the visitors attention to the ““Mahala”Mahala” lifestyles and the less known skills and home made productions of local roma community. The popularity of roma music is witnessed from the great variety of Concerts that take place in many countries and continents. Here come
  15. 15. SHORT TERM STRATEGY: public events to raise awarenessSHORT TERM STRATEGY: public events to raise awareness Example:Example: Music Around the Black Sea, the fourth edition of the New York World Festival, focuses on the diverse traditions of the dynamic Black Sea region, a crossroads between Europe and Asia, and the rich musical Connections between communities surrounding the Black Sea and their New York immigrant populations. The festival begins on September 19th with Strings of the Black Sea, and culminates at Central Park SummerStage with New York’s Gypsy music event of the year– the Black Sea Roma Festival. A collaboration between the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and World Music Institute (WMI), two of New York’s premier presenters of traditional arts, the festival features renowned international artists along with New York-based master artists, and includes two US debuts. This exciting festival provides the opportunity for New Yorkers to become aware of the great cultural traditions of the Black Sea region,
  16. 16. The Sept. 26The Sept. 26 Black Sea Roma FestivalBlack Sea Roma Festival isis presented by the Center for Traditionalpresented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, World Music Institute,Music and Dance, World Music Institute, NY Gypsy Festival & SummerStageNY Gypsy Festival & SummerStage Information: WMI (212) 545-7536 CTMD: (212) 571-1555 Major funding for the New York World Festival – Music Around the Black Sea is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Heritage and Preservation. Additional funding for the Sept 20, Sept 25, and Sept 26 programs is provided by the Open Society Institute under the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015. Funding for the Black Sea Roma Festival is also provided by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Black Sea Roma FestivalBlack Sea Roma Festival
  17. 17. Black Sea Roma FestivalBlack Sea Roma Festival SUN, SEPT 26 1:30pm dance workshops, 3pm concert Black Sea Roma FestivalBlack Sea Roma Festival A Celebration of GypsyA Celebration of Gypsy Music from Turkey,Music from Turkey, Bulgaria, Ukraine &Bulgaria, Ukraine & RomaniaRomania
  18. 18. Symphonic concerts: “Romano Drom: a concert-journey into Romany Music”Symphonic concerts: “Romano Drom: a concert-journey into Romany Music” The first concert has take place on October 7th , 2010, in Strasbourg, France, in the premises of Council of Europe, in occasion of the launch of the Roma Routes project. (More: ) Two other concerts will take place in Brussels in the European Parliament on 18 November and in Lanciano (Italy) at Teatro Fedele Fenaroli on 6 November. The concerts will represent an original artistic and cultural event with the performance of Romany music and songs composed by Alexian Santino Spinelli, a Roma from the Abruzzo region. The concerts will be performed by the European Orchestra for Peace, made up of musicians from a classical background from all over Europe, and Alexian Group, which performs Romany music. (Read more on
  19. 19. • Funding the strategy:Funding the strategy: Action: Fundraising plan for corporate donors and contribution from EU funds to help Roma integration • Cultural tourism and alleviation of poverty:Cultural tourism and alleviation of poverty: Action: THE “OPEN MAHALA” PROJECT Long term strategy (2011-2015):Long term strategy (2011-2015):