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Arts
Traditional dances to develop intercultural dialogue

By reconnecting youth to the practice of cultural traditions, no matter what their religion, color or ethnicity is, Indlondlo Zulu Dancers aims to encourage young people to stay away from drugs and criminal activities, while building an intercultural dialogue through dance, among the members of its dance troupe.

The NGO performs, as well as educates, cultural dances in the rural areas of the Valley of 1000 Hills / KwaNyavu / Mkhambathini and surrounding areas (South Africa). The aim really is about providing a positive model for young men from backgrounds lacking male role models, due to the history of a nation where families were torn apart because men often had to live apart from their families.

Publications
Arts and Culture for intercultural dialogue: Concepts, Policies, Programmes & Practices

The concept of intercultural dialogue will have different meanings in different countries depending upon their histories, traditions, population structures, concepts of
citizenship and the distribution of rights and freedoms.

Indeed studies show that intercultural dialogue has been understood in a plurality of ways ranging from promoting: a culture of peace, a dialogue of or among civilisations, cultural co-operation or diplomacy, integration and social cohesion through community participation, etc. It has also been used interchangeably with terms such as ‘cultural diversity’ or ‘multiculturalism’. Some have even argued that the concept is in itself contentious and places artificial boundaries around cultures and their ‘representatives’.

The present resource maps views and collect examples of good practice on the role of intercultural dialogue in the arts and arts policies.

Arts
Storytelling for peace: spark the intercultural dialogue with a movie

Founded in 2003, Just Vision is nonpartisan and religiously unaffiliated. They tell the under-documented stories of Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders who work to build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all. Just Vision approach goes through award-winning films, digital media and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action.

Arts
Television and radio drama series to unlock inter-community dialogue

The Crossroads Project promotes alternative ways of resolving conflict leading to social cohesion, reconciliation and lasting peace among communities in Northern and North-Eastern Uganda.

Media Focus on Africa (MFA) designed and produced a 13-episode television and radio drama series – Yat Madit – based on real life experiences in the region. Yat Madit aimed to raise awareness about the plight of post war communities, influence public perceptions towards cultural diversity, and alleviate problems within communities. Sixty intercultural dialogues sessions which involved screening of the drama series were also held to diffuse social barriers and create fertile ground for collaborative problem solving using non-violent methods.

Yat Madit aired on national television, while translated episodes of the series were broadcast across four radio stations in Northern and North-Eastern Uganda. By the end of the dialogues, community members collectively identified their challenges and agreed on the best ways to address them. The project also increased awareness and knowledge on human rights, cultural rights, collaborative problem solving and cultural diversity. MFA aims to replicate this project in the Rwenzori region, another area of recent conflict with a history of cultural and ethnic disputes.

Projects and Programmes
Traditional knowledge to tackle contemporary issues

How can traditional know-how and knowledge contribute to tackle the issues of the modern world? RISE UBUNTU Network aims to connect with Indigenous groups from the North, South, East, West and the Diasporas. Their objective is about preserving and recovering endangered indigenous traditions and ecosystems, notably to bring solutions to contemporary challenges.

Projects and Programmes
Historical memory and dialogue for prevention & healing

Post-Conflict Research Center, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, creates programs to further the values of justice, peace, cross-cultural understanding, and reconciliation amongst today’s youth, who will shape the historical narratives of tomorrow. Working both locally and regionally, they carry out our youth-focused peace education initiatives with the goal of making sustainable peace a practical reality for young people and society as a whole. They are committed to engaging Balkan youth in programs that promote personal and intellectual growth through deepened understandings of division, conflict, conciliation and pluralism. Their educational programs build on the dissemination of historical memory and dialogue to prevent, mitigate, and transform conflict and post-conflict environments stemming from ethnic, religious and political identities.

Courses / trainings
Indigenous Studies Portal

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as articles, e-books, theses, government publications, videos, oral histories, and digitized archival documents and photographs. The iPortal content has a primary focus on Indigenous peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond. This initiative began in 2005 at the University of Saskatchewan as a resource for faculty, students, researchers, and members of the community and currently links to nearly 50,000 items.

Projects and Programmes
Creating spaces of dialogue for mutual understanding and trust

'Fostering a grassroots movement of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation among Israelis and Palestinians.'

By encouraging direct contact and deep communication between local communities, ROOTS has seen transformation: stereotypes are replaced by an understanding of the other’s humanity, suffering, needs and roots. This greatly reduces fear and creates appreciation and support for each other. This groundwork of trust, safety and understanding is the foundation of any political solution. The transformation undergone by those who have engaged with Roots has led them from apathy and frustration to responsibility and involvement.

ROOTS runs dialogue groups at least once a week between members of local communities. Aware of the fact that there is great disagreement over many issues - over the facts of the past and the reality of the present; ROOTS has found that effective dialogue is the secure place for argument, and leads to deeper understanding. It is in this space that solutions can be built and actions can be developed.

Publications
Reshaping Cultural Policies: 2018 Global Report

The Global Report series has been designed to monitor the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). It provides evidence of how this implementation process contributes to attaining the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and targets. The 2018 Global Report analyses progress achieved in implementing the 2005 Convention since the first Global Report was published in 2015.

he Global Report series produce new and valuable evidence to inform cultural policy making and advance creativity for development. 

Grounded in the analysis of the Quadrennial Periodic Reports submitted by Parties to the Convention and relevant new findings, this report examines how the 2005 Convention has inspired policy change at the global and country level in ten areas of monitoring. It puts forward a set of policy recommendations for the future, addressing the adaptation of cultural policies to rapid change in the digital environment, based on human rights and fundamental freedoms of expression.

Projects and Programmes
Intercultural dialogue to empower indigenous communities

Current changes in Bolivia carry along processes of decentralisation. As a result, the potential for conflict related to democratic governance and participation has risen at the regional as well as the local level. The policy of large-scale exploitation of natural resources fuels further disputes and has an impact on the environment and particularly on marginalised and disadvantaged population groups.

However, political participation processes are increasingly non-violent, and local legislation is drafted on a participatory basis. More and more, conflicts over environmental issues and resources are also resolved in a non-violent manner. Marginalised and disadvantaged population groups, particularly indigenous peoples, smallholders and women, are demonstrably exercising their rights. Their participation in political processes is strengthened, and this is facilitated by intercultural dialogue.