The Role of Culture Faced with the Rise of Nationalism in Europe. Citizens' Resistance! - 21 - 23 November 2012, Turin (Italy)
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PREAMBLE - Jean Hurstel, President and Founder
"Europe is confronted with a major challenge: the growing rise of nationalism and xenophobia in most countries of the continent.
Permanent appeals to the Market, the confidence of the Market, the approbation of the Market and rating agencies, and the power of the economy, are not sufficient to ensure social cohesion, the coexistence of communities, the cohabitation of languages, religions or identities, in their plural and singular diversity.
As such, the situation of Roma is particularly worrying. Manifestations of rejection, exclusion, segregation are growing in numbers in several European countries and Roma cannot make their voices heard, or decide their own fate. Attacks against migrants, graffiti and assaults upon religious places show the development of a major crisis affecting European values.
The challenge with which Europe is confronted is not only that of the Euro, but a rather broader challenge: the sharing of cultures.
Opening up to the other person, the comparing of views, values and beliefs, organized in the framework of an artistic project, are essential means to reply to this challenge.
For the last 22 years, Banlieues d’Europe has been bringing together projects that attempt and succeed in going beyond the defence of identity, regionalist or nationalist barriers, and assignation to ethnic origin.
Turin, November 2012, will witness the opening of the Forum of all cultural, social and militant actors, researchers and local councillors who intend, through their actions, to give a more brotherly, friendly and human face to this continent".
At its 19th meeting, the Banlieues d’Europe network is taking up this challenge and focusing on different forms of Cultural projects in Europe fighting against the rise of nationalism and against xenophobia.
By an exploration of these cultural projects and the contribution of researchers, field actors, and artists of we will highlight the problems linked with the transmission of history and memory, question new forms of resistance and activism and look at innovative intercultural practices.
This meeting and opportunity for exchange will be centred on :
* An Artistic and Cultural Projects village linked to the theme of the meeting
* Plenary Sessions
* Three Simultaneous Workshops :
- Transmission of history
- New resistance and militancy
- Cultural Diversity in actions
* visits to neighbourhood projects in Turin
Further information through Myriam Bentoumi, manager project : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. : +33 (0)4 72 60 97 80