Intercultural Cities
Intercultural Cities
Intercultural Cities

Intercultural Cities - Joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

As communities across Europe grow increasingly diverse, their governance models, their public and media discourse, the management of their institutions and their policies determine whether this diversity becomes an asset or a threat. Successful cities and societies of the future will be intercultural: they will be capable to manage and explore the potential of their cultural diversity to stimulate creativity and innovation and thus generate economic prosperity and a better quality of life.
The Intercultural Cities programme will study successful experiences in a range of cities in Europe (and possibly beyond) and harness this experience to inform and shape structures, policies and practice in other cities through mentoring and good practice exchange.
“Intercultural Cities” is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, aiming to reinforce and support the actions of local communities in order to make the most of their cultural diversity.
The programme is an important part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 project. The aims of the „Intercultural Cities” programme include:
-promotion of cultural diversity
- reinforcement of actions which help make the most of cultural diversity
-supporting the cities in the development of intercultural strategies and actions which will help to manage the diversity in a constructive and innovative way
- helping to shape the general public policy in the field of cultural diversity.

Lublin is the only Polish city chosen to take part in the pilot phase of the “Intercultural Cities” project. It was the result of the visit of the representatives of the Directorate of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of Europe which took place at the end of January 2008.
During their stay, the representatives had an opportunity to appreciate the quality of Lublin’s intercultural events and the involvement of the city and its citizens in intercultural dialogue, as well as an appropriate understanding of the idea of such dialogue.

Cities participating in the programme:

Berlin Neukölln (Germany)
Greenwich (UK)
Izhevsk (Russian Federation)
Lublin (Poland)
Lyon (France)
Melitopol (Ukraine)
Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
Oslo (Norway)
Patras (Greece)
Reggio Emilia (Italy)
Subotica (Serbia)
Tilburg (the Netherlands)

See more: Council of Europe website

In 2008 the project “Living together in Europe tour” was carried out within the frames of the Intercultural Cities programme. 23 cities comprised in the Eurocities network took part in the project. The goal of the project was to present the best cultural undertakings that rose the issue of multiculturalism. Within the project, in June 2008, the representatives of Finnish city, Espoo, visited Lublin, whereas in August 2008, the representatives of Lublin visited Bristol.After completing the project, there was a conference held in amsterdam on 5-7 march.The information on the project and the visits was summarised in a publication "A journey through 23 European cities"


In 2008 as a result of Lublin's participation in the Intercultural Cities program, the idea of a new festival was conceived
The festival aims at presenting the culture, art, and heritage of national, ethnic and religious minorities of those which have been present in Lublin for ages and those of emigrant communities, refugees or students that have settled here in the last several dozens of years.
more on project

From March to May 2009 the Culture Department and Homo Faber Association carried out a pilot research project concerning the situation of foreign students living in Lublin. We wanted to ask them how they perceive living and studying in Lublin. We wanted to ask about their problems and needs, especially concerning culture, about waht they like in the city and what changes should be made. One of the important aims of the project was to find out about the level of engagement of foreign students in the city's cultural life and whether they would like to participate in or organize such cultural events. The project resulted in lauching Welcome to Lublin project.

see Lublin is Friendly - report

In 2009 Homo Faber Association launched "welcome to lublin" project - actvities aiming at integration of the foreigners - especially foreign students.
More about the project at Homo Faber website
Welcome to Lublin website:

Legal assistance service
Project "Integration of Foreigners in Lublin Region"
Project ‘Regional Network of Immigrants’ Support in Lublin’
Project website:

“Education for Integration — Partnership for Refugees”
Refugee Aid
"Bo byłem przybyszem..." (As I was a stranger...)

Caritas Centers of Support for Migrants and Refugees

Grodzka Gate NN Theatre

Office for Foreigners