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How Soon is Now? The Politics of Interculture

12. - 13. november 2008
Södra teatern, Stockholm

Deltageravgift: SEK 750,-
Påmelding til ku.konferensregistrering@culture.ministry.se

Seminaret foregår på engelsk.

Informasjon: Chrissie Faniadis chrissie.faniadis@intercult.se


Välkommen till två intensiva och tankeväckande dagar. Det blir ett möte där nationella, nordiska, och europeiska erfarenheter utforskas. Kulturorganisationer, nätverk och enskilda individer kommer att möta politiker och tjänstemän och samtidigt ge NFI-deltagare en chans att samtala med kollegor från andra delar av Europa.

Detta är den tredje NFI-konferensen under 2008. Efter en bred kartläggning i Köpenhamn, och ett mer djupgående möte i Drammen, är det nu dags att redogöra för och presentera några av NFIs rekommendationer för en fortsatt utveckling av interkultur i Norden.

Programmet innehåller paneldebatter, diskussioner och break-out sessions, för att deltagarna skall få god förståelse för NFIs roll ur ett internationellt perspektiv. Konferensens agenda kommer även att röra vid ämnen som demokrati, utbildning och medias ansvar.

Deltagarna kommer att bjudas på teaterföreställningen ”Mot Väggen” och videoinstallationen ”Restore Hope: Se mej!”, som båda är med i Home Not Home, Sveriges bidrag till Europeiska Året för Interkulturell Dialog 2008.

Re:Orient bjuder på klubbkväll för de danssugna.

Se hela det bifogade programmet.

Konferensen är gratis. En avgift på 750 kronor kommer att tas ut till luncher, en middag, fika, samt ”Mot Väggen”.

Anmälan till konferensen görs genom att skicka email till: ku.konferensregistrering@culture.ministry.se.

För mer information, kontakta Chrissie Faniadis, chrissie.faniadis@intercult.se.

Hoppas vi ses på Södra teatern!

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12-13 of November at Södra teatern, Stockholm

Welcome to How Soon is Now? a conference which focuses on intercultural dialogue in a national, Nordic and European context. It aims to sum up conclusions and recommendations on all these levels both from the civil society and from the policymakers.

The conference is originally an initiative from the Swedish Ministry of Culture in connection with the Swedish chairmanship in the Nordic Council of Ministers, The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue and the civil society represented by The Rainbow platform (European level) and The Nordic forum for interculture (Nordic level). Representatives from all these organisations and networks will be present at the conference.

However this is not an exclusively cultural affair. The conference will also address issues like democracy, human rights, multilingualism, media and education. This is an opportunity to meet, listen and talk to practitioners, policymakers, artists and look forward.

How Soon is Now? also includes the critically acclaimed theatre performance Head On based on the award winning film by Fatih Akin, a guided tour of Restore Hope by Selda Asal, meals and a nightclub arranged by Re:Orient.

To register for the conference please send an email to ku.konferensregistrering@culture.ministry.se

For more information contact Tomas Bokstad or Stina Emanuelsson at tomas.bokstad@primeminister.ministry.se, stina.emanuelsson@culture.ministry.se

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Wednesday 12 November

9.00 – 9.30
Registration and Coffee

9.30 – 10.00
Welcome – Lena Adelsohn-Liljeroth (Minister of culture, Sweden)

10.00 – 11.00
Recommendations from the Nordic working group on cultural complexity and co-existence. The presentation will take it’s start in the current situation and try to identify what the common Nordic ground could be. Concrete recommendations and proposals. Trevor Davies (Copenhagens International Theatre/Århus 2017), Shanti Brahmachari (Norwegian Centre of Actors), Pasi Sukkonen (Cupore), Tomas Bokstad (Communications Secretariat for Sweden’s
EU Presidency 2009).

11.00 – 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30
Nordic Forum for Interculture. Findings and recommendations from the Nordic civil society following the experiences from the two previous conferences in Copenhagen (March 2008) and Oslo (August 2008). Including short presentations of best practises. Eli Borchgrevink (Du store verden!), Niels Righolt (Co-ordinator NFI, previously head of Dunkers culture house).

12.30 – 14.00
Lunch, guided tour of Restore Hope by Selda Asal (Turkish, visual artist, part of Home not home).

14.00 - 15.00
Where do we go from here? Panel
Representatives from the Nordic countries will shortly present their work/thoughts on where and how we are heading into the future. Following the presentations an exchange of views, including the audience.
Moderator and participants (partly to be confirmed): Yvonne Rock (former co-ordinator of the Swedish year of cultural diversity), Mogens Jensen (Chairman of the Culture Committee at The Nordic Council/DK), Rasoul Nejad-Mehr (The Committee of Inquiry on Cultural Policy), Bente Guru Möller (Year of cultural diversity Dialogue/NO), Veikko Kunnas (Ministry of Education/FI), Jette Sandahl (Museum director/DK).

15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00
Debate: Is policy in sync with practise?
Conclusions on the national and Nordic level.
Moderated by Catharina Bergil (SE) and Chris Torch (SE)

17.00 – 19.00

19.00 – 20.30
Head On. Theatre performance by Dritero Kasapi based on the award winning film by Fatih Akin. Part of the Swedish national project during The
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. See www.homenothome.se

20.30 – 00.00
Buffet dinner and nightclub by Re:Orient

Thursday 13 November

9.00 - 9.30

9.30 – 10.00
Reflections on EYID 2008:
What have we learned, how do we move forward? Representative from the European Commission. Speakers: Vladimir Sucha/Alison Crabbe (tbc).

10.00 – 10.30
A wider perspective from the Council of Europe.
A whitebook on intercultural dialogue was published during the summer by the CoE. Presentation could focus on human rights, democracy and/or multilingualism. Robert Palmer or Gabriella Dragoni-Battaini (CoE, tbc)

10.30 – 11.00

11.00 – 12.30
Platform for Intercultural Europe which has followed EYID and will give their recommendations encompassed in The Rainbow Paper, which was recently published online for sign up by European organisations focusing on interculture. rainbowpaper.labforculture.org Presentation by Isabelle Schwarz (European Cultural Foundation) and Chris Torch (Intercult), followed by discussion and some case studies.

12.30 – 13.30

13.30 – 15.00
Four breakout sessions.
  1. Urban re-invention/neighbourhoods
  2. Mainstream/institutions
  3. Arts/artistic sector
  4. Education/media

Moderators and speakers: Rasoul Nejad-Mehr, Alejandra Fuentes (Sprong), Birgitta Englin (Head of Riksteatern), Shanti Brahamachari, Leif Magnusson (The Multicultural Centre), Ida Burén (Intercult), Niels Righolt, Eli Borchgrevink, Katherine Watson (Lab for Culture).

The basis for each of the sessions will be a series of questions/topics taken from all recommendations presented during the two days. The idea is to translate policy recommendations into practise. To be as concrete as possible is one of the instructions for the moderators.

15.00 – 15.30

15.30 – 17.00
Final debate. Conclusions, reflections, future…

With participation from speakers and moderators that have been present during the two days. Personal reflection from Oivvio Polite who will follow the conference during the two days.

During the two days:

Lab for Culture will have a space/room for their project Open lines to
Intercultural Dialogue.

Selda Asal will present her video installation Restore Hope which also
is a part of Home not Home.

During the conference coffee, lunches and one dinner will be served to all participants. The cost for this is 750 SEK, otherwise the conference is free of charge including the theatre performance.

The conference is a part of the Swedish chairmanship in the Nordic Council of Ministers and is arranged in close collaboration between the Swedish ministry of Culture, Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic forum for interculture, The Rainbow Platform, Lab for Culture, Södra teatern, Riksteatern, The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, Re:Orient and many more…

Nordisk Forum for Interkultur


”… due to increased contacts between cultures, religions, ethnic groups and languages. Against this backdrop and in the context of an increasingly multicultural European Union, the development of intercultural competences and the promotion of intercultural dialogue is fundamental. […] Intercultural dialogue contributes to a number of strate­gic priorities of the European Un­ion. Such as respecting and promoting cultural diver­sity […] it appears necessary today to respond to the need for a deeper and more structured dialogue of cultures, which would involve not only public authorities but also civil society as a whole. This is the reason why intercultural dialogue needs to become a lasting and visible priority...”

(EUs Year of Intercultural Dialogue)

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