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Greece/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

Several cooperation projects have been initiated in the last decade within the INTERREG funding programme, involving local authorities, festivals or organisations and addressing issues of intercultural cooperation.

Greece participates in the UN World Tourism Organisation's Silk Road project, a collaborative initiative between 25 states aiming at highlighting the importance of tourism routes development, in facilitating connectivity and collaboration between the mosaic of destinations that make up the Silk Road. Greece also participates in the Silk Road Project initiated by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism which is still in its initiating phase, with a first working group meeting planned in 2012 with the participation of representatives from all participating countries (Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Greece, Moldavia and Turkey).

The Olive Tree Routes (an initiative of the Cultural Foundation of Messini Chamber) has been recognised since 2006 as one of the most important itineraries of culture and dialogue conveying a message of communication, cooperation and peaceful coexistence among the participant countries (Egypt, Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Italy, Spain, Jordan, Croatia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Portugal. Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey, Tunis).

Other Council of Europe's cultural routes in which Greece participates are:

  • European Itinerary of Jewish Heritage
  • European Cemeteries Route
  • Phoenix Route
  • Iter Vitis

The city of Patras was one of the associated cities of the Intercultural cities: governance and policies for diverse communities' project, a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission aiming at building a common intercultural city strategy across Europe.

Furthermore, several Greek music companies with a "neo-traditional" character (in particular, En Hordais, Liravlos, Kelsos etc) are often invited to perform abroad, especially in the Mediterranean, serving thus as vehicles for intercultural dialogue. On the other hand, the Thessaloniki Film Festival organises the Crossroads co-production Forum giving the opportunity to Mediterranean, Balkan and Central European producers with a feature film script to meet industry professionals for possible co-productions that contain a link with the above mentioned regions.

Finally, intercultural dialogue is one of the criteria taken into account under the call for funding in the framework of the Register of Cultural Organisations established in 2010 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

There are several cultural NGO initiatives that focus on regional intercultural cooperation, such as the Balkans Beyond Border short films festival which works towards creating mutual understanding in the region through film.

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section.

Chapter published: 14-08-2015

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