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Poland/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

Intercultural dialogue is becoming more and more identified as one of the priorities of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Up to now, a lot of work undertaken on issues of dialogue with recognised national and ethnic minority groups has been done through local organisations and institutions.

The majority of activities in the field of intercultural dialogue were connected to the celebrations of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) in 2008. The National Centre for Culture, which elaborated a document entitled The Strategy of Poland for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, was the coordinator of the celebrations. Within the framework of the official celebrations of the EYID, 13 projects and 78 events were realised.

The National Centre for Culture also runs an official website of the celebrations of the EYID in Poland (

The celebrations were summarised during a two day conference held in February 2009 in Warsaw. EYID is the only clear initiative at the national level and it is unclear whether it will be continued.

Additional Resources:

Government's overall approach to intercultural dialogue

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources

Chapter published: 20-08-2015

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