There are no specific state programmes to support trans-national intercultural dialogue. Some of the activities in this field are covered by the Euroregions. In Poland, there are 18 Euroregions. These are:
- Nysa (1991, Czech Republic, Germany and Poland);
- Sprewa-Nysa-Bóbr (1993, Poland and Germany);
- Pro Europa Viadrina (1993, Poland and Germany);
- Pomerania (1995, Poland, Germany, Sweden);
- Niemen (1997 , Poland, Lithuania, Belarus);
- Glacensis (1996, Czech Republic, Poland);
- Karpacki (1993, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania);
- Tatry (1994, Poland, Slovakia);
- Bug (1995, Poland, Ukraine);
- Pradziad (1997, Poland, Czech Republic);
- Bałtyk (1998, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden);
- Śląsk cieszyński (1998, Poland and Czech Republic);
- Silesia (1998, Poland and Czech Republic);
- Beskidy (2000, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic);
- Dobrawa (2001, Poland and Czech Republic);
- Puszcza Białowieska (2002, Poland and Belarus);
- Szeszupa (2003, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and Sweden); and
- Łyna-Ława (2003, Poland and Russia).
The activities in the scope of trans-national intercultural dialogue on the local level are partially covered by the Town-twinning programmes and municipality networks such as Eurocities or BaltMet.
Polish NGOs are very active in cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation. One great example is the Other Space Foundation, based in Warsaw, which has the objective of providing a new space for social and artistic expression. The Foundation implements and runs innovative cultural and artistic projects as well as social projects, in the attempt to make real change in Poland and various corners of the world. The Foundation is permanently involved in the implementation of such programmes as the portal “Continent Warsaw” – Warsaw of Many Cultures, The Tibetan Programme (http://ratujtybet.org), and Transkaukazja Festivals (http://transkaukazja.pl). The Foundation conducts a number of actions on behalf of various ethnic minority groups living in Warsaw and realises some unconventional projects inspired by the history of Warsaw (see also the Foundation’s web page: http://www.przestrzen.art.pl).
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 (http://www.dialog2008.pl).
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.
Government’s overall approach to intercultural dialogue