Panorama is a resource offered by the Platform for Intercultural Europe (initiated in 2006 (as the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue) by Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), with the support of the Network of European Foundations (NEF) and on the occasion of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. The Platform has a strongly participative character and will remain open to any interested body or individual with a stake in the issue. Look at the list of the current members of the Platform here: a great example of diversity of organisations across Europe.

Why a resource collection for intercultural dialogue?
During the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, art managers and artists across Europe created, engaged, exchanged, learned, co-operated. They built up new bridges and strived for creating understanding between our never ending differences in cultural background, beliefs, religion, ethnicity, gender, education, age, marital status, incomes, languages, custom, traditions, artistic expressions, ways of thinking and acting…. What legacy do we leave for the future as a result of our “Intercultural Dialogue”? How much did we achieve? There was a long process of evaluation of what happened during that year; what were the long-term sustainable outcomes of all artistic and cultural projects, papers, documents, diverse events realized throughout the year.

It took us – the team of researchers, experts and artists who worked on conceptualizing and elaborating the Panorama online resource collection – a period of half a year (in 2008-2009) to collect, analyze and structure the information and resources posted now on the website.

The types of resources gathered on the Panorama’s website are grouped in several categories:

  • documents and publications of the European Commission, Council of Europe, UNESCO;
  • documents, publications, projects of European cultural networks and associations;
  • publications (books, articles and viewpoints, research work and reports) of key authors, experts, researchers;
  •  virtual libraries and online resource centers;
  •  projects and practices, incl. websites presenting collection of practices;
  •  organisations;
  •  events of European networks, associations, government bodies.

It is important to remind that the Rainbow Paper “Intercultural Dialogue: From Practice to Policy and Back” (a policy paper dealing with the needs arising from cultural diversity and hence not covered by “white” or “green” papers) sets out the Platform’s approach to Intercultural Dialogue and delivers its recommendations both to its own constituency and to public authorities at all levels in Europe, using the European Union as the point of access. This paper is the result of a participative process in which many organisations came together to shape the voice of European civil society in the field of Intercultural Dialogue.

Panorama’s website has a search option, filtering option as well as tagging with keywords to facilitate finding the required resource. Discover also the gallery of photographs by  Valery Klamm and cartoons by Oleg Dergachov  on the Panorama’s website.

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