The Culture Platform for Intercultural Europe, a civil society initiative inspired by theEuropean Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, connects grass-roots practitioners, associations, public bodies and European institutions, forming strong links between practitioners and policy-makers. In the framework of working towards strengthening the Intercultural Dialogue in Europe, the platform brings together members from various sectors such as arts and culture, education, minority rights and the fight against racism, as well as media literacy.
The Rainbow Paper (Intercultural Dialogue: From Practice to Policy and Back) is the outcome of a participative process in which multiple organisations came together with the intent of capturing the individual voices of European civil-society and to combine them into a common voice in the field of intercultural dialogue. The document explains the Platform members’ approach to Intercultural Dialogue and contains recommendations for European civil-society organisations and public authorities at all levels. The Rainbow Paper can be signed by organisations and individuals wishing to acknowledge this voice as their own and make it heard politically.
Promotion of intercultural dialogue and learning is the main sphere of ICIRLD activities. We strongly believe that people from different cultural backgrounds have a lot to give to each other, and without proper skills of intercultural communication and intercultural dialogue competences it is very hard to start and sustain efficient intercultural cooperation.
Since its establishment ICIRLD develops and runs several types of intercultural learning projects, develops tools and methodologies for it, as well as realizes researches and produces educational manuals about different aspects of intercultural communication, learning and international cooperation.