In the age of globalization there is an urgent need to talk about and engage in an intercultural dialogue in the arts as an esthetical, strategical, methodological and content-oriented paradigm in order to create sustainable futures. Therefore the theme of the first Arts & Globalization Conference was ”Achieving Intercultural Dialogue Through the Arts”.
We define the term “Intercultural dialogue” as a process that comprises an open and respectful exchange between individuals, groups and organizations with different cultural backgrounds or worldviews.
Among our aims are: to develop a deeper understanding of different perspectives and practices; to increase participation (or the freedom to make choices); to ensure and enhance co-creation on the basis of equality between different cultures; to enhance creative processes and collaborations between groups or individuals with different cultures and perspectives.
We understand intercultural dialogue as a means to expand our sense of reality through an inclusive exchange between cultures. Intercultural dialogue aims to foster equality, to enhance creativity, to deepen our understanding of human cultures, and to enlarge our perspective on the human experience. Intercultural dialogue takes place in an inclusive environment through exchanges based on equality, dignity, and mutual respect.