Interkultur und Diversität
(Interculture and Diversity)
The new funding programme "Interkultur und Diversität" (Interculture and Diversity) focuses on the cultural diversity of society, including people with an immigration history and with regard to gender and inclusion issues.
Funding is provided for projects and discourses as well as project developments and in particular concepts which – as far as possible in a participatory manner – are artistically active in this thematic field. Music projects, on the other hand, will not be considered, as they can be funded within the framework of "Musikkulturen" (Music cultures).
With this funding approach, various activities of the past years will be continued and continuously developed with the involvement of various partners.
"Interkultur und Diversität" emerged from the "Refugee Citizen" programme, with which the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been working intensively on cultural change in urban societies since the end of 2015. Four conferences, organised with different partners, highlighted the topic with different focal points.
Since the beginning of 2016, "Refugee Citizen" was also a support programme. It was used, for example, to develop model approaches for working with refugees in music schools or corresponding qualification measures for art historians and art educators in a museum context, but also to develop training concepts for intercultural guides in integrative project work or further training for fled musicians. As part of the concept funding, a conference on the House of European Roma in Dortmund was supported.
As early as 2017, the NRWKS, together with other sponsors, networkers and multipliers - including the NRW State Offices for Dance, Independent Performing Arts and Visual Arts, the NRW State Music Council and the NRW Ministry of Culture - has set up a "Refugee Citizen" Round Table. Since the summer of 2018, it has been dedicated to the fields of interculture and diversity and is to continue its work in 2020, again with the involvement of the relevant actors and institutions.
In addition, diversity, along with digital culture, was one of the two thematic priorities in the last "Transfer International" programmes (Netherlands and Belgium 2016/17, Greece 2018/19).