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Wrocław 2019. Multiculturalism – interculturalism as a challenge for Wrocław’s residents

In February 2009, in Wrocław was signed the “Kaleidoscope of Cultures” agreement. At that time, representatives of national and ethnic minorities declared cooperation in the field of multiculturalism, tolerance and anti-discrimination. The initiators of the agreement were guided by the idea that multiculturalism should no longer be seen as “multi” but as “intercultural” – in the sense of penetration, coexistence, meeting, dialogue and cooperation as a necessary condition for integration and the creation of an intercultural community.

Today, 10 years after signing the agreement, did this idea come true? When speaking of others, do we think of “us” or do we divide it into “us” and “them”? How is the idea of interculturalism found in the current migration situation, when new foreigners from India, Georgia or Ukraine appeared in Wroclaw? What exactly does identity mean to us today? What can we learn from our foreign neighbors? What are some good examples from other countries in the field of intercultural cooperation?

We would like to invite you to the debate ‘Wrocław 2019. Multiculturalism – interculturalism as a challenge for Wrocław residents’, which will take place on 25th November (Monday) at 17.00 at the Dom Europy, situated on Widok 10 str. in Wroclaw.


17.00 – 17.05 Welcoming guests
17.05 – 17.50 Discussion panel “Identity-otherness-mutual respect”
17.50 – 18.00 Break
18.00 – 18.45 Discussion panel “Challenges for the future”
18.45 – 19.00 Discussion
19.00 – 19.30 Refreshments
19.30 Closing

Panel descriptions

1. Identity-otherness-mutual respect 

How do Wrocławians, who are representatives of national and ethnic minorities and current migrant communities, perceive themselves today? What is cultural identity for them? Is it needed? Is it conducive to isolation or interaction? Is it a permanent feature or susceptible to change? What social role does identity and otherness play in urban life? How do they relate to the issue of tolerance? Searching for answers to these questions will provide a framework for reflection on today’s presence of the multicultural community in Wroclaw.

Mariola Abkowicz – Association of Polish Karaims, member of the joint commission of the government and national and ethnic minorities, founder of the Kaleidoscope of Culture

Igor Salamon – Association of Ukrainians in Poland, founder of the Kaleidoscope of Culture Małgorzata Chilkiewicz – Kaleidoscope of Cultures, employee of the German Cultural and Social Association
Dorota Kozak-Rybska – Wrocław Center for Social Development.

2. Challenges for the future 
The presence of a multicultural community is marked in various dimensions of the city and is associated with various issues: legal, cultural, educational, political as well as everyday matters that result from direct relations with other city residents. What are the main challenges for the multicultural community in Wrocław in the near future? What actions require special attention? And what seems to be overestimated?

When discussing these issues, we will give good examples from other countries in the field of cooperation with minorities, trying to show its benefits.

Olga Chrebor – Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Wrocław for Citizens of Ukrainian Descent, Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Karoline Gil – head of the “Integration and media” department at the German organization ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Kartikey Johri Minu – Honorary Consul of India
Artem Zozulia – Ukraine Foundation, CUKR – Center for Ukrainian Culture and Development

The organizers

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Institute for International Relations) – an intermediary organization of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supporting the cultural activity of the German minority in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and intercultural dialogue German Cultural and Social Society in Wrocław (NTKS) – representation of the German minority in Wrocław Wroclaw Center for Social Development / Wielokultury Wroclaw
Kaleidoscope of Cultures Foundation
Representation of the European Commission in Wrocław

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