Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia

Call for Best Practices

Opening of the call

Deadline for submitting good practices

Dissemination through digital platform

Presentation in “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” events 

1st of June 2020 

The call remains open since the postponing of the final event to Spring 2021

November 2020 and on online 

Spring 2021, Greece & Norway

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About the call


Hate speech

Arts and Culture as tools 

General conceptual framework

We are looking for Best Practices promoting “Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia” meaning Art Intervention and Cultural Mediation vs Xenophobia and Hate speech which foster inclusion and a multicultural society with Arts and Culture as tools. All Best Practices will be presented in an “Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia” event in Athens and Norway as mentioned in the about page.
Please have a look at the definition of terms here: xenophobia, hate speech, art intervention and cultural mediation.

Xenophobia from the Greek xenos, meaning “stranger” or “foreigner”, and phobos, meaning “fear”, is the fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything perceived to be foreign or strange. 

Hate speech is public speech or expression that denigrates a person or persons on the basis of alleged membership in a social group identified by such attributes as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and physical or mental disability. Hate speech helps to spread, incite, promote or justify hatred, violence and discrimination against foreigners or strangers and foreign or strange ideas and practices. 

Art intervention refers to art which enters a situation outside the art world in an attempt to make all the participants aware of a condition that they previously had no knowledge of. The aim of art intervention is to empower the silent and underprivileged Other in its interface with the expressive dominant Self and raise awareness in dialogical and participatory synergizing. 
Cultural mediation is the process of bringing together different cultural and social realms. Its practices include participatory and community arts, interreligious dialogue, and diverse forms of cultural and social synergizing. It aims at helping to make every person, visitor and spectator an actually equal socio-cultural player.  

You are welcome to use any or all of the following criteria for a good practice: 

  • 1. Sustainability of a good practice based on long-term observation of xenophobia contexts and artistic mediation
  • 2. Context of study regarding the beneficiaries – who they are and how they are involved in the project i.e. migrants/refugees/other?
  • 3. Assessment of the Project by the beneficiaries and separate assessment by external social practice experts
  • 4. Cultural Identity issues (gender, age, religion etc.) – level of awareness
  • 5. Doing things together, remaining culturally distinct – conscious participation, distinctive awareness
  • 6. The role of the audience in the artistic mediation initiative – awareness, respect, equanimity.

What are we looking for ?



What will be the benefit of participating in this call for good practices ?

Civil society organizations and initiatives in Greece and Norway, who work with Art and Culture as tools in order to combat xenophobia, racism and hate speech, and foster inclusion and a multicultural society.
Beneficiaries of your good practice: children, young people, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTs (lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual), people of Roma origin, refugees and migrants.   

Art and Culture projects:
We are looking for projects which involve visual arts (including graphic arts, cartoons and murals) and performing arts (music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry etc.), crafts, textiles, installations, new media (video, internet art) heritage aiming to combat xenophobia and foster the inclusion of denigrated groups. 

We are looking for innovation, inspiration, impact and inclusion: the final destination of a Best Practice is the social inclusion of people at risk of social exclusion. We are looking for practices that bring societal change by combating xenophobia, racism, hate speech, foster inclusion and a multicultural society. 

  • You become a member of an international event and the digital “Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia” platform (currently in Greece and Norway)
  • You promote your organisation, both nationally and internationally, by sharing your tools, methods and results, and receive inspiration, new ideas, new resources that you may apply in your local work as well as with colleagues in Greece and Norway.
  • The Best Practice that you have developed will be presented in the event of "Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia" on November 4-6, in Athens, Greece and on November 20, 2020 in Ås, Norway to a network of people that work on similar issues, stakeholders, media, funders, entrepreneurs, public authorities, public policy makers, minority communities and more.
  • Your Best Practice will be shared in the respective webpage of the program together with all the good practices and your details. 

The Art and Culture Vs Xenophobia project is being implemented under the Active Citizens fund program, by Artifactory and its partners, the Ås Art & Music School (Kulturskolen i Ås -Municipality of Ås in Norway) and the Baumstrasse - O dromos me dentra. 

The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 - 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow. 

For more information: 

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