Cities by heart
Creating circuits to promote past and contemporary Europe under the lens of cultural diversity
Coordination: Sud Concept (France)
Duration: September 2019 – August 2021
In Europe, successive waves of immigration have shaped cities and their suburbs. The cultural mixes built by the international immigration represent an underestimated treasure unknown by European citizens. In terms of tourism and social issues, this European cultural heritage is an opportunity to seize. Therefore, while it tends to be condemned, especially by arguments from extremist political currents, it should be fully valued.
The project embraces a goal of social inclusion through the very concept of its training offer. It includes a first phase of training “peers”: socio-educational facilitators, actors of multicultural and disadvantaged territories, heads of social centres or associations. Then, in a second phase, it includes a transfer of skills to young underprivileged European citizens who also have a personal background in relation to immigration and encounter problems of integration into the labour market.
These tours are addressed to two types of targets: its primary audience: the inhabitants of these
disadvantaged territories, to bring them to an understanding of all migratory strata and this perpetual human movement by breaking down the arguments of “good” or “bad” immigration but also to international tourists, in search of new forms of circuits, closer to the population, in order to promote past and contemporary Europe under the lens of cultural diversity resulting from immigration.
The project, regarding the design of its circuits, includes economic actors from urban areas with a strong cultural mix: restaurants, shopkeepers, “host” inhabitants, etc. we visit during the tours. The objective is twofold: to create a link between the residents of these urban areas to avoid communal conflicts and to trigger an economic dynamic to respond to the precariousness of the inhabitants of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.