8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture
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There are no initiatives or measures aimed at forstering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities in the German-speaking Community as of 2022.
Bérénice: culture unites cultures
Bérénice was an Interreg project funded by the European Union and the German-speaking Community, the aim of which was to oppose discrimination of any sort and promote social inclusion.
Bérénice brought together project partners from the social and cultural area who were convinced that culture and particularly performing arts play a decisive role in social inclusion and the integration of refugees. The bundling within the Bérénice network enabled common approaches to be created at the Greater Region (Großregion) level.
This was done first of all based on an exchange of experiences and knowledge in colloquia and meetings in the Greater Region. Then the actors receptive to the project were identified (for the German-speaking Community for example the Red Cross, the Youth Office (Jugendbüro) etc.). The project partner on site (coming from the German-speaking Community, that was Chudoscnik Sunergia) gave regular updates to them on the cultural events, set up a project group and thus activated further establishments. The cultural events with the Bérénice label were extended by a corresponding framework programme (e.g. exchange, workshop etc.).
The aims of Bérénice were thus not restricted to the project partners: the point was to extend the network of performance venues and social facilities of the Greater Region by as many as possible.
The project ended in September 2021.