In the last 20 years the ethnical map of Romania had significant changes which include the appearance of new minority groups. Bucharest, a city with too little data to be considered cosmopolitan, houses communities of different foreigners, from British and Italian to Chinese, Lebanese, Turkish and Indian. The groups of immigrants build and negotiate in different ways their social spaces in the urban weave of Bucharest and their presence is currently weakly documented from administrative point of view, occasionally through TV reports, but not from a socio-cultural point of view.
In this context, the purpose of the project “The new minorities in Bucharest county” is to support the intercultural dialogue between inhabitants of Bucharest and groups of ethnical minorities established in the city in the last two decades.
Since the first step in supporting diversity to know it, a mapping of immigrants’ communities recently formed in Bucharest, as well as a visual documentation of their relation with the city as place of their daily life will be carried out within the project. The information gathered by the research team will be re-collected on a web platform which will have a double purpose: to present and aggregate information about the new minorities living in Bucharest and to create a space for debate on ways in which cultural diversity manifests and enriches the community in its whole. Education through art and culture will be used to stimulate the intercultural dialogue between high school students from groups of immigrants and those from the majority population. Within eight creative workshops multicultural teams will work together to create cultural products (theatre plays, short films, photographs) with and about their communities.
The promotion of new minorities and their impact on Bucharest city will take form of:
– a documentary film which will present the integration stories of new minorities and/or their impact on the Romanian society.
– a national forum concerning cultural diversity.
On long-term, the project “The new minorities in Bucharest county” aims to help public and local authorities, cultural institutions and wide audience from Bucharest to create a climate that favours tolerance, acceptance and facilitates the integration of the new minorities in the Romanian society, in order to align with the existing European and international standards, as UE slogan suggests “Unity in diversity”.
Implemented between April 2015 and April 2016, the project “The new minorities in Bucharest county” is carried out by the Association Movement for European Action and Initiative in partnership with Telemark Research Institute from Norway.
The project is supported by a grant from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government.