The video of ‘Multaka intercultural tours in Athens’ project is out!
The “Multaka: Intercultural tours in Athens” is an integration project, harmonized with the country’s national strategy for the social integration of immigrants, refugees and people with an migrant background. Its main goal is to facilitate social integration through intercultural dialogue.
Τhe “intercultural tours” focused on specific museums and archaeological sites of the Ministry of Culture and Sports: Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Epigraphic Museum, Museum of Modern Greek Culture. Migrants, refugees and people with a migrant background, after receiving special training, implemented the “intercultural tours”, through an experiential and intercultural approach. Archaeological treasures, historical monuments and museum collections of Greece were a trigger for cross-cultural dialogue with the participating public, immigrants, refugees, but also Greek citizens.
The dialogue aimed, and we believe it succeeded, to recall the experiences and perspectives of people with different cultural backgrounds. The cross-cultural tours were therefore the occasion and the context to discuss concepts with a timeless appeal to all people, such as writing and communication, democracy and ways of participating in society, celebrations, pre-industrial manual occupations, trade and the economy, physical hygiene practices, the concept of death and burial customs.
The project “Multaka: Intercultural Tours in Athens” was implemented with the close cooperation of three partners: the Ministry of Immigration & Asylum, the Ministry of Culture & Sports and the City of Athens.
The two Ministries signed in September 2020 a Memorandum of Cooperation for the design and implementation of the project and set up a working group consisting of officials from the Interculturality Department of the Social Integration Directorate of the Ministry of Immigration & Asylum and officials from the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports (Directorate of Archaeological Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programs – Department of Educational Programs and Communication, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage – Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intercultural Issues, Ephorate of Antiquities of the City of Athens, Epigraphic Museum, Museum of Modern Greek Culture).
In January 2021 the project was included in the national program 2014-2020 of the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund as a co-financed project (75% EU resources, 25% national resources), with the Directorate of Social Integration as beneficiary, which in February 2022 concluded a program contract with the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency of the City of Athens for its implementation. The project was a pilot, of short duration, but with a particularly positive impact.
In its context, approximately 100 tours were implemented in which more than 700 people participated. The aim of the implementing parties is its continuation in time and possibly also its geographical expansion to other cities, museums and archaeological sites of our country.
In the links below, watch MULTAKA’s video in 5 Languages:
- MULTAKA Intercultural Tours – Greek
- MULTAKA Intercultural Tours – English
- MULTAKA Intercultural Tours – France
- MULTAKA Intercultural Tours – Farsi
- MULTAKA Intercultural Tours – Arabic
HERE you can find the project’s booklet.
For more information about the program: https://migration.gov.gr/migration-policy/integration/draseis-koinonikis-entaxis-se-ethniko-epipedo/diapolitismikes-draseis/