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Intercultural Dialogue

This section provides bridges between continents, invites to learn more about other cultures and fosters a spirit of openness via a number of testimonials and reports.

Lili Chopra

January 16, 2017 the Executive Vice President and Artistic Director ofFIAF (French Institute Alliance Française)

« What is particularly important is to bring about what France is made up of in all its diversity in New York, one of the most diverse cities in the world »


Ibrahim Maalouf

June 1, 2016 Musician composer

 “I don’t have the impression that I’ve made a conscious effort to blend Arab and western cultures,  these two cultures express themselves quite naturally “


Yves Ubelmann

January 19, 2016 Drones and civilizations

''Our work is truly part of a cultural dialogue among scientific specialists and, more generally, between civilizations that are simply curious to see our heritage''


Zahia Ziouani

October 29, 2015 Conductor

“I don’t think classical music belongs to just one category of people, either. It’s part of a musical heritage that we should all be able to share in”


Amina Taha - Hussein Okada

October 7, 2015 General Curator, Guimet Museum of Asian Art

About her grandfather Taha Hussein “ We need to go back to what he said and wrote to soothe, if only somewhat, the tensions and antagonisms that are currently being exacerbated on both sides of the Mediterranean "


Ballaké Sissoko

September 2, 2015 Kora master

Malian artist Ballaké Sissoko has been playing the kora for nearly thirty years and his outstanding career path is made of musical collaborations inspired by intercultural dialogue - such as the one with French cellist Vincent Segal.


Battista Acquaviva

June 16, 2015 Singer and performer

« I have always seen music as an opening »


Pumeza Matshikiza

May 12, 2015 South African Soprano

« All of us should bring positivity to the world and find way of bridging cultures »


Riff Cohen

February 24, 2014 Singer-songwriter

"I have chosen to create a new culture that combines my various origins"


Bernard Foccroulle

June 14, 2013 Director of the Festival international d’art lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence

 “The role of the Festival d’Aix is to be an interface between the local and international dimensions and between Provence, Europe and the Mediterranean”


Sameer Jaywant

May 21, 2013 Student at New York University

A student in International Relations and Economics at New York University, Sameer Jaywant is from Indian origin.


Rihab Elhaj and Nabeel Ali

February 21, 2013 Members of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' MENA Fellowship Programme

"Immerging yourself in one's culture develops an intuitive well-rounded understanding of the other"


Jean-Christophe Bas

December 19, 2012 Senior Advisor, Strategic Development and Partnerships, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

"We must work together to ensure that cultural diversity is included in the development agenda for post-2015."


Tom Bishop

August 23, 2012 Writer and academic

"The knowledge of other cultures enriches us and is part of our heritage as human beings”  


Pascal Ory

July 23, 2012 Historian

"Mixed cultures are the rule, not the exception."


Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

May 21, 2012 Kora & cello duo

After Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal discovered their unique artistic chemistry, they came together to combine their talent, influences and repertoires.


Costanza Maio

May 21, 2012 Student at New York University

New York University student Costanza Maio decided to take a year off from her studies to travel and explore the world.


Training program for sound engineers at the...

May 21, 2012

Having defined cultural diversity as a pillar of its sustainable development policy, Vivendi contributes to developing capacities for production of local content.


Iva Miteva

May 21, 2012 Pan-EU Youth ambassador

Iva Miteva is from Varna, Bulgaria. She is an ambassador of the Pan-EU Youth platform.


Janice Richardson

May 21, 2012 Senior Adviser at European Schoolnet, and coordinator of the Insafe network

Are new technologies a chance for intercultural dialogue among young people?


Luboš Perniš

May 21, 2012 Pan-EU Youth Ambassasor

At the age of only 14, young Slovak Lubos Pernis has founded an online magazine, Teen It, designed to help teenagers make best use of the latest technology.


Playing For Change

May 21, 2012

Created upon the initiative of American sound engineer, producer and director Mark Johnson, Playing For Change aims to connect the world through music.


Raïssa Lahcine

May 21, 2012 Singer-songwriter and Director of Cultural Affairs and Development for New York University in France

Raïssa Lahcine's path has been marked by the mixing of cultures.


Salif Keita

May 21, 2012 Malian singer-songwriter

From Mali and Côte d'Ivoire to the United States and France, Salif Keita has built his musical adventure through encounters.


Sika Yeboah-Sampong

May 21, 2012 Student at New York University

Sika Yeboah-Sampong studies at New York University.


Tereza Ondrácková

May 21, 2012 Pan-EU Youth Ambassador

Young Czech girl Tereza Ondrácková is passionate about Internet security and has even created a site dedicated to the issue:


The Meetings under the tent

May 21, 2012 International Meeting of Cinema Schools in Ouarzazate

What do films as different as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Kundun and Asterix & Obelix: Meet Cleopatra have in common? They were all filmed in part or in whole in Ouarzazate, Morocco, a favorite film location for major directors since the 1950s.

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