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Islands and Bridges
Report on European Forum for the Arts and Heritage's Annual Conference in Helsinki 2006

This year's EFAH conference sought to investigate and understand the value and importance of intercultural dialogue in the European context, offering an opportunity for participants to make their voice heard.

The conference programme was designed to take advantage of the experience and ideas of inspired practitioners and to immerse participants into a debate on issues of importance to intercultural dialogue: social cohesion; national identity; racial discrimination and the sense of the individual.

The conference offered a forum for exchange between cultural workers on their activities in relation to intercultural dialogue: cultural co-operation across national boundaries; intercultural collaborations within national boundaries; cultural work by migrant communities eager to maintain their heritage and traditions; diaspora connections by artists across national boundaries; cultural work by indigenous minorities eager to maintain their heritage and traditions; new cultural work by people of immigrant background within one country.

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