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IDE Project

Our Vision

We encourage dialogue.

The Identity Dialogues Europe project aims to promote and protect the richness of both national and European cultural heritage, breathing life into small communities, and stimulating cultural activities as an alternative communication method between locals and newcomers. Photography is our cultural strategy. The project aims to relieve the isolated position of immigrants, many of which are still in the process of seeking asylum

To enhance communication between foreigners and locals within such communities, the project aims to organise a wide-ranging programme of talks, conferences, guided tours, and book-signings; in order to promote the opening of artists’ residencies, the organisation and circulation of exhibitions, and the lending of artworks to other museums or institutions; it aims at providing young and amateur photographers with educational resources, activities and workshops.

The creative, accessible and inviting nature of photography is key in achieving this, as well as the close cooperation between local organisations, educational institutions, photographic archives, cultural institutions, festivals, museums and professionals in the field.

Our objectives

  • Encourage dialogue regarding cultural differences and similarities between target groups

  • Moderate boundaries between groups and socialising communities by encouraging the sharing and promotion of images from different cultures and places

  • Sensitise the public to social and cultural issues regarding immigration and cultural and political tensions
  • Offer recognition for the changes that have occurred within communities and the subsequent impact they have on people
  • Introduce local culture to newcomers with the aid of photographical language and contemporary installations

  • Effectively use historical and photographic archives, digitising and enlarging material, in order to simplify the distribution and usage of the photos shot for this project
  • Encourage photography institutions with different profiles to share their experience and stimulate peer to peer capacity building

  • Consolidate and improve the knowledge and skills (digital as well as analog) of the photographers who work in the countries involved with the project, promoting cooperation and transnational mobility
  • Ensure active engagement of every member of the involved communities, inviting them to directly take part in the activities of the project and practice photography, broadening the horizon of the audience while doing so

Our target audience

  • professional, young and amateur photographers and students

  • established inhabitants of local communities: nationals and migrants
  • public and private photography associations, organisations, institutions, schools/universities/academies

Meet the partners behind the project

© Marine Gastineau
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The Copenhagen Photo Festival was launched in 2010 and has grown to become the biggest annual photo festival of Scandinavia.

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The Municipality of Savignano sul Rubicone lies in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna. It promotes “SI FEST – Savignano Immagini Festival”, Italy’s first photo festival, since 1992

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Ad Hoc Gestión Cultural is a company dedicated to the design, creation and production of all kinds of cultural and touristic products and services.

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NOOR is a global, multilingual collective of highly accomplished journalists, authors, photographers, artists and filmmakers documenting, investigating and witnessing our world.

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Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

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The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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