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Welcome to the Intercultural Cities Conference Blog. This is a simple blog that will be used to post information about the conference before we start, and posts by speakers and delegates once the conference gets going.

For the official information: the Intercultural Cities Conference website is here.

The conference takes place in Liverpool, UK 1st to 3rd May in St George’s Hall.

About the Intercultural Cities Conference.

COMEDIA in association with EUCLID is organising a major conference to mark the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.

As part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, the Intercultural Cities Conference will look at migration, diversity and urban life in a fresh way. The conference will not only provide an opportunity for International city leaders and experts to look at how different cultures can live together but how mixing can be turned to economic, social and cultural advantage. New thinking is needed on how diverse communities can co-operate in productive harmony instead of leading parallel or antagonistic lives.

During the three days, leading speakers from across Europe, UK Cities, as well the US, Canada and Australia will provide real examples of how being intercultural works, bringing social, cultural and economic advantages. They include globalization guru Saskia Sassen, New York Times writer Gregg Zachary who argues cities and business must ‘mongrelize or die’, the world authority on cultural diversity and city planning Leonie Sandercock, Lord Bhikhu Parekh who says it is time to rethink multiculturalism and Keith Khan, Head of Culture for the 2012 Olympic Games. There will also be great opportunities to explore the city of Liverpool, the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

For background read Phil Wood and Charles Landry’s book “The Intercultural City Planning for Diversity Advantage”.

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