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Watch the discussion on Thursday morning (9:00-12:00) how local cultural policies and practices can drive social cohesion in cities throughout Europe.

Dresden has become a focal point of political polarisation and increasing community division. The local situation reflects a European schism that has taken place over the last years. While protests against immigration have been a key feature of this division, these have also become a 'catch-all movement' for those harbouring a wide array of grievances and resentments not least against 'Europe' as a whole.

Given such tense local contexts and in times of protectionist and isolationist tendencies all over Europe, many local decision makers, cultural institutions and artists feel a need to contribute to strengthening a European communality or in thinking about it in a new way.

How can cities defend the European values of democracy, peaceful diversity, open borders and unlimited mobility? Can cities invent a new narrative on how to live together? What can local culture and arts’ stakeholders do together to foster social cohesion? We will share local cultural policies and projects.

Follow the discussion on Thursday morning (9:00-12:00) through this link