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I Intercultural Week in the municipality of Cartagena (23/03/2009)

The City of Cartagena, through the Immigration Program at the Municipal Institute of Social Services, has organized in the Plan Interconcejalías, R Intercultural week the city of Cartagena, in collaboration with the Obra Social de Bancaja and neighborhood groups, to be held 23 to 29 March in nine districts of the city.

The councilman of Social Care, Antonio Calderon, stressed during the presentation of this initiative, the interest we have from the area that concerns us in promoting ways of working to improve relationships between the cultures living in our town, removing barriers, promoting solidarity and to involve the social partners.

Keep in mind that 15 percent of the population of Cartagena are foreigners, mostly Ecuadorians and Moroccans, and although they are scattered throughout the town, neighborhoods with more immigrants are San Antón, Six hundred and Dolores.

Precisely in the selection of areas of social action for this event have been taken into account criteria related to the increased presence of immigrants and the existence of social groups taking part in them, including both urban and rural areas.

The nine districts are elected San Antón, Barrio de la Concepción, Casco Antiguo, Slum Virgen de la Caridad, El Albujón, La Palma, Alum, Santa Lucia and Dolores.

With regard to activities that will develop, between 23 and 27 workshops will be held pastry, tales of the world, film forum and roundtables, among others.

On Saturday, 28 will host a football tournament which will involve teams from different nationalities, giving the end of the day Bancaja Trophy for the best fans.

R Intercultural Week will end on Sunday 29 with the closure which includes an exhibition of the work done in workshops and performances representing the culture and folklore of the countries represented.

Thus, the group will act "Integrating America", the flamenco group 'Shuffle', the Ecuadorian group 'Dazart' as well as various displays of dance and Capoeira.


The Area Director of Bancaja, Antonio Rubio García, has been proud to partner with the City in organizing an event that has aims similar to those of the Welfare of the bank, to facilitate the social integration of the diverse cultures that meet in the same territory.

In this sense, Bancaja has grown this year the money intended to aid municipalities and universities in the country, up to 400,000 euros.

In addition, until March 31 will remain open call for applications for NGO Volunteers Bancaja card, with which the organization allocates 50 percent of the profits on purchases with the card to social groups, which will amount to 600,000 euros to support projects of cooperation and assistance to immigrants.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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