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"Meet the neighbours of the neighbours during COVID-19 time” – A cultural breaking-out initiative for youth and students

Iniziativa dell'Unione Europea
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Lo Staff EDIC della Rappresentanza ha segnalato un’interessante iniziativa dell’Unione Europea per contrastare il “confinamento culturale” causato dall’emergenza COVID-19.

L’iniziativa “Meet the neighbours of the neighbours during COVID-19 times”, si rivolge principalmente alle giovani generazioni di europei ed africani, offrendo loro una finestra virtuale sulle rispettive culture e sulle differenti società, stimolando riflessioni e alimentando il dialogo interculturale in questo momento di emergenza.

Leggere attentamente la nota qui di seguito e i materiali.




We would like to inform about the launch, last 9th of May,  of the initiative “Meet the neighbours of the neighbours during COVID-19 times”. The initiative will last 27 days (like the number of the Member States), until 4th June, and will aim primarily youth and students from both Europe and Africa. The objective is to open a digital window for young people to get to know other cultures, the ones of the neighbours of their neighbours, and take advantage of these difficult times of social distancing and confinement.

Through the streaming platform young people can access a selection of high-quality films about cultures and societies of the other, neighbouring, continent, strengthening mutual understanding and building solid basis to encourage inter-cultural dialogue.

The access to the streaming platform is free of charge, providing for a secured on-demand access to around 40 feature films, changing the offer each week with different films. Around 20 European feature films will be accessible to youth and students of Africa and the Mediterranean, and another 20 African and Mediterranean features films will be accessible to European students. Audience will be able to watch the selected films on a first-come first-served basis for up to 1000 users for each film, but specific promotion is being done and shall be done, thanks also to your help, through networks of youth and students.

The approach of the initiative is to “open a virtual window” in this hard times of confinement, through stimulating and entertaining films that could inspire young generations and include content that can inspire reflection and independent thinking about other cultures and the diversity of situations and societies.

The initiative is jointly implemented by DG DEVCO, DG NEAR, FPI and EEAS and involves collaboration of the European Film Festival initiative, Cineteca of Bologna, the Creative Europe/Media supported Festival Scope platform, the ACP-EU Culture programme and the LUX prize of the European Parliament.

You will find here in annex the screening schedule for the films that will be available up to 23rd of May .

Direct connection through the link:

You can find more information in the attached documentation and promotional flyer, as well as on the platform CultureXchange ( )

We thank you in advance for promoting the initiative and sharing the information with students and youth of your country.