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Initiative launched to promote cultural diversity


Wednesday 11 July, 2018 09:26:18 pm

Initiative launched to promote cultural diversity

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) - A collaboration of Alliance Française, British Council and Goethe Institut under the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) cluster was launched on Wednesday at the Franco-German Embassy in the city.

To promote cultural diversity and mutual understanding between cultures, a document was also signed among the EUNIC Cluster members.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor who attended the function as the chief guest assured of providing support to promote cultural diversity.

European Ambassador in Dhaka Rensje Teerink, France Ambassador Marie-Annick Bourdin, British High Commissioner Alison Blake and German Ambassador Thomas Heinrich Prinz were present.

Alliance Française de Dhaka Director Bruno Plasse said Alliance Française de Dhaka is made of three centres in town, recording about 6000 enrolments to French classes and organises about 100 cultural events in a year. 

“We’re very excited to join hands with the British Council and Goethe-Institut in creating EUNIC Bangladesh to foster relations between the people of Europe and of Bangladesh, and to join hands on cultural and education projects,” he said.

British Council Director, Bangladesh Barbara Wickham said Bangladesh possesses a rich heritage and culture, and for almost 70 years the British Council has been working to support a greater international appreciation of this heritage, according to a press release. 

“Our recent initiative to develop a map of the creative industries in Bangladesh, in partnership with the government, will help lay a strong foundation,” Wickham said.

The Director said they are working with the Alliance Francaise and Goethe Institut to further promote and advocate for the value of architectural and cultural heritage to enhance cross-cultural exchange, increase skills collaboration and support growth in this important sector.

Institute Director of Goethe-Institut Kirsten Hackenbroch said Goethe-Institut Bangladesh is looking forward to concerted European action with partners in Bangladesh on both cultural heritage and language teaching.