BNLD Western Balkans





Cultural heritage linking diversities in Europe


Timeline: 10/2019 - 09/2021      

Funded by: Europe for Citizens Programme

Countries involved: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia

Lead Partner: Peja Municipality



LDA Kosovo

Volunteer Centre Novo Mesto

Larissa Municipality

Ravenna Municipality

Kumanovo Municipality

Patos Municipality

Knjazevac Municipality

Niksic Municipality

Zavidovici Municipality



Short description:

During recent years, we have witnessed the emerging of intercultural tensions and social disharmony, together with the rise of citizens' discontent and their demands for higher inclusion in policy-making all over Europe. There is indeed an evident need to invest in cultural diversity and dialogue!

VALID is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies, by using them as a concept and as a policy tool basis for managing diversity and for recognizing European cities as key players in the intercultural policy. The project will be structured in a set of interlinked activities carried out at different territorial levels which will directly involve around 1000 participants, whilst indirectly reaching around 15,000 citizens.

An added value of the project? The inclusion of Kosovo* as the leader of the consortium! This country, being recently eligible in the program, represents an occasion to reflect on the importance of the EU accession and enlargement process, and give impetus to the promotion of EU policy framework together with the sharing of good practices with EU counterparts.


The project aims at building a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange, using a bottom-up approach and the promotion of cultural participation. Cultural participation is seen as a tool for improving social inclusion, active citizenship, and intercultural dialogue, as well as fostering solidarity and respect for cultural diversity. In its bigger picture, the project openly aims at bridging the local and the European level, building cooperation from a grassroots approach, and at the same time constructing a European network creating a wider common intercultural frame. Go for it, VALID!


Contacts : Katica Janeva

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