"Italy, compared to many of her European neighbours is lagging behind in her capacity to welcome and integrate migrants into present-day society. This isn't meant as a criticism of Italy, though, since mass immigration has a very recent history. No doubt in a few generations the situation will be very different. With the present situation in mind the project "Intercultural Dialogues" attempts to introduce a view of migration (deriving from the British model) that means that immigrant and minority groups are given a voice in the widest meaning of that term; politically, they are UK citizens, and culturally and artistically, they enjoy the freedom and opportunity to express their specific view of the world. The upshot is that some of the most vibrant artists in Britain today are originally from different parts of the globe.  It is not by chance that Intercultural Dialogues centres on the theatre. By its very nature this artistic form is intrinsically public and interactive, offering a platform for debate between authors, performers and audiences. By bringing to Italy writers and theatre practitioners from the UK, translating their plays, staging and publishing them, we hope to create in audiences a new awareness of our multicultural society, which by now is the norm both in Britain and Italy. Our first writer to visit Milan, the British Asian Rani Moorthy, asked audiences the crucial question, "Who do you think you are?", our second writer, the British African-Caribbean Kwame Kwei-Armah considers himself as a catalyst in an artistic process which invites people to see the world through a different lens." Maggie Rose, project leader of Intercultural Dialogues

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