Año Europeo
del Diálogo Intercultural 2008

Institute for Women

This action is aimed at a specific segment of society - women - which requires preferential treatment in Spain and Europe as a factor for creativity and dialogue which has a leading role in the Ellas Crean Festival.

The assignment of gender-based roles has allowed women to develop a great capacity as mediators. Mediators to avoid conflicts, create bridges between misunderstandings, tied together with words and gestures of unity, to build networks for hope. For centuries women have acted on behalf of others, creating a harmonious space between towns, cultures and generations. Through their actions they have gradually created another means of looking at the world, another way of showing and sensing it, and have wanted to share this different outlook, that is not confrontational but placating; and to subsequently transfer this to the public arena. Women create those spaces through gestures of common sense, serenity and hope.

Ellas Crean is an example of those spaces in which multiple cultures come together under the gaze of their women, who promote intercultural dialogue through their creations. It is a multi-thematic and intercultural festival that was started three years ago on 8 March, International Women's Day.

The program of the 4th edition of Ellas Crean which takes place from 22 February to 8 March in Madrid consolidates this festival as the most significant event of those organised to celebrate International Women's Day. This year, the common theme of the festival's extensive multidisciplinary offering is dedicated to women and cultural diversity and its activities officially form part of 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. Thanks to the talent and works of international Spanish women, the festival will reflect a wide variety of artistic fields: film, music, literature, dance, art;

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