On 8-9th October 2019, the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Programme (“ICC”) with its partner ICC UK held the first Intercultural Integration Academy in the UK. The event was a two-day immersive course, designed to help cities make the most out of the ICC network and deepen their knowledge on subjects chosen by them.
It’s been an exciting year for the ICC Programme in the UK, with five new member cities joining the Councils of Lewisham and Swansea as international members; these are Leeds City Council, Bradford Council, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Kirklees Council and Manchester City Council.
Politicians and Officers of the seven UK city members met together in Bradford at the UK Intercultural Academy organised by ICC UK and the iCoCo Foundation. They were joined by representatives from the Council of Europe – who manage the international Intercultural Cities network – and ICC Experts from partner cities across Europe.
The programme for the two days included presentations and practical sessions aimed at streamlining cohesion and integration into all departments across councils. A full report on the event is available here: