Culture plays a key role in the transition to more democratic societies in the Southern Neighbourhood, not only in intercultural relations but also in human, social and economic development. A strengthened cultural sector can act as a catalyst for democratic changes and provide a driving force for the transformation of a society where creative and socially engaged voices can be freely expressed and respected. At the same time culture can also play a pivotal role in boosting socio-economic development and political pluralism in the region. EU support to the cultural sector ranges from promoting intercultural dialogue to supporting cultural and creative industries and crafts.
"I never imagined I could stand in front of people and make a presentation on violence in society, but I did it, thanks to the DDD project. Theatre allowed me to explore many things that I had been keeping for myself. Now I can express everything in my heart through theatre.”
-Marina, a participant in the EU-funded Drama, Diversity and Development project in Egypt