The “Multaka – Intercultural Tours in Athens” project aimed at strengthening and empowering intercultural dialogue, gave the opportunity to residents and visitors of the city to participate in tours, implemented by refugees and migrants, as well as Greeks with migrant or refugee background, in museums and archaeological sites of Athens.
“Multaka” means meeting point in Arabic. Just as its name suggests, the project, implemented by the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency S.A. (ADDMA) and designed by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the City of Athens, familiarized migrants and refugees with the history and culture of Greece. At the same time, the ‘intercultural guides’ themselves share aspects of their own culture and experience giving a trigger for the identification of common references and values as well for the development of an intercultural exchange.
As part of the project, the ‘intercultural guides’ have received relevant training by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Tours were provided in Greek, English, French, Arabic and Farsi at the following sites: (a) Museum of Modern Greek Culture, (b) Epigraphic Museum, (c) Ancient Agora and (d) Keramikos.
Similar projects are implemented in various European cities, the first being Berlin, where Multaka started in 2015 and is still ongoing.
Multaka Athens has been completed on June 2023.