To mark the UNESCO World Day for Intercultural Dialogue, the 11th annual festival “Cultures invite to the table” and the annual Round Table Dinner, will take place on 24 May 2018 (in case of bad weather the alternative date for the open air event is 30 May). Ambassadors and representatives from 21 nations will participate. In addition, throughout 2018, various Round Tables and Expert Talks with opinion leaders will be organised, covering current topics and events of global relevance. The ambassadors and representatives will sample dishes from around the world during the festival, which is also a contribution to international understanding.
“Cultures invite to the Table” will be held at Sigmund Freud Park in Vienna, with an intercultural buffet offered by members of our partner organisations and a cultural programme presenting music and dance from the participating nations. Around 5,000 participants are expected. It is organised in cooperation with 25 Austro-foreign friendship societies, with the support of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Foreign Ministry (the Cultural Department and Dialogue Task Force). Organisers from the friendship societies will offer the relevant national culinary specialties to taste. Artists and groups from the participating nations will present a cultural program, involving dance, song, musical performances, and workshops.
As part of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s Common Action programme, the event started in 2008, as the regional campaign “1001 Actions for Dialogue”. It is always organised in late May, around the occasion of the UNESCO World Day for Intercultural Dialogue (21 May). Since 2017 the event has had the patronage of the Austrian President. The income from the event is used to support various charitable causes.
The objectives of the Round Table Dinner are:
- To raise public awareness for the need for intercultural dialogue, with special focus on mutual respect;
- To show practical examples of intercultural exchange; and
- To promote dialogue between cultures.
The main target groups are:
- Opinion leaders from religious communities, associations of immigrants, friendship leagues, and academic institutions interested in intercultural dialogue; and
- The Viennese public.
In addition to the event, an online “Intercultural cookbook” will be offered, based on each year’s event each event. With over 100 recipes, people from different cultures become more familiar and appreciative of others’ customs and traditions. Under the motto “Culture of the cooking pot, the publication is made possible by the participants, together with the World Public Forum. The collection of recipes will be available at the festival, and soon for download on the website of the World Public Forum, free of charge.
The most current online cookbook is currently available at: