Best Practice 14

Intercultural Festival of Santander

It is an activity with a broad spectrum of attracting. The main goal is the hosting of both national and international visitors who want to attend the fair. However, it is also an environment of collaboration among associations, organizations (such us NGOs), public and private bodies, etc. 

The main objective of the fair is to create a space for cultural exchange, where there is a broad representation of each of the cultures around the world, where each of them shows its characteristics and where they also have the possibility to exchange those products with the rest of the cultures there.  During the time in which the fair takes place, the people who participate in it acquire and deepen knowledge on other ways of life and of understanding the environment, which makes anyone who passes by live the mingling experience. The activities make people become aware, in an entertaining way, of the diversity in the world and interact with it, resulting in an area of confluence, respect and education of intercultural values. It is important to stress the magnitude and international character of the event: the scope of the activity has a great impact on the region and it also bears the cultural differences around the world in mind, which involves a very broad perspective of mingling experience.

Within the joint project it belongs to it also tries to make a better revitalization of public spaces, together with the Councils and the Autonomous Communities, by generating public-private synergies based on collaboration and sponsorship conventions. It has an important outreach outside the region, becoming one of the prominent festivals in the Spanish summer programme. Its activity, which takes around a month, is focused on diverse areas: culture, tourism, international music festival, world’s gastronomy, show cooking, sustainability and solidarity, eco-festival and citizen participation (colloquies, recitals). Different countries collaborate: Germany, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Spain, USA, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay.

  • Quantitatively: it is important to highlight the wide scope of this activity. Only in 2017 there were 300.000 visitors.
  • Qualitatively: voluntary assistance is a key aspect, which involves a greater predisposition to learning and to the exchange of culture and experiences.
  • Socially: the people who participate in the festival keep learning more about the culture of other nations, accepting diversity and valuing it. The respect and normalization of the other’s context is another consequence of the exchanges that take place. 

□ Citizenship & Civic Engagement

□ Social Cohesion & Identity

□ Education

□ Cultural awareness

□ Intercultural communication

This event celebrates in Santander since 12 years and it is one of most welcome events held in Santander. It is an international experience applied at a local level and it is mainly focused on cultural aspects: cultural products are exchanged (for example, music, gastronomy, history, art, lines of though based on the different forms of culture) for a better knowledge on the other.



C/ San José 10 bajo

39003- Santander

Tlf. 942.203.173