Netherlands celebrates Day of Dialogue
Twenty-five cities across the Netherlands celebrated the tenth annual Day of Dialogue today. The event brought citizens together with representatives from banks, shops, community centres, libraries, schools and other organisations to discuss social issues openly.
The day is also seen as an opportunity to discuss cultural differences and prejudices, with various religious and rights groups also holding talks.
Mayor Eberhard van der Laan launched the initiative in Amsterdam with the theme Young and Old. At various locations throughout the capital, residents addressed how people young and old can better live and work together.
Dialogue week The Day of Dialogue comes during National Dialogue Week which runs from 1 to 13 November. The concept was launched ten years ago in Rotterdam by the organisation Netherlands in Dialogue. The movement has grown internationally with similar initiatives being held in Berlin and Belgium.
According to director Olga Plokhooij, Netherlands in Dialogue promotes social renewal.
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