This week we had the great pleasure to welcome Dilwar Hussain (Coventry University), external evaluator of the NOA project, to our offices. During these days with Dilwar we have evaluated and analyzed the development of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2021, with the central theme of dialogue. Dilwar also participated in a couple of activities organized in Barcelona in this framework. The first was a round table discussion between young Muslims and Jews in the city of Barcelona, organized by the Salam Shalom Association. It was very interesting, and certainly special, since one of the speakers was Federico Szarfer, project manager of the European Days of Jewish Culture. On the second day we had the opportunity to visit with Dilwar different Jewish heritage projects in the city, including the archival research project on Jewish documentation in the Cathedral of Barcelona. And finally, Dilwar attended the launching of the Barcelona Jewish Book Festival, organized by Mozaika, with the central theme of Dialogue, also part of the programme of the European Days of Jewish Culture.
It has been a pleasure to share this time with Dilwar, to get to know his work and experience in the field of cultural and interreligious dialogue in the UK, as well as to learn from him how to improve our work on Jewish heritage as a channel for intercultural dialogue and creating awareness of cultural diversity and strengthening European citizens’ cultural identity.