Travel is one of the ways that humans have established over time to relate to different civilisations.

"MagiC Carpets" is a "Creative Europe" platform uniting 20 European cultural organisations that create opportunities for emerging artists to embark on journeys to unknown lands and to create, together with local artists and local communities, new works that highlight local specificities and compensate for the shortage of story-telling existing in modern society by enhancing cultural accessibility, cultural activism and participation.

The title "MagiC Carpets" refers to "1001 Arabian Nights" fairy-tale story about the magic, or flying, carpet – a 'fantastic device' for travelling across the world in a twinkling of an eye. The creativity and imagination of Scheherazade used in story-telling to intrigue and to involve her husband becomes here a convincing metaphor of the power of culture to change the mistrust and confrontation into intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and even love.

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