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Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture (DCAI / CKI) is a national knowledge, competence and communication centre for interculturality and cultural diversity.
The Centre works to develop a diverse cultural environment, both in Denmark and in relation to how Danish art is presented abroad.
The Centre disseminates knowledge and experiences among Danish artists and art institutions in order to develop and strengthen intercultural skills in the arts and cultural life.


The Centre’s core values are based on the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression.
The convention’s article 4, §8 states: “Interculturality refers to the existence and equitable interaction of diverse cultures and the possibility of generating shared cultural expressions through dialogue and mutual respect”.
The Centre works to strengthen the creative potential that lies in the cultural encounter and the artistic and cultural hybridization this produces.


• To create a national platform for the development of a diverse artistic and cultural life through networking, exchanging experiences, and cooperation.

• To develop intercultural skills in arts and cultural life.

• To enhance knowledge of and mutual respect for different cultures and artistic expressions through dialogue and exchange.

• To contribute to Denmark playing an important role in relation to cultural diversity, in a Nordic and global perspective.


• To enhance access to the Danish art scene for professional artists, regardless of cultural background, and thus contribute a diversity of voices to Danish cultural life.

• To enhance diversity in the organisational structure of cultural institutions at all levels, including management, administration, as well as recruitment and personnel policies.

• To facilitate access to cultural products through audience development – that is, facilitate the interaction between cultural actors and audience.

• To promote networking, exchange and sharing between artists, organisations and institutions.

• To help ensure that experiences with cultural diversity and interculturality are included in the visions, planning and strategies for municipalities and regions.

• To disseminate knowledge about artistic and cultural diversity and intercultural skills for use by municipalities, cultural institutions and media.

• To initiate the collection of experiences, make analyses and develop methods within the aforementioned areas.

Operational Objectives

The main objective is to create the economic, physical and virtual environment necessary for the Centre for Arts & Interculture to become the central hub for development of a culturally diverse cultural life – both in Denmark and in relation to how Danish culture is presented abroad.
To achieve this primary objective, efforts during the period 2009-2010 have focused on six objectives:
• The Steering Committee has established the physical setting for the Centre in a culturally active environment. The Centre is both a workplace and meeting place for staff, project participants, and users in general.

• The Centre arranges meetings between networks of artists, researchers, projects and communicators, which form the core of the Centre’s work.

• Albertslund Municipality, as project owner, is initiating a study of the specific needs of municipalities and cultural institutions in relation to intercultural competence development, project development, and the search for partners.

• The Centre established an ambitious website and portal in 2009: www.cki.dk.

• The Steering Committee and the Centre have an outreaching, critical marketing strategy, which sets agendas and creates debate.

• Albertslund Municipality and the Steering Committee create an organisational framework: The Centre’s Board of Directors should have relevant expertise in interculturality, art, law and economy, and must be in dialogue with active networks within this area. At least two full-time staff members are to be appointed, and at least four consultants, who together will service the Centre’s clients: artists, municipalities / regions / the state, cultural institutions, and individuals.


Art Projects
Centre for Arts & Interculture funded three projects in 2009, thereby maintaining the Project Brændstof’s focus on participation and inclusion:
Joint audience development in relation to cultural diversity
A collaboration between regional theatres – Gladsaxe New Theatre, Open Dance Productions, Theatre Vestvolden, and Taastrup Theatre – which aims to systematize the work of audience development in order to share experiences with other cultural institutions in the future. A report on the project will be completed in summer 2010.
Rap Moves - a dialogical hip-hop project
A CD release, concerts and debates with young immigrant hip-hop artists.
Insight - a visual art project
An art project that shows Denmark through the artistic eyes of a newcomer.
In 2010, CKI terminated its support activities and instead uses the funds for consultancies.

Dissemination Projects

Centre for Arts & Interculture focused in 2009 on three areas:
Web portal for art & interculturality
Establish a national portal that collects and disseminates all relevant available experience and knowledge of arts and interculture at www.cki.dk.

Inspiration book about art and interculturality
In December 2009, new knowledge and experience in the field was collected and published both in book form and as a section of the web portal, www.cki.dk (read more about the book here).

Meetings, three seminars (January, May and October) and a conference (January 2010 and 2011)
Networking, developing ideas, knowledge sharing, and exchange of experience through spoken words and the physical encounter between people.
In 2010, CKI activity expanded to include consultancy work. In April 2010, CKI employed a development staff member with external consulting as her only task (read more at www.cki.dk).


The Centre’s first year of existence focused on building an economic, physical, and virtual framework for the Centre for Arts & Interculture so that it could actually function as the hub for developing a diverse cultural life in Denmark.
When the website and a 74-page inspiration book on the subject were completed, and the network of cultural actors subscribing to the Centre’s newsletter approached 500 people, CKI sent out an invitation to its first major conference at the National Theatre in Copenhagen in January 2010.

The conference was quickly sold out, and became a meeting place for a wide range of the most important cultural decision makers. At the close of the conference, they placed the topic of regulation of diversity on the agenda for both radio programmes and newspapers, parliament, councils, governments, and institutions.
Subsequently, in 2010, the Centre concentrated its activities on:
• External consultancy and inspiration for cultural institutions and unions that seek a renewed focus on diversity and, through CKI’s 'travelling workshops', seek to strengthen their staffs’ and members’ intercultural skills.
• Dissemination of knowledge, including continued development of cki.dk and production of two new inspiration books.
• Networking and collecting experiences in Europe.
• Artist networks, artists’ directory BazART.dk, and InterCulture Award 2010.
The Steering Committee has also been investigating options to ensure the Centre's future operation.


Preparation of strategy, research, funding and dissemination.
The Centre was launched on 19 January.
Consolidation: establishment of the secretariat, website, book publishing and other information material, dissemination through seminars.
Consolidation: Continuation of the initiatives, new consultant activities started, establishment of consultant directory, travelling workshops at state institutions, dissemination of information.
Centre for Arts & Interculture will go over to permanent independent operational economy.


Project Brændstof is funded by the Ministry of Culture for the period 2007-2010. During this period, the project has conducted a series of art projects while the Centre for Arts & Interculture was being consolidated.

Success Criteria

• That Centre for Arts & Interculture becomes a reality during the project period 2008-2010.

• That at least 50 percent of the country’s cultural institutions, municipalities and government agencies report in a survey that they use the Centre when they seek knowledge and methods in relation to working with cultural diversity.

• That each member of the centre’s extensive network articulates a vision that includes how to manage cultural diversity – and which can thus help realise the goal: A new, strong Danish profile in this area, made visible through the Centre for Arts & Interculture.

• That the state takes responsibility both in connection with the establishment of the Centre and its operation after the project period.

• That the Centre continues to exist as an independent institution after the end of the project period.



The basis for the Centre for Arts & Interculture is Project Brændstof in Copenhagen County, which since 1999 has developed projects, skills, methods and networks and made visible a broadly defined area of cultural diversity.
Project Brændstof was mainly funded by Copenhagen County under municipal authority and therefore included in the four-year transition period 2007-2010 in connection with the municipal reform.
2007-2010: Consolidation of Project Brændstof
Albertslund Municipality took over Project Brændstof from January 2007. The municipality aimed to use the four-year transition period to consolidate the work begun by the project, including establishment of an independent institution rooted in the Greater Copenhagen area, where intercultural activities are already entrenched, so as to ensure maximum synergy and development.
A Steering Committee was established in February 2008 and proposed that Project Brændstof be replaced by an independent, national institution with global and cross-cutting responsibilities related to collection, development and dissemination.
In April 2008, the Steering Committee presented a strategy that would involve the Centre in local, national and close international cooperation at the highest possible level – i.e. political, organisational and practical cooperation.
Work to turn the plans into reality began when the Centre for Arts & Interculture (CKI) was launched at a seminar on 19 January 2009.

Web statistics

From the date CKI was started until 1 August 2010, the website has had 63,712 unique visitors (i.e. it has been read from 63,712 different computers). On average, cki.dk had 173 unique visitors per day in 2010.

The most traffic in 2010 was in April, with an average of 222 unique visitors a day. On the busiest day, 18 April, there were 678 unique visitors who read a total of 3,391 pages.


Mik Aidt, Centre Director
Anne Boukris, Consultant
Jannie Holmboe Kristiansen, Project Staff and Editor of bazART.dk
Anne-Grete Camara, Project Staff

Steering Committee

Dorte Skot-Hansen: Centre Director, Researcher, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, Denmark’s Librarian School
Hassan Preisler: Actor
Mahmoud Alibadi: Visual Artist
Maya Arffmann: MA, Consultant
Niels Righolt (Chairman): Literary and Cultural Consultant. Former Director of the Dunkers Cultural Centre. Co-founder of Cultures.
Sascha Hegner: Theatre Manager. Project Manager for diversity project Suburb.
Tallat Shakoor: Department Head, Defence Ministry, former researcher in integration, migration, Islam (CeFU / DPU)
Vibeke Skov Larsen: Special Cultural Consultant at National Arts Council, project manager, facilitator.

Ellen Nyman: Actor and artist. Member of the National Arts Council and the Peace Fund
Khaled Ramadan: Intercultural consultant for the National Arts Council. Lecturer in visual culture, artist, curator.

Asger Villemoes Nielsen: Head of Cultural Department, Albertslund.

| DCAI | Danish Centre for Arts & Interculture | Nytorv 3, 3rd floor |
| DK-1450 Copenhagen K | Tel: +45 23438009 | Mail: info [a] dcai.dk |

For more information, we refer to this Google translation of the home page of DCAI.

At this point the home page only exists in the Danish language.

DCAI.dk front page