"Dance is dance, whether you're walking or rolling."

Dancing at Ellen's and a short interview with Chelsie Hill: WATCH

York, UK's first Human Rights City

On 24 April 2017, York declared itself a Human Rights City.

"York has the ambition to use human rights in decision-making, promote awareness and debate about human rights and ensure all residents' rights are respected.
Each existing human rights city has built on its own particular history when seeking to give local content to the label.
In both the past and present, York has a strong record of activity in the field of social justice."
Stephen Pittam

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photograph via Wikipedia, by Peter Czerwinski

Stadthaushotel Hamburg

Since 1993, people with disabilities have been living and working under one roof - the Stadthaushotel Hamburg. The idea goes back to the inititative of parents who had the vision of a better future for their disabled children.

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photograph via Accamino


On this International Women's Day, the city of Manchester is renamed Womanchester. The name is part of a programme that is dedicated to celebrated Womanchester's history of powerful women (Manchester Evening News). Founder of the British Suffragette movement Emmeline Pankhurst, for instance, was born in Manchester (Visit Manchester).
Happy International Women's Day 2018 to everyone!

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image via Lovin Manchester

KidZania. An Interactive City Made for Children

"KidZania is an interactive city made for children 2-14 that combines inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role-play, making KidZania one of the fastest growing global learning and entertainment brands in the world. Kids can independently explore a scaled indoor city of over 7,000 square meters with more than 100 exciting careers that they can try."
(via KidZania)

Atelier de conversation

Once a week, people from all over the world meet at the Atelier de conversation in the Centre Pompidou in Paris to talk to each other, to improve their French. People who would otherwise probably never meet come together at a place where "social and cultural borders dissolve".

Author and director: Bernhard Braunstein Awards: Opening Film, Cinéma du rèel 2017, Paris/France; Documentary Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017, Karlovy Vary/Czech Republic; ARTE Documentary Film Prize, Duisburger Filmwoche 2017, Duisburg/Germany

"The therapy aspect is very important, but there are a lot of other aspects. I think the language is important and there are really people who are struggling and want to learn something and they’re writing down vocabulary. But there are also a lot of people who are coming there to find friends. The people connect and become friends, some help each other to find a flat or even move in together. So, this social part is very important and, of course, they are all going through a difficult experience and they feel that they can talk about it together. This is the therapy part of it."
Bernhard Braunstein

"We need to start to become human, rather than talking about the masses of immigrants that will destroy us, we should see the individuals. I think this is something you can see in my film. You see that these are people, these are humans with a story and not somehow a danger."
Bernhard Braunstein

(via Diversity is Beautiful)