Cafe Melange * )
A cultural café travels through Vienna
Project for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008
A coffeehouse is traditionally a place to meet, to exchange ideas and information, to entertain - a place for intercultural dialog.
C A F E M E L A N G E is supposed to be a mobile, interactive cultural café where information and artistic positions on “cultural mélange” are collected and made accessible to the public.
A container furnished as a mobile coffeehouse travels through Vienna.
Equipped with a constantly growing library, video library, audio library, artistic artifacts and information material it visits and connects existing centers, clubs and initiatives of intercultural dialog in Vienna.
In collaboration with these institutions events are held such as: interactive activities with adolescents and children, concerts, readings, film and video screenings, discussions which are to take place in or around the mobile coffeehouse.
In cooperation with the teaching staff from various schools event contributions that focus on integration are drafted and developed together with the pupils. In return the teachers may use the materials from the Cafe Melange as teaching aids in their lessons.
*) “Melange” is a typical Viennese coffee with milk. Nothing can describe more fittingly what culture really is: a blend. Worldwide.