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Fundacion Al Fanar
Region: Western Europe
Al Fanar’s mission is to connect the Spanish-speaking world with the political, social and cultural reality of the Arab world in all its geographical breadth, linguistic plurality, ethnic variety and cultural diversity and all the nuances and richness that entails.
Spain’s geographic closeness and historical ties with several countries in North Africa and the Middle East have failed to translate into a deeper understanding of the region. Broad stereotypes in the collective imagination have overpowered a positive approach that would confirm the well-known saying that what unites us is greater than what divides us
These negative stereotypes have been the basis for the way we see our neighbours from those countries, people we have been sharing spaces with for decades, together with other communities that have all contributed to new, richer and more diverse social contexts.
With the information they provide and the projects they develop, Al Fanar’s aim is to help change that prejudice-based image in favour of authentic knowledge and a new cross-cultural societal model in which not only spaces are shared but also experiences and causes that bring people together as citizens.