TellUs is interested in culture in the broad sense. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
“Culture can today be seen as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional traits that characterize a society or a social group. It encompasses, in addition to the arts, letters and sciences, ways of life, laws, value systems, traditions and beliefs. ”
Mexico City Declaration on Cultural Policies, 1982.
TellUs recognizes the following assumptions:
- Cultures are neither frozen nor untouchable; they evolve. Human beings build them with their ideas, actions, rules and day-to-day life choices;
- A person’s cultures are not only linked to their nationality, they can be influenced by other factors: professional and social background, religion, gender, generation, education, tastes, passions, etc.
- Traditions, folklore, festivals and rituals are an obvious part of a larger cultural framework. Thus, we perceive them as an invitation to seek what is in depth: “why?”
For more information on what happens when people from different cultures meet, see: What is an Intercultural Experience?