Spain’s economic model failed to diversify and evolve into a knowledge-based economy after the crisis.
The consequences of the country’s unsustainable economy are evident in Valencia: tourism is massively overexploited, young people face high unemployment rates, and the use of renewable energies is declining.
Far from becoming a city with the capacity to identify and include alternative economic and social models, more dynamic and adapted to these times, Valencia has ignored the creative potential of the different cultures that inhabit this city.
This model has favored processes of economic and social exclusion in which sectors of the population such as immigrants, youth, women and the poor are left out of the processes and spaces of city-making.
Team Valencia’s editorial project seeks to give visibility to the different gastronomic cultures of migrant communities in the city of Valencia. Their goal is to publish a print publication that captures the results of a community-building process based on a series of activities, such as training workshops, public meetings, and gastronomic festivals.
To do so, they have reached out to small businesses such as restaurants, shops, markets, as well as local projects related to food, culture and migration. The team hopes that the guide will contribute to promote the gastronomic sector and initiatives linked to migrant communities in their city.
“We want to make visible the gastro-cultural richness of the city of Valencia as a way to contribute to the vitality of its social fabric.”
To share the results of their work, the team is planning a book release in early 2019 in combination with a gastronomic carnival involving the local communities.