PALERMO, ITALY - 16 JANUARY 2019: Sumi Dalia Aktar (28) from Bangladesh, former President of the Council of Cultures of the city of Palermo, poses for a portrait in the Ballarò market in Palermo, Italy, on January 16th 2019. The Council of Cultures sees its role as ultimately guaranteeing that new residents to the city are able to take their place in the political and institutional life of the city as full citizens regardless of their nationality or immigration status.
The historic market Ballarò of Palermo, in the neighbourhood known as Albergheria, is the oldest and biggest among the markets of the city.
For about half a century, after World War II, Ballarò was increasingly depopulated as families moved to airier suburbs. Today there are over 14 ethnicities in Ballarò and more than 25 languages spoken: migrant communities, students, professionals, historic merchants and new entrepreneurs coexist.