Freedom Games is aninterdisciplinary conference that serves as a common ground for intellectuals and artists to share experiences, exchange ideasand develop solutions to current problems in diverse areas - from politics and economy to society and culture -concerning Europe as a whole and Poland in particular. Our intention is also to create a place of meetings and debates for the residents of Lodz, strengthening the potential of the city as a centre of cultural and intellectual movement.
Freedom Games aim to define challenges that Poland, Europe and the world in general are facing. This year we want to take up the topic of the 'Clash of cultures’ as an answer to many controversies surrounding the refugee crisis, terrorist attacks in Europe and the activity of ISIS, as well as changing dynamics between and within the EU, the US and Russia. Apart from that, we would like to focus on internal division of Poland, which has been vividly stressed since last parliament elections.
Our event is supposed to connect people, create common vision and implement it into our speakers and guests, especially students and activists. With the theme 'Clash of cultures', we aim to confront specialists with diverse viewpoints and experiences, in order to reflect main differences that appear in public debate. As an outcome, we hope to use the insight of experts as both a diagnosis and a remedy for current challenges, which will be published in the quarterly issue of Liberté! Magazine.
Our first step is gaining recognition and financial support among prominent patrons - media platforms, NGOs as well as Polish Ministry of Culture and the Lodz City Hall. Then we plan to develop partnerships with other cultural instututions in Łódź which would provide attractive venues for our event. Further actions include composing Freedom Games' programme and schedule, with 'Clash of cultures' being the main theme; as an international and interdisciplinary event, we want to cover various ways of approach to this problem. Then we want to invite experts, activists, students and everyone interested in Freedom Games' topic and character as our speakers and guests. The last step is providing hotels for guests and catering for the event as well as managing promotion both outdoor and online.
Freedom Games is targeted towards open-minded people of all ages and professions. Our main audience consists of NGO activists, artists from various disciplines and genres, experts on topics covered during the Freedom Games, leaders of opinion and academicians. We also hope to create boards of discussions and meetings dedicated for students from different academic centres in Poland, especially from courses such as political sciences, foreign affairs, economy and cultural studies.
Freedom Games serve as a meeting place for those who share common love for freedom and development. Our aim is to create a ground for networking and further cooperation by bringing our speakers together during associated events, such as informal discussions, meetings, and parties in the festival’s club in the centre of Lodz. Freedom Games are also supposed to enrich the cultural offer of the city thanks to concerts, art displays and promotion of recent works in literature, cinema and theatre.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Major expenses will include transport and accommodation of foreign guests, which we estimate at around 35000 euro . The costs of renting a venue will also be significant, most probably reaching 20000 euro . Additionally, rebranding of our event is highly required, which - along with outdoor and online promotion - will engage further expenses, estimately around 7000 euro .
Despite this year's edition of the Freedom Games being already the third one, we still struggle with recognition among ordinary recipients, especially the citizents of the city of Łódź. We would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how we can creatively advertise and promote our event as a chance to enrich the image of the city. We are also open to any suggestions on topics for discussions, debates or workshops developing the theme 'Clash of cultures'.