Transformation of Miksaliste Refugee Aid Center into Miksaliste Multicultural Center is next logical step for humanization of Refugee crisis. Improving the infrastructure and extending the list of activities, organizing active participation of refugees and locals we will learn more about each other and broaden our everyday life experience. With support of international designers, architects, social workers we will facilitate the creative process of refugees’ integration into local community.
Serbia, as transition country, hosted refugees only for few days. More than 100000 passed through Miksaliste (08/2015-01/2016). Since capacity of Western Europe is getting full, refugees stay here a longer time. They became part of everyday life in Belgrade, especially in Savamala quart (next to main bus/train station). Our community is absorbing them, but without any strategy. We want to include bottom-up and top-down approaches in order to develop successful models and all level participation.
We want to increase possibilities that Miksaliste Refugee Aid center offers and transform it to the working IT and craft Hub, the center of communication and informal education. All in a form of Multicultural Center. Involving local community, regional and international partners and refugees in various collaborations. We are developing sustainable models of integration. With creative network we will organize different activities that will improve some problems in local community and help refugee
STEP 1: INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS: more stable infrastructure with equipment, tools, more space, sanitary block. We need to provide electrical infrastructure, water supply, heating, basic furniture for the facility, as well as IT equipment for activities and communication. For refugees and locals we will provide: HUB, CAFÉ, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY RADIO and SHOP with handmade products.
STEP 2: PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION–Open call for creative experts to provide sustainable solutions and improvements with available resources. Brief will ask for design products and design concepts. Winning concept(s) will be developed and implemented.
DEBATE PROGRAM–networking and sharing experience
WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITION, SCREENING PROGRAM–education, language workshops, etc
Refugees, Refugee centers’ workers and volunteers, local communities, legislative bodies, regional/international partners, designers, artists, media, public opinion, Mikser festival audience. Although Serbia is multinational country most of people are from Europe and we did not have much experience with cultures from Middle East and Africa. Refugees have hard time finding substitutes for their customs, and people from Serbia are dealing with lack of knowledge, even when helping.
Rich Balkan background and our recent experience with Balkan refugees in ’90-ties gave us significant clues to understanding and to being open for new culture cohesion. We know how important for refugees is to share something, not only to be seen as victims and people in need. This project will enable exchange of ideas not only on cultural level, but also via interdisciplinary collaborations, mixing designers and plumbers and other people with different backgrounds in education and culture.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses 3,000 EUR, Travel costs 4,000 EUR, Accommodation and subsistence 6,300 EUR, Infrastructure investments (electricity, water, heating, etc./materials, works, taxes) 30,000 EUR, Implementation of wining solution(s) of International Design Competition 10,000 EUR, IT Equipment and Tools (Radio, Hub, Workshop programs) 10,000 EUR, Public relations 2,000 EUR, Printing costs 1,000 EUR, Unforseen costs 1,500 EUR, Personnel costs 13,000 EUR
We want to learn about other people experiences, how they managed to overcome challenges with a large number of people in need, not only as refugees, but also after floods and earthquakes and other cases of natural, human-instigated or environmental disasters. We want to learn how they put design into use in this cases and how to humanize the refugee crisis.