Expert Forum Association
Frontline Club Bucharest
European Grassroots Antiracist Movement: EGAM
Romanian National Council for Refugees
Frontline Club will provide expertise in organizing debates, PR and networking EGAM will provide expertise in fighting racism and xenophobia, CNRR will provide expertise on refugee and asylum issues.
We will document and unveil the stories of immigrants in Eastern EU countries and the Balkans in order to show what difficulties they face when trying to integrate. There will be interviews with refugees in RO, HU and BG, followed by public exhibitions in each country, in Brussels and at the Sarajevo film festival to promote the stories and reinforce EU values. We will encourage public to live their lifestories in “labyrinth theatre” sensory sessions during international film festivals in RO.
Bucharest & Cluj (RO); Sarajevo (BiH); Hungary and Bulgaria - TBD
Online educational campaign
With democracy declining across Europe and given the lack of historical experience in these societies with racial and cultural diversity, as well as widespread of fake news, the risk is high that things may spiral out of control. By using unconventional methods, we are creating a space for meaningful dialogue on issues that divide us, understanding the hardships refugees and immigrants face in Europe and underlining the values that are at the core of EU. Also, engaging youth in discussions on democratic values, discrimination and fake news contributes to developing critical thinking as a first step towards more civically engaged citizens.
Personal stories of hardships will reach thousands of people, online and offline, whch we will use to advocate against racism and xenophobia. The refugee issue is easily manipulated in Romania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, although there are few refugees looking to settle here. We believe that this project will foster a more fact based and empathetic dialogue. The project activities will give refugees and immigrants in Eastern European countries the platform to tell their story and engage in a discussion with EU citizens, as well as gain a skill (photographic art) as a consequence of the project. We will also engage with local politicians to test on their own (labyrinths) what it means to be discriminated.
We will use unconventional means to give refugees and immigrants a voice to share their story. With their help we will create a script for the labyrinth theatre. Apart from the general public, we will engage with local politicians and decision makers to experience the labyrinth and share this experience.
Among refugees and immigrant communities we will identify amateur photographers. Under the guidance of experienced photographers, they will take photos portraying their life in the host countries. Photos will be be exhibited at the film festivals, in Bucharest and in schools in local communities where we will hold workshops with youth and teachers.
We will document and publish, with the help of journalists, stories of lives of immigrants and refugees in Romania and neighboring countries.
The worsening of the political atmosphere in Europe, as well as the lack of proper education of the public represent a big threat to democracy throughout Europe, especially in Eastern European countries which do not have a long democratic tradition. As propaganda and fake news are on the rise, extremist movements are flourishing and without any constructive dialogue in our societies, we need to test innovative methods to expose the public and politicians to life changing stories and the subjects that divide us. All of these aspects affect our lives and those of all EU citizens and endanger our efforts as CSO to strengthen demcoratic values in our countries.
First of all, the project will provide a platform for refugees and immigrants in EU to tell their stories and the hardships faced.
The activities (labyrinth theatre, photos, debates and online articles) are aimed at the general public. We are especially looking to engage with youth in smaller local communities, as there is a lack of opportunitites to engage on democratic values and meaningful critical thinking.
Secondly, we are also aiming to engage with national and local politicians in debates on the photo expostions, but also through the labyrinth theatre experience. Also the media and influencers that can write or produce other materials about life stories and the dangers of xenophobia.
We will use labyrinth theatre and photography as unconventional ways to tell very powerful stories and trying to open a discussion on a topic that has, in the past few years, strongly divided and ploraized EU citizens to the point where there is no constructive discussion. Thus, we would like to give people a personal experience of a very difficult topic before having the possibility to debrief and discuss the content of the issues.
Furthermore, the activities designed are ment to reach people across various groups (age, professions, nationalities, interest on the issue) which are, in general, hard to reach.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses - 4920 euro Travel costs - 3700 euro Accommodation and subsistence - 6020 euro Event costs - 5300 euro Fees and honoraries - 5600 euro Public relations - 2050 euro Personnel costs - 20700 euro
Ideas of methods to engage citizens and challenge each other's views, as well as means to reach as many people as possible.