Migration, Communities, Our project also includes democracy and participation programs and arts and cultural activities

Village Europa

Creators

Who is behind this?

Iulian Preda

Frontline Club Bucharest

https://www.frontlineclub.com/partners/

Romania

Who is joining forces?

Frontline Club Bucharest

https://www.frontlineclub.com/partners/

Romania


Frontline Club

https://www.frontlineclub.com

United Kingdom


BYLINEFEST LTD

https://www.bylinefestival.com

United Kingdom


Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

Although Romania is one of the countries with the highest economic migrants in Europe (17% of the population), just 26% of the Romanians have ever traveled outside the country. As a result the Romanian society confronts itself with two major problems: depopulation of the poor areas and growth of xenophobic prejudices. In order to tackle the raise of xenophobia and help the communities from dissolving we plan to bring Europe to them and to create the “European Village”.

Where will your idea take place?

In Romania, in one of the communities with the highest number of economic migrants.

Why does Europe need your idea?

This might be one of the few opportunities to inform the citizens in the rural areas of Romania about what the European Union stands for and what the benefits of being part of the EU are; information that otherwise does not reach them due to the lack of infrastructure.

What is your impact?

In times when nationalism and xenophobia is on the rise, our project aims to remind citizens that cooperation between people and understanding of other cultures and different ways of thinking can offer solutions for progress and prosperity for all the parties involved.

How do you get there?

By creating and delivering a program of documentary screenings, debates, music concerts, artistic happenings, photo exhibitions and workshops during the festival we aim to change the mentality towards foreign cultures and immigrants through direct contact with individuals from outside Romania, to engage the locals in a dialogue with foreign traditions and to educate people about their european rights and duties as European citizens.

What is your story?

We believe that direct dialogue between individuals coming from different cultures is the cornerstone for acceptance and tolerance towards “the other” and that the presence of independent media will provide appreciation and discernment in terms of media consumption to seek facts and unbiased news.

Who are you doing it for?

Since in Romania the civil society is still very fragile and very segregated we hope that by organising this festival we can build a bridge between the different parts of the society. Therefore, we hope to engage young people, NGOs, activists, journalists, students and political representatives.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

To ensure a compelling and diverse palette of artistic and cultural happenings we encourage NGO’s, journalists and artists to contact us with proposals on the topics of migration and promotion of national heritage of their home countries. Partners and feedback to our ideaare always welcome.

Team

Frontline

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Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018

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