European Active Citizens week/festival

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“Towards inclusive and sustainable Europe  aims to raise awareness about the importance of involving migrants and minorities fully in the civic society as well as sensitizing them to understand and appreciate the normality of different worldviews, customs, and ways of life among human beings.

The aim of the festival & conference is to explore the implementation of the EU action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-2027, to raise awareness about the importance of involving migrants and minorities fully in the civic society as well as sensitising them to understand and appreciate the normality of different worldviews, customs and ways of life among human beings and to support migrant & minority communities in exercising their rights and responsibilities in society and enhance their feeling of belonging to the community, both local and European.

The European Active Citizens Week / Festival will be a serious of events that will happed during 5-days and will include an intensive program of official discussions in frame of international conference*, trainings and workshops conducted by international partners and Estonian hosts, study visits and cultural performances (local and international), exhibition and development of new project proposals plus networking. special attention will be dedicated to presentation of independent European Report on the situation with refugees, migrants, and minorities in different social life sectors prepared by international partners in frame of the programm “Inclusive Europe”.

During the conference, we will present a Report Inclusive and Sustainable Europe:  “Vulnerable groups in Europe: policy realities on migration and integration, opinions and suggestions” of the program” what will be one of the major outcomes of the program, together with local Citizens’ action plans, which will be submitted to the European Commission and various international and governmental organizations, and the media.

Key words: vulnerable groups, human rights, migration crisis, social cohesion, policy making in EU, civil society and its challenges, innovation, inclusion, intercultural, working bottom up, best practices and successful cooperation, interdisciplinary work.

Date and place: 4th – 8th May 2022 in Tallinn (Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel & other venues)
(Address: Sadama 11a, 10111 Tallinn)

Participants: up to 300 participants (up to 150 from European Union international participants on-site or online & 150 from Estonia) from local & international organizations representatives, experts, guests, students/youth, interested organizations/institutions and NGOs leaders, networks, and individuals representing vulnerable groups.

Participating countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and others.

Official languages: English and Estonian

*International conference will be run in hybrid format and Zoom link will be provided only to officially registered participants. Registration deadline is 30th of April 2022. An online participation will start on 5th May 2022 at 09.00 am (CET).

An International Conference “Towards inclusive and sustainable Europe” with speakers from across Europe and EU institutions. The conference provides the main platform for stimulating discussion and presentation of European report.

Components of the festival:

  • Key note speeches by international experts in the field of integration and migration policy in EU,  civil society, social cohesion, pact on Migration and AsylumEU action plan on integration and inclusionintercultural dialogue, countering violent extremism, racism and xenophobia etc  – The aim is to introduce the themes to all participants (as the event is open to all) and further elaborate on the continued relevance of these themes
  • Panel discussion sessions, these panel discussions include representatives of many different backgrounds who will highlight the usefulness of creating a comparative perspective, being open to ideas from other countries (regions), and finding common goals and policy approaches.
  • Practical workshops/ trainings/meetings for participants to introduce them to new skills and knowledge held by partner representatives & invited guests facilitate new partnerships and stimulate a creation of “Inclusive Europe network creation”. Development of new initiatives will be generated by international and local partners.  (Workshop/trainings agenda for organizations/individuals related with strengthening cohesion for more inclusive Europe is published on webpage; www.inclusiveurope.eu/workshops ).
  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Civil Society and Intercultural fairs
  • Concert performances
  • A week-long exhibition on human rights and  positive involvement of migrants/minorities;
  • Other side events…

Components of the international conference:

  • Key note speeches by international experts in the field of integration and migration policy in EU,  civil society, social cohesion, pact on Migration and Asylum, EU action plan on integration and inclusion, intercultural dialogue, countering violent extremism, racism and xenophobia etc  – The aim is to introduce the themes to all participants (as the event is open to all) and further elaborate on the continued relevance of these themes
  • Panel discussion sessions, these panel discussions include representatives of many different backgrounds who will highlight the usefulness of creating a comparative perspective, being open to ideas from other countries (regions), and finding common goals and policy approaches.

VENUES: Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel; Lindakivi Culture Centre; Area in front of the Tallinn City Hall; and many others.

AGENDA

DateActicity ActivityActivityActicity
3.05.2022ExhibitionOFFICIAL AGENDA
OF THE FESTIVAL
4.05.2022Exhibition
(Meistä – About us – photo exhibition at Dokfoto)
Arrival &
Opening ceremony
Skills workshops
5.05.2022Exhibition
(Meistä – About us – photo exhibition at Dokfoto)
Intercultural fair
(Tallink  Conference & Spa Hotel)
International Conference
Venue: Tallink Conference and Spa Hotell
Culture Evening
Venue: Lindakivi Culture Centre
6.05.2022Exhibition
(Meistä – About us – photo exhibition at Dokfoto)
Intercultural fair
(Tallink  Conference & Spa Hotel)
Skills workshops
(Tallink & Confernce Spa Hotell and other venues)*
Networking Day
and Culture events

(Tallink & Confernce Spa Hotell and other venues)*
7.05.2022Exhibition
(Meistä – About us – photo exhibition at Dokfoto)
Intercultural fair
(Tallink  Conference & Spa Hotel)
Skills workshops
(Tallink  Confernce & Spa Hotell and other venues)*
Estonian Culture Day
(Tallinn Music Week) & Teeme Ära campaign
Venue: across Estonia
8.05.2022Exhibition
(Meistä – About us – photo exhibition at Dokfoto)
Closing of the Festival

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENTS

He Exhibition “About us” (Venue: Dokfoto Keskus, Telliskivi 60a/5 )

Exhibition “About us” (Venue: Dokfoto Keskus, Telliskivi 60a/5 (ex-B1), 1 floor) –  Aleksandra Lemke’s exhibition ‘About Us’ creates space to grow and expand. It shows the beauty and abundance of being a human. It shows human connections and our individual particularities. It shows intimacy, closeness and how we build bridges. It makes you want to be a better person and help create a healthier society. The purpose of this exhibition is to empower QBIPOC people, promote their human rights and raise awareness among the general population of the diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community.  The photographs in the exhibition are intended to encourage people who belong to an ethnic or religious minority who also belong to a sexual or gender minority. They’re not alone with their stories.

These images aim to show people as they want to be seen; enable them to express their true feelings and, at the same time, reinforce the story that diversity is a factor that unites humanity. In this exhibition, the exhibition promotes the importance of an intersectional approach to anti-racism and in work which promotes good relations between population groups. Find more on: https://dokfoto.ee/en/uritused/aleksandra-lemke-meist/

Intercultural fair (Venue: Tallink Conference & Spa Hotel)

Intercultural fair (Venue: Tallink Conference & Spa Hotel) – The Fair is a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the cultures, the family histories and the civic activities that all come together to make our community so wonderful. Take your time as you go through the fair, talk with everyone, explore everything.

The Fair is about sharing and learning. For example, ask about national activities and traditions, traditional favourite food and cultures communities. Ask what they notice as similar and different between cultures. Ask about favourite family stories or stories of their culture. Ask about their holidays and celebrations. Decide to approach people and things that are different from you and learn about them.

The Fair embraces the richness of diversity in our community and we ask you to do so as well with respect for each other, and joy in having a time to do this.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing as you will be exploring and maybe dancing a bit to the entertainment.

Find more on: www.inclusiveurope.eu/fair

International conference (Venue: Tallink Conference & Spa Hotel)

International conference “Inclusive and Sustainable Europe: way forward or step back?” on the 5th of May 2022 provides the main platform for stimulating discussion and presentation of European report.

It will be organised as key event of the Festival in order to discuss on high level integration and migrations issues, inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

Conference will connect a unique European regional network of practitioners, civil society organisations, policy-makers, media and international donors, united to create together real change in the integration and migration policies and support civil society though building dialogue and mutual understanding.

During conference participants will be able to hear inspiring keynote speakers, share knowledge and have some new experiences, meet and speak with inspiring colleagues, Government and Non-governmental organisations, Researchers and professionals from all over Europe. 

Read more about conference on: www.inclusiveurope.eu/conference

Skills workshops sessions and Study visits (Venue: various of places)

There will be three skills workshop sessions what is organised by international and local partners. Skills workshop session is divided by the themes related with necessary skills for the members of vulnerable groups like communication, creativity, socialisation, mental health, networking, intercultural training, people perceptions and inclusion, Cross-Cultural coaching, concept of Human Rights, creating social change & sustainability, and many others. Organiser will provide an opportunity to visit Estonian Civil Society organisations and networks working with vulnerable groups’ representatives.

Read more and select your workshop on www.inclusiveurope.eu/workshops

Culture program

Culture program includes various of events what will be happening during the festival for example: Opening and closing ceremonies, visits of museums, ability to discover Tallinn Music Week concert programm, traditions and food, get closer with Estonian people and its history. 

A special concert performance “Unity in diversity” will be organised and performed on the 5th of May at 19.00 pm in Lindakivi Culture Centre where you could see inspiring performances and art forms made/performed by Estonian young musicians, Göteborg Alternative Orchestra, Swedish Theatre group “Knöppa” and Georg Otsa Music School`s youth performance and  Siima Aima Funk Band.

The “Lets do it collective action” 7th of May 2022

7th of May 2022 participants will be able to join with Estonian traditional event “Lets do it collective action” where each could organise or join collective works (visit and select best activity where you want to take part: https://talgud.teemeara.ee/events)

This year the focus is on safety of water near home, nature conservation for everyone and let us notice & provide support.
Read more about it (https://www.teemeara.ee/the-focus-is-on-1)

Networking days (all day long) – All invited international and local participants, officials and delegates are inspired to share own experience, best practices and own ideas about existing challenge and possible solutions. Networking days will provide a space for participants to conduct productive meeting and generate positive results like new initiative what could be supported by European Commission or governments.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know each other, find a potential partner and design own local or international action project and join with European network of intercultural actors.

Read more and select your workshop on www.inclusiveurope.eu/workshops

Outcomes: The week is intended as a positive celebration of the benefits of a diverse and tolerant society with a varied programme of cultural and educational events that bring together representatives of migrant/minority organisations/communities from across the Europe, while simultaneously providing a platform and a space for raising awareness and advocating, bringing forth important issues of inclusion and respect in a supportive environment thus fostering also dialogue and cooperation.