What is the role of municipality in promoting culture? What kind of local institutions are involved in the area of culture? What are the options for foreigners to present their culture in Košice? Do foreigners participate to cultural events? Do they organise cultural events?

ETP Slovakia participated on the event organised by the Foundation of Milan Šimečka on 26. June 2019 in Tabačka - one of the Košice independent culture centres. Various NGOs including ETP Slovakia were tackling the above mentioned issues when discussing with representatives of public institutions, culture activists and TCN communitie.

ETP presented current communication campaign running within INTEGRA project. The campaign is based on personal stories of TCN living in Košice and the benefits they are bringing to the city. ETP prepared the illustrated map showing diversity of the food offered in the restaurants, bistros, cafes, pastry shops and delis owned by TCN from all over the world. ETP also presented the partnership with Košice Municipality Office and newly planned online informational portal for TCN, due to be finished in the autumn/winter. Special Potulka/Wandering - a very popular guided city walk – will connect locals with organisations of minorities, successful TCN employers and non-Slovak restaurants.

There are several other initiatives running currently and some others are about to be held in coming months: festival [fju:žn] organised by NMŠ, folklore festivals organised by Košice Self-governing Region Office, culture performances in Tabačka, Soup festival and other small street events in Výmenníky. Having TCN representing Vietnamese, Mongolian, Ukrainian, Afghan or Syrian communities present on the meeting opened the opportunity to get to know each other personally and establish cooperation.  

SDA supported the interactive AR exhibition "Identity” organized by UNHCR in Sofia to mark the world refugee day. “We are glad to be able to join and express our commitment to local integration of refugees”, declared Yordanka Fandakova, Sofia Mayor, in her address at the exhibition opening on June 20, 2019. She also mentioned the own projects of Sofia aiming at better integration policies, especially focusing on INTEGRA.

The exhibition “Identity” presents the faces of the people called ‘refugees’ in Bulgaria. Not with their id card, not with the definitions of others about them, but with their personality, with who they are, with their dreams and ambitions, with what makes them individuals. The audience can hear the stories of people from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali, told by themselves through image and video.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

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