SEE, TAKE ACTION, CHANGE: Sharing BEAMS’ Results, Models, Methods and Strategies to combat discrimination, racism and xenophobia in Europe
December 3-4-5, 2014
Centro “Don Orione Artigianelli” Venezia
Tackling racist stereotypes in popular culture and devising actions for anti-discrimination and anti-racism awareness raising have been engaging us, the 16 partners of the BEAMS project, for almost two years now. It took us months to analyze thousands of cultural productions, TV, cinema, music, sports, and other cultural expressions: we involved, interviewed, listened and discussed with over a thousand citizens in open discussion and reflection meetings. We engaged young and less young people in the hundreds during the realization of 20 pilot actions and local events.
As a result, the involved citizens produced dozens of cultural productions, videos, art, performances, where they critically review and counter cultural stereotypes that hamper dialogue and increase the potential for racist and discriminatory behaviors.
Not only do these activities put into practice the project’s slogan “stop watching, start seeing”, but they go beyond it, they represent “taking action” against stereotypes and discrimination. They intend to leave an enduring legacy of the project for those working towards the same objectives in a swiftly changing but open – respectful of diversity and of the Union Law – European society.
After two years of intense work, the final event is foreseen as an event open to experts and citizens to showcase the work and the concrete results of the pilot actions and to present and share the overall results, follow up plans of the project to a wide audience.
It is foreseen as a three – day event with thematic workshops, a plenary presentation of the work done and an exhibit of the cultural products created by the partners and the participants in the pilot actions (mostly but not exclusively kids in school).
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