Share, take action, change. Venice, December 3, 4, 5. SAVE THE DATE

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

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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).
The event will start on Wednesday December 3rd, and will end on Friday December 5th, early afternoon.
The conference will have simultaneous interpretation (Italian-English)
The workshops on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday all day will be in English (basic assistance for Italian speakers); workshops on Friday will be in Italian.

Wednesday, December 3rd

10.00/12.30 – Opening conference

  • Welcome by hosting partners and institutions
  • Presentation of main outcomes of the project
  • Screening of final BEAMS video – Radim Procházka
  • Short overview of the results – Veneto Lavoro
  • Award ceremony of the contest “Stop watching start seeing” open to schools in Veneto
  • Official inauguration of the BEAMS exhibit (The exhibit will remain open until December 18)


14.30 -16.30 SALA VIVALDI

  • Art with a Character: Films and Photographs and the representation of migrants and minorities

14.30 – 16.30 SALA TIZIANO

  • Media and storytelling – making a newspaper (practical workshop for students)

Thursday, December 4th


9.30 – 11.30 SALA VIVALDI

  • Migrant And Minority story telling part one. In Their Own Words: How Migrant Represent Themselves And The “Mainstream”

11.30 – 13.00 SALA VIVALDI

  • Migrant And Minority story telling part two. In Their Own Words: How Migrant Represent Themselves And The “Mainstream”

9.30 – 11.30 SALA TIZIANO

  • Sports and discrimination (pratical workshop for students)

11.30 – 13.00 SALA TIZIANO

  • Culture and Identity (pratical workshop for media expert and educators)


14.30 – 16.30 SALA VIVALDI

  • How to organize BEAMS activities in schools and neighborhoods

14.00 – 15.30 SALA TIZIANO

  • Disassembling prejudices / stereotypes of minority groups in exclusion – gypsies (pratical workshop for students)

15.30 – 17.00 SALA TIZIANO

  • Paths of photojournalism. Words and pictures to explain the diversity and the international social issues (pratical workshop for students)

Friday, December 5TH


9.30 – 12.30 SALA VIVALDI

  • Raccontare l’inclusione nelle città oltre lo stereotipo

9.30 – 12.30 SALA TIZIANO

  • Cose dell’altro mondo – Educare nell’intercultura / Things from Another World – Educate in interculture (pratical workshop for social workers, trainers and educators)

13.00 – End of the event

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