ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence is a non profit organisation that was established in 1993. ANTIGONE’s main offices are located in Thessaloniki with its branch in Athens. ANTIGONE develops activities on anti-racism and non-discrimination, human rights, social ecology, peace and non violent conflict resolution.
The aim of the organisation is the promotion of equal opportunities for all without any discrimination -e.g. on the basis of sex, race, national origin, social/economic/educational status, disability, age, religion etc. Through its activities that are based on solidarity and active participation, ANTIGONE targets to awareness raising and sensitisation of the society on issues of non discrimination, human rights, ecology, non violence and interculturality.
Reflective Expressive Artistic Learning (REAL) is a partnership project with a focus on the exchange of good practice. REAL will explore the experiences of learning disabled young people in the creative sector and reflect on inclusive practice, bringing best practice to the fore and raising the aspirations of young disabled artists so that they are more able to compete in the mainstream.
Throughout the project we will explore the concept of quality in learning disability arts, what this is and how it impacts on the experiences of young learning disabled people.
How do we identify, attain and maintain quality in the creative process when working with learning disabled young people?
How important is quality and how does it help improve participation and inclusion?
Through practical explorations of the work of partner organisations and initiating conversations between partners we will:
• explore the concept of quality in creative work by/for young learning disabled people.
• explore process or product – where does the quality begin?
• explore the process and value of critical thinking.
• learn new methods of evaluation, self evaluation and critical thinking that are accessible and meaningful.
• recognise the importance of quality work with/for young learning disabled people and raise the aspiration of young learning disabled people, thus enabling young learning disabled people to develop critical thinking skills which will enable them to make good choices about their future.
Learning Teaching Training Events will run alongside the explorations in order for youth workers to look at the reflection/ evaluation/ critical skills techniques used. These activities will take place in each partner country and will target youth workers, disability workers and those working in the arts and disability, from within the partner organisations. Sixteen places will be available for these LTT activities in each partner country who will work together with staff and groups of up to 15 learning disabled young people.
Through a combination of transnational workshops, conversations, learning events, online discussion and evaluation of ongoing activity within partner organisations the project will explore current approaches, experiences and models, investigate what is important and what isn't, explore what works and what doesn't and find ways to communicate that to the current conversations taking place regarding quality, inclusion and learning disability in the arts. More specifically the project will:
- enable young learning disabled people to be more active both within the partner organisations and within their communities.
- enable young learning disabled people to learn the importance of quality in their work so they are more able to compete within the mainstream.
- develop the confidence and self-esteem of young learning disabled people, increase their motivation and understanding of what they can achieve.
- challenge preconceptions of learning disabled young people and raise their profile, showing what can be achieved and providing a positive role model to others.
- provide platforms for the work of young learning disability artists.
- create new opportunities for the participating organisations to expand their current programme of work for young people.
- create new opportunities for both learners and staff through the learning of new skills and working practices.
- enable participating organisations and those working within those organisations to progress within their field.
- improve language and communication skills of learners and staff involved in the project.
- develop a greater awareness of the role disadvantaged people can play in the social, economic and cultural life of their communities.
- contribute to the current national debates on quality and learning disability in the arts.
- bring a European perspective to the current debates on quality and learning disability in the arts.
- raise the profile of the use of the arts as a tool for change.
- develop a stronger European arts and disability community working for the benefits of learning disabled people and in the current and longer term, add value to the existing debates on quality and learning disability in the arts.
The project partners are:
* Headway Arts (project coordinators) - from the UK
* Ad Astra - from Poland
* Antigone - from Greece
* Jaunuoliu dienos centras (JCD) - from Lithuania
* Vo'Arte - from Portugal
The 18-month project will run between 1st September 2018 and 29th February 2020 and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
#The Route of Solidarity (TROS) – MANIFESTO
During the last year, under ‘The Route of Solidarity (TROS)’ project, volunteers, activists and human rights defenders, coming from Greece, Italy, Spain and Croatia met in Lesbos, Thessaloniki, Ceuta, Seville, Palermo, Rome, Zagreb and Pula, witnessing directly the situation at the European borders, exchanging practices and experiences of solidarity, as well as discussing European migration policies.
From the work of these meetings a document was drafted, addressing the EU Policy Makers
to rearrange the priorities of their agenda focusing on the respect, the defence and the guarantee of human rights for every human being.
The main points discussed in this MANIFESTO are:
- Stop the deaths in the Mediterranean sea, the violence at the borders and along the routes
- Stop the criminalization of solidarity
- Counteract hate speech by enforcing a positive narrative of coexistence
- Eliminate hotspots, make homes
- Stop deportations and illegal push backs
This is a calling for a change of the European migration policies in a way that will respect the fundamental European values in view of the next European election in May!
If you want to join us, you just have:
-to send the name of your organization (& optional your logo)
until the Wednesday 13th of March!!!
You are free to spread & disseminate further the MANIFESTO to other organisations!
Thank you for your support!
The TROS team of ANTIGONE
National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM)
8η Συνάντηση Συμμαχίας / 8th Coalition Meeting
Συμπερίληψη & Εκπαίδευση στην Ελλάδα: διέξοδος ή αδιέξοδος?
Integration & Education in Greece: way-out or dead-end?
10.30 - 12.30
Εργαστήριο για τη διαχείριση της αντιπαράθεσης & την πολυ-πολιτισμικότητα
Workshop on the management of controversy and multi-culturality in education
12.30 - 12.45
διάλειμμα για καφέ / coffee-break
12.45 - 14.00
Ανοιχτή συζήτηση για την συμπερίληψη & την εκπαίδευση στην Ελλάδα & Λέσβο,
-στοιχεία από Εθνική Έκθεση ΝIEM της ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΗΣ-
Open discussion for Integration & Education in Greece & Lesvos,
-data from NIEM National Report of ANTIGONE-
Σάββατο, 2 Μαρτίου 2019/ Saturday, 2 March 2019
10:00 – 14:30
ΜΟSAIK, Σαπφούς 9 / Sapfous 9
Μυτιλήνη, Λέσβος / Mytilene, Lesvos
Edited by Nassos Theodoridis
“ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence” organised the 17th National Round Table against discriminations, an institution that is successfully held for the last seventeen years. The round table was also the 7th National Coalition Meeting of the ‘National Integration and Evaluation Mechanism (ΝΙΕΜ)’ Project.
The meeting’s subject was: "The issue of refugees' access into the Greek educational system”. The First Section addressed the theoretical approach and the design of national policy for the refugees’ integration via education, while the Second Section focused on the identification of positive and negative aspects in the procedure and in the content of refugees’ integration via education. At the end of every Section, a dialogue was held, with questions and statements.
The event was held on Monday 17th December 2018, at 17.30 pm, in the ESHEA room (Akadimias 20 str., 3rd floor).
The speakers of the Meeting were the following: Mr. George Tsimouris, Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Panteion University & Vice President of Academic CR, Mrs. Marina Nikolova, Assistant Researcher at ELIAMEP and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Peloponnese, Department of Social and Educational Policy, Mrs. Aggeliki Aroni, Head of the Department for the Coordination and Monitoring of Refugee Education of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Konstantinos Papachristos, Dr. of Intercultural Education in EKPA - Coordinator of the Educational Project at the Regional Directorate of Education in Attica, Mr. Pavlos Charamis, vice-president of the Institute of Educational Policy, Mr. Yonus Mohamedi, president of the Greek Forum for the Refugees, Mrs. Elena Papageorgiou, lessons’ coordinator of the Immigrants’ Sunday School, Mrs. Eleni Zografaki, Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Secondary Education Officers. The vice president of ANTIGONE and ex -MEP Mr. Michalis Tremopoulos addressed a salutation.
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National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (ΝΙΕΜ)
6th Νational Coalition Meeting, Greece
ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence has had the chance to organize the 6th Greek Coalition Meeting in the context of the European Program ‘National Integration Evaluation Mechanism’ (ΝΙΕΜ) on Saturday the 20th of October 2018 in Thessaloniki.
In accordance to the NIEM coalition lines, ANTIGONE invited local, as well as regional stakeholders from the field of social integration of the beneficiaries of international protection. What is more, activists and volunteers active on both Greece and other European countries (Spain, Italy, Kroatia and Germany) were invited and, thus, participated in the discussion, contributing their valuable point of view.
More particular, the discussion began with a presentation of the NIEM program, its scope and pertaining activities in Greece as well as other partners’ European countries. It then carried on with a presentation of the Select Respect network, which was formed in 2014, comprising several NGO and initiatives active in human rights in the city of Thessaloniki as well as Northern Greece. Its goal is implementing common actions regarding the defense of Human Rights, conducting awareness-raising activities and provide a mutual support to its member organizations. The Select Respect network was therefore presented as a good practice of networking for social integration to the participants of the 6th Coalition Meeting. It also provided the basis for the rich and vivid open discussion that followed afterwards -under the title ‘Networking 4 Integration’- which raised questions of effective networking among organisations and stakeholders on the integration field in local, national as well as European level.
ANTIGONE would like to thank all those who contributed with their views, arguments and experiences to the content of the 6th Coalition meeting. We would also like to invite you to next Coalition meeting, that will be held in Athens, on the 17th of December 2018.
The Route Of Solidarity (T.R.O.S.): Citizens pathways toward an inclusive Europe
ANTIGONE is proud to announce the 6th European meeting, under the “Route of Solidarity (T.R.O.S.): Citizens pathways toward an inclusive Europe” program, that will be held in Thessaloniki from October 17th until October 23rd.
Activists, volunteers and staff working in NGOs from Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Greece will meet with the aim to inform and discuss the refugees question, to share experiences and good practices and to work on a network of active citizens towards the inclusion of migrants and refugees.
The participants will have chance to attend and actively participate in discussions, presentations and workshops regarding the various aspects of the refugee issue. Most of the activities included in the program will be organized in collaboration with key actors – organizations, entities and professionals – who have been working with and for the refugees during the past few years in Thessaloniki.
APDHA_Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia (SP), www.apdha.org,
UPP_Un Ponte Per…(IT), https://www.unponteper.it
PANK_ Platforma Aktivnih Nezavisnih Kreativaca (PANK) (CRO)
ANTIGONE - Information and Documentation Center on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence, http://www.antigone.gr/gr/
Cross the Borders
This youth exchange supports the professional development of youth workers through the implementation of activities including transnational / international seminars, training courses, contact-making events, study visits and job observation periods in organizations active in the youth field. Project aims to share best practices among youth workers in the field of youth migrants and empower social workers with abilities to better manage stress in work situation.
Youth workers from the participant countries working on refugee youth integration issues.
2/04/2018 – 01/06/2019
The team of ANTIGONE participated in the last meeting of Get Start! project which took place in Lecce from 7 to 11 of May 2018. The team, besides staff members and volunteers of ANTIGONE, was composed of representatives of Faros tou Kosmou, Omnes and Ethos. In addition, the presence of a Refugees' Education Councilor was essential. For five days the team visited various structures, met other professionals and got informed about useful practices in the field of the refugees flows.
“ANTIGONE would like to thank Heimatstern e.V. for the important donation the latter have made.
Once again Heimatstern e.V. provided a solution in a period and field where the challenges are getting more and more daily.
Τhe team of ANTIGONE is grateful for the support and wish to Heimatstern to continue all the essential work.
The 20th of June, World Refugees day, 6 refugees integration projects co-financed y the Creative Europe programme join their forces organizing 13 events in 7 cities. The events and related projects actively involve refugees and migrants in the cultural production promoting cultural integration, co-creation, collaboration and professional development of artists with refugees and migrant background. The events will be streamed live on facebook and share on this channel as well as project's facebook page.
Title of the event: One Pac and Fellows in concert
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location and venue: Ceuta, central square [ES]
Description: Ceuta is a Spanish city in the Moroccan territory. Every day thousands of migrants try to jump the fences surrounding the city. In Ceuta there are two reception centres hosting around 900 migrants waiting for the asylum or to be transferred to the peninsula. Birane Amar Wane is a Senegalese singer and composer arrived in Spain one year ago and he’s the promoter with the Sevillan drummer José Gómez Romero of One Pac and fellows music project. They will travel to Ceuta to organize a music workshop with the migrant and perform together for the whole population of the city, migrants and local residents. Organized by Marmaduke in cooperation of Elin Association.
Title of the event: Hanin Group in concert [D]
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 8pm - 10pm
Location and venue: Berlin, Werkstatt der kulturen
Description: Haneen Choir in Berlin was founded in 2017 and is a female singing group which performs tradition Syrian folk songs. It is a branch of the Haneen Cultural Forum that was founded in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on the 22nd of February 2015 on the initiative of Raja Banout. The Forum is a group of forcibly displaced Syrian women who have decided to face the pain and suffering of war with intellectual and cultural empowerment. The project aims to provide its participants with support as well as preserve the Syrian heritage. The songs are performed in different languages of the Syrian ethnic components including Arabic, Kurdish, Turkmen, Syriac, Armenian, Circassian and Assyrian. Organized by Werkstatt der kulturen.
Title of the event: Belgian Soundroutes band in concert
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 8pm - 10pm
Location and venue: Gent, DOK Gent, Splitsing Koopvaardijlaan en Afrikalaan, 9000 Gent [BE]
Description: Starting from September 2017 in the framework of the Soundroutes project the association VZW De Vergunning organized a cycle of Jam Sessions involving migrants and local musicians. Through the Jam Sessions a selection has been made in order to form a the Belgian Soundroutes band with migrants and local musicians. The band is composed by:
Shalan Alhamwy (violin), Sangar Suhail (vocals), Jamal Moussaid (drums, bass), Robbe Kieckens (percussion), Jonas de Rave keys
Title of the event: Afrobeat social laboratory for Sandroutes
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 9.30 PM
Location and venue: Bologna, Chiostro Arena del Sole [IT]
Description: The Afrobeat social laboratory is a music initiative led by the jazz musician Guglielmo Pagnozzi. It consists in a weekly music session, taking place the Sunday in the Locomotiv club of Bologna. It is a jam session open to everyone is willing to culturally and musically exchange with others. The collaboration with the Soundroutes project increased a lot the participation of migrants to the laboratory, many of them coming from reception centres. Professional musicians with migrant background such are Reda Zine (Morocco) , Seydu Kyenu, (Burkina Faso) , Karismatique Mande (Cote d’Ivoire), Kalifa Kone (Mali), Moulaye Niang (Senegal) Ibrahim Drabo (Burkina Faso) will perform together with the participants of the Afrobeat Social. More than 30 musicians in the stage for an explosive repertoire including Fela Kuti songs, traditional music from the participant’s countries of origin and original composition made during the laboratory.
Organized by Bologna Jazz Festival in cooperation with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione in the framework of the “Right to the City” Festival “ which is part of the project Atlas of Transition project funded by Creative Europe program (2017, cooperation projects).
Title of the event: Arab Jam Song
Dates and time: Thursday 21st June, 4pm
Location and venue: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin
On the occasion of this year's Fête de la Musique, and only one day after the United Nations-proclaimed World Refugee Day: WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN presents a "Best of" of the two highly successful concert series ARAB SONG JAM and ARAB SONG JAM GOES MAGHREB - led by Wassim Mukdad (Damascus/Syria) and Alaa Zouiten (Casablanca/Morocco), the curators of the two series.
Since quite some time ARAB SONG JAM and ARAB SONG JAM GOES MAGHREB have become highlights of the regular concert program at WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN. Their format is based on the Black American jazz jam sessions established since the 1940s: The first set is played by a regular trio or quartet of musicians, while during the second set others musicians can enter the stage to present one or more pieces of music.
Those jazz jam sessions are based on the "Real Book" of jazz standards that evolved in the American jazz tradition. Similarly our series are based on the widely known standards of Arab song, as established and developed by the great singers of the 20th century Arab vocal tradition, such as Cairo's Oum Kalthoum and Mohammed Abdul Wahab or Beirut's Fairuz. with a liberal addition of traditional pieces from all over the Arab speaking world.
Title of the event: Refugees Day public event
Dates and time: 20.06, 6.30pm
Location and venue: Teatro India, lungo Tevere Gasman 1, Rome. [IT]
Description: Un Ponte per… contributes, with a Soundroutes Jam Session, to a wider event consisting in various performances involving refgees and migrants organized by the Interchange Library Service and Rome Theatres Foundation. The event aims at building new narrative on migration and gathers local associations working with refugees such are Refugees Welcome, Medu, project’s Humilitas – Casa Scalabrini, Gustamundo, Liberi Nantes, Baobab Experience with an african dressed parade, Matemusik’s concert and the musical group of MaTeMù/Cies. The event will be closed by the theatre drama, Kassandra, directed by Alessandra Cutolo.
Title of the event: Simo Lagnawi in concert
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 8pm - 10pm
Location and venue: Edge of the Wedge (The Wedgewood Rooms) 147b Albert Road, Portsmouth PO14 0JW [UK]
Join us for a special evening with Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in the UK, Simo Lagnawi. Simo endeavours to spread understanding of the sacred Gnawa tradition, and to introduce his own movements of Gnawa fusion to wider audiences. So, why not let Simo and his friends transport you to Morocco for an enthralling evening of world music. PLUS, special guests The People's Lounge. Simo comes to Portsmouth as part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project and Portsmouth Festivities Refugee Week celebrations.
Title of the event: Suspended, In Search of Light by Arabella Dorman - Launch Event
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June, 6.30pm - 8pm
Location and venue: Leicester Cathedral, 2 Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ [UK]
Description: To mark World Refugee Day, ArtReach through Journeys 2018, and Leicester Cathedral are delighted to be hosting Arabella Dorman's Suspended in the nave of the Cathedral. Composed of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees upon their arrival on the island of Lesbos, a stilled explosion will be created, inviting the viewer to contemplate the violent fragmentation experienced by the inhabitants of the garments. The Launch Event will feature live music and a welcome from Leicester Cathedral's Dean, David Monteith, and the artist, Arabella Dorman.
Title of the event: MIGRATE: an exhibition by Unicef NextGEN
Dates and time: 18th - 23rd June, 9am - 5pm
Location and venue: Light Box, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE [UK]
As part of the ArtReach led Journeys 2018 project, MIGRATE presents new photography exploring global migration by eight international photographers: Alice Aedy • Cyrus Mahboubian • Ellie Kealey • Jack Harries • Tom Skipp • Rhiannon Adam • Vassilis Mathioudakis • Wolf James. Despite its staggering scale, living in the UK we are largely detached from the ongoing refugee crisis that has swept across continental Europe. This exhibition hopes to encourage dialogue and raise more awareness of the crisis among British people.
Title of the event: Journeys 2018 Queer Café Takeover
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June 2018, 8pm - 9:30pm
Location: HOME, Café Bar, 2, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, [UK]
Description: ArtReach through Journeys 2018 have teamed up with Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) to bring you an evening celebrating diversity and the rights of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, through live music from young Eritrean singer Neda Naser, great art, craft activities and a quiz.
Facebook page where the event will be streamed: @JourneysFest (https://en-gb.facebook.com/JourneysFest/)
Title of the event: Training Seminar
Dates and time: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Location: Acta community Theatre, Bristol
As our contribution to World Refugee Day on 20th June 20118, acta is going global, with a seminar and workshop sharing learning about our work with refugees with 10 students from the USA; disseminating the work of the REACT project (Refugee Engagement and integration through Community Theatre) through the Fulbright Summer Institute with University of Bristol. The 3 hour training and dissemination will include:
- how acta co-creates theatre with refugees and migrant communities in Bristol, including Somali, Sudanese, Eritrean participants.
- the work created in UK, Netherlands and Sicily during the two-year Creative Europe -funded project - REACT Refugee Engagement & Integration through Community Theatre, culminating in the REACT festival in March 2018, and using film of workshops and performances by refugees, taken during the two year project
There will then be a practical theatre workshop, to provide an introduction to the fun and gentle methodologies used by acta facilitators, which sit at the heart of acta's artistic process of co-creating theatre with marginalised groups.
Title of the event: Shared Stories
Dates and time, 20.06.2018, 17.00 - 20.00
Location and venue, in Gdansk, Poland, venue to be confirmed
Shared Stories is arranged by the Arteria Asociation in Gdansk as part of the Shared History project and will be based on storytelling. The first part of the event will be a storytelling workshop for a group of women, both immigrant women and those representing Poland as the receiving society. During the workshop they will share stories of their lives. Using various storytelling methods they will present these histories to each other. The second part of the event will be documentation of this process as short interviews - recorded as photos, films and text. The workshop itself will be an ethnographic research which results will be later described in a short summary.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sharedhistoryproject/
Title of the event: Shared History, art exhibition
Dates and time, May 5 - August 19 2018,
(during the week of this joint communication: June 21: 11-19, June 22: 11-16, June 23-24: 11-17.)
Location and venue, Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, Stockholm, Sweden
Shared History is a project that brings together newly arrived and established artists in the Baltic Sea Region to explore critical methods of narration and co-creation in a time of polarised discussions about history and identity. Shared History is a cross-disciplinary project with the goal of critically connecting and artistically interpreting the different reactions on the refugee situation that is strongly affecting, shaping and dividing the European Union. By creating a space for creative and critical dialogue for writers and thinkers Shared History aims to investigate history and narrative as a process for participation and interpretation, rather than a fixed set of facts. The exhibition at Färgfabriken is one of three exhibitions created within the project, showcasing works produced during months of collaboration between artists that were paired together to create new works springing from the concept of Shared History. The artists have focused on themes like inclusion and isolation; privilege and responsibility; how pressure affects individuals; the feeling of belonging and integration in relation to nature.
Title of the event: GODS – Theatre Performance
Dates and time: Saturday 23rd of June 2018
Location: Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw
Humans live in the Imaginary order. Most aspects of social life rely on our belief in things that, in fact, are not there; we make decisions believing that there will be a future, very often a future dependent on factors not existing in the real world (for example, we take on a loan believing that in 20 years we will be able to keep paying back interest). It is the belief in the Imaginary that most distinguishes humans from other animals and helps create narrations which, among other things, cause the human to declare himself “god” in relation to other beings or people. In a multi-cultural group of amateur performers and people involved in art, we confront the topic of faith as a factor organising our lives. We consider how our belief in the free market, universal justice, a world without borders, sustainable development, or Poland being the Christ of Nations impacts our daily choices and our functioning in the world. We draw from the group's members’ direct experiences – their perceptions of postcolonial relations and their religious beliefs. We confront our beliefs with superstitions, stereotypes, and the foibles of those beliefs. In other words, we attempt to shed light on the largest difference between the human species and other animals. The performance involves a group of 70 participants - between them - group of 40 actors-amateurs (refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and Polish), 20 musicians (also amateurs and professionals - Polish and with the migrant background) and 10 videomakers (the composicion of the group is also mixed)