Young journalists living in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany are called to connect, debate and learn over a 2-day online workshop in October.
Another edition of the multicultural festival, "RefuFest" will take place on September 2 in Holešovice Market Hall from 12:00 to 22:00.
RefuFest creates a space for people from all parts of the world to meet and express solidarity with refugees. Through music, dance, theatre and diverse experiences, RefuFest gives visitors the opportunity to get to know other cultures better. The aim of RefuFest is to show that Prague is a cosmopolitan centre where people of different religions and nationalities live together. The festival allows visitors to look beyond the stereotypes circulating in society and enjoy the fullness of what diversity has to offer.
The 25th International Conference of the Mediterranean Studies Association will be held at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University from 31 May to 3 June 2023, with a total of 20 sessions, some of which are devoted to Arab culture, especially literature, and inter-ethnic relations in the Mediterranean (see the attached preliminary program: www.mediterraneanstudies.org). The conference will include an opening cultural event with the participation of His Excellency, the Greek Ambassador. The aim of the conference is to link experts from different universities in Europe, Asia, and the USA, and establish new collaborations.
The fourteenth edition of the Nad Prahou half-moon festival is here, and with it this year's program is full of theatre, literature, music and dance, meetings with interesting guests. It will mainly belong to women; authors, actresses, directors, creators, intellectuals, journalists, heroines..
We live in dizzying times. Women's voices are growing stronger around the world. Women are yearning for equality, freedom, love, life in peace and safety, joyful creation, respect, and understanding. Let's hear these voices! We will inflect women and femininity in different forms. Through songs or graceful dance movements, plays and staged readings by authors from Syria and Iran, we can find them in contemporary Emirati short stories. In short, five unusual festival days full of original, attractive and maximally lively programs await you.
We look forward to meeting you!
Lucie Němečková, director of the festival
The Institute of International Relations is organising the last event of this year's holidays - a summer cinema with a debate. After the screening of the film ThuleTuvalu, there will be a debate with Mats Braun, Rebeka Hengalová and Tomáš Jungwirth Březovský moderated by Nikola Adamovská.
The event is coorganized by Anna Lindh Foundation Czech Republic, Europeum, AMO and Promitej i Ty.
- Democracy and community development
- Human rights
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
Our organizations was founded 2010 by migrants living in the Czech Republic with the purpose to promote and develop mutual adaptation and communication between migrants, and host society and promoting a healthy, harmonious and filled life at the international, national, community, family and individual level. Within 3 years of it's existence AMIGA became a renown NGO active on community, national and international level. It's organizational structure consists of the chairperson, execultive board and members. All members of our organization work on voluntary basis. Budgetary resources per year: vary from 6000 to 60000 euro. Sources of funding: membership fees, City of Prague, EU Commission. Main partners: Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in teh Czech Republic (AMIGA is a member from 2014), InBáze, People in Need, Business and Professional Women Association, Migrant Women Club “Cennejsší než perla”, House of National Minorities, Integration Center Prague, Foreigners Integration Centers Plzen and Pardubice, EURAXXESS Czech Republic, INEX-SDA. International organizations: member of European Migration Network, Medecins du Monde - Doctors of the World, European Network to Reduce Vulnerabilities in Health.
Our mission is to promote and develop mutual adaptation and communication between migrants, and host society and promoting a healthy, harmonious and filled life at the international, national, community, family and individual level. Objectives: - strengthening of rights of migrants in the Czech Republic including areas of social security, education, labor market and health care - development of skills, competencies, leadership and participation in community and political life among migrants - creation of optimal conditions for effective adaptation and integration of migrants in the host society through education - joining migrant and Czech majority together for common fight with stereotypes, finding and solving of common challenges
1. Project on involvement of migrants from third countries into volunteering activities in local volunteer and community centers as a tool for integration and empowerment (innovative approach for the Czech Republic). As a result migrant volunteers founded the handicraft studio and started organizing workshops and lectures on topic of their expertise for other migrant women. Our young volunteers founded an informal group and started their own projects on education, connection and mutual help of foreign and Czech students (dialog clubs, workshops, informational meeting, education support and psychological help). 2. Series of educational and psychological trainings for migrants and 3-months course on psychological self-help for migrant women “Pilgrimage to yourself“. 3. International project “All together on labour market” – education of migrants in the field of Czech legislation (AMIGA is a partner from non-governmental sector) 4. EACEA EU project “Active citizens combating youth unemployment-JOBNET” – research on best practices in the field of youth unemployment in the Czech Republic and 5 other countries in EU. 5. Erasmus+ project PRONET - youth social enterpreneurship hub (AMIGA was a coordinator, partners froom Germany, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia).
Sharing our key strategies: -own “know-how’s ” (involvement of migrants into volunteering in local volunteer and community centers as a tool for integration, empowerment and inter-generational and inter-cultural dialogue and mutual support), -wide involvement of migrants in the planning and management on all stages of all activities in our organization as well as into activities of the umbrella prganization of Czech NGOs - the Consortium of MIgrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic and other national and international networks -intensive collaboration with local and community NGO’s and community representatives and authorities -active distribution of information about all activities for migrants available in the Czech Republic using social media and presentations, -recruiting of migrants for participation in different social and education programs organized by other NGOs and Czech state and community institutions
To be a part of international community, to strengthen our coutry capacities and to support efforts of organizations and groups from other countries.
The next edition of the festival of Arabic culture, the so-called ARABFEST, is about to start, the 13th edition in a mini edition with the subtitle Láska/ LOVE/ alHub 2.0, from 24th to 27th May 2023 in Pilsen.
We will be happy to see you at our events, which we are lovingly preparing for you again this year:
Wednesday 24/5 20:00, Anděl Music Bar (Bezručova 7)
Facebook event ArabFILMfest: Blue Kaftan (2022)
Thursday 25/5 18:00, Kulturka ZČU (Sedláčkova 19)
Facebook event Arab Love Poetry: the image of the poet and his time
Saturday 27/5 10:00-13:00, Anděl station & bistro (back yard, Bezručova 5)
Facebook event Brunch in Arabic 2.0
More information can also be found on our website and social media.
ARABFEST, the time of love. The 12th annual Festival of Arab Culture will be held in the spirit of love.
Full programme is available here:
Sex and the Citadel: Shereen El Feki in conversation with Nina Farova
"If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms". For more than a decade, author and activist Shereen El Feki has been doing just that, exploring connections between sexuality and politics and economics, religion and culture, across the Middle East and North Africa. Join Shereen and Nina as they discuss Shereen's book, "Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World" and open a window on this largely hidden aspect of Arab societies…
This event will be held in English and will be streamed online on the ArabFest YouTube Chanel.
you are cordially invited to the 14th year of the Festival of Arab Culture – so-called ARABFEST!
This year's theme is SPORT in the context of the Middle East.
You can look forward to a panel discussion, a tasting of Arabic cuisine, a film screening and sports activities.
There will also be Great Saturday program and ORIENTAL STREET FOOD MARKET with activities for the whole family.
The main program: 11-14 April 2024 in Pilsen.
The festival events will be soon found on our website www.arabfest.cz/en/program.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival!
See full list of our partners here: www.arabfest.cz/en/partneri.
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- Democracy and community development
- Human rights
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
NGO ARAFBEST is a voluntary-based organisation. Currently, there are 20 members of our team; most of them are students or graduates of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Our main project is the annual Festival of Arab Culture. Our budget is modest (around 12, 000 Euro per year). The main sponsor and partner of our activities is the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (80% of the whole budget); in addition, we regularly receive financial support from some Arab embassies based in Prague and from some private firms. We have a strong network of local partners (e.g. Insaan, Czech-Arab Association, Oriental publishing house Dar Ibn Rushd). We have great relations with the Lebanese festival Beirut Animated, too.
NGO ARABFEST promotes the culture of The Middle East, the culture of the
Arab world. By organising different cultural events, we want to
emphasize the fact that Arab culture has a lot to offer. We want to give
a chance for everyone who comes to the events organised by us to form his
or her own opinion on the Arab world with more detailed information,
with (at least a bit) of personal experience. To show that the media
picture is sometimes just a one-sided view. The main aim is to develop
intercultural dialogue not only among different academic fields, but
also among the wider public.
The main activity of NGO ARABFEST is organising the annual Festival of
Arab Culture. The festival usually takes place in Spring in the cities of Pilsen
and Prague. Our team has been preparing the festival every year for
12 years and made it one of the most important cultural events in the
region and the biggest Arab culture-related event in the Czech Republic.
The festival program offers concerts, lectures by Czech and foreign
experts, debates, dance performances, exhibitions, workshops,
competitions, food tastings and much more – all tied to the culture of
the Middle East.
We also organise smaller-scale events, e.g. movie screenings and
discussions, and we take part in organising various exhibition projects
during the year.
We do our work very well. Well, as it is not an occupation for any member of our NGO, it is clear that we fulfill the goals of our organisation just with passion. But the outcomes of the activities, and the feedback from experts and the general public, also show that we do it well. Over the past twelve years we have learned how to organise the event, how to promote it, and how to cooperate; we know our field of study, and we know the Arab world from different perspectives. We can contribute to the ALF Network in the Czech Republic with our experience, share our practices, and broaden the range of activities and kinds of events the Network promotes. We gladly will. Last, but not least, we are definitely a reliable partner.
All of our team share the opinion that being a member of the ALF Network
can bring us only advantages. We could meet new partners, start new
cooperations and new projects. We can get feedback "from outside", from
much more experienced organisations. We would like to be more active
also abroad, to promote our activities in an international context.
Although we do have contacts all around the Arab world with different
organisations, galleries and individuals, we would like to strengthen
our international network. And definitely, we have to and want to get
better at what we are doing. By joining the ALF Network, without any
doubts we can do so.