5th Sabir Festival – Next week in Lecce, Italy

5th Sabir Festival – Next week in Lecce, Italy

Next week SOLIDAR is very glad to be part of the fifth edition of Sabir Festival, from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May. This year’s event will have the same structure as the previous Sabir Festivals, comprising international meetings and training sessions, cultural activities, interactive workshops (music and theatre) and book presentations. All these activities will create a dynamic context attracting local people, Italians and foreigners as well.

More specifically SOLIDAR and its members are going to be directly involved in the following conferences and meetings:

  • 16 May, from 14.30 – 18.00 - Sanctuary city: bottom-up commitment by local receiving communities testing models for  integration in and the transformation of our society, at Palazzo Vescovile, Conference room, Piazza del Duomo, Lecce
  • 16 May, from 16.30 to 18.30 - Round Table Discussion–For an integrated reception: AMID, JUMAMAP, NUMERO VERDE RIFUGIATI, at Ex Reffettorio, Piazza del Duomo, Lecce
  • 16 May, from 17.30 to 18.30 - No civic space, no democracy – SOLIDAR’s mobilisation for the elections, at Ex Convitto Palmieri, Piazzetta Carducci, Lecce
  • 17 May, from 14.30 to 18.00 - Migrants: for migration management beyond the emergency, in a context of respect for human and labour rights, at Ex Convitto Palmieri, Piazzetta Carducci, Lecce
  • 18 May, from 9.30 to 11.30 - Shrinking Space. About the decreasing space for civil society on both sides of the Mediterranean , at Ex Convitto Palmieri, Piazzetta Carducci, Lecce
  • 18 May, from 9.30 to 11.30 - For an assistance policy for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and for a European employment policy with rights for the people in need of help and for men and women workers of this sector, at Palazzo Vescovile, Conference Room, Piazza del Duomo, Lecce.

Together with SOLIDAR network, the Festival will be attended by representatives of civil society from both sides of the Mediterranean and international networks such as Migreurop, EuroMedRights, European Civic Forum, the International Attac network and the Majalat project, enabling us to exchange ideas about the urgent need for a real political, cultural and social alternative in the Mediterranean Basin. We will be questioning some of the pillars promoted by the European institutions and designed to control and criminalise immigration, with complete disregard for human rights and social justice.

The message the network wants to send is clear: we need to mobilise civil society, with all other actors working in the reception and integration of migrants and to stand together against the use of migrants and refugees for political and electoral ends.

SOLIDAR network will bring this message once again to Lecce under our common flag for SOLIDARity.