SABIR festival: Gathering for Mediterranean Culture in Siracuse

For a third year in a row, SOLIDAR’s Italian member ARCI in cooperation with ACLI and Caritas Italy are organising the Sabir Festival in Siracuse on 11 to 13 May 2017. The Sabir festival will be held with the support of the Siracuse municipality within the framework of the many activities organised to celebrate the city’s 2750th anniversary.

This year’s Sabir festival will focus on two main themes: the relationship between international cooperation and migrations flows; and unaccompanied foreign minors. The first topic will address the multiple relations – often instrumental and contradictory – between the international cooperation arena and the immigration services in countries of origin and transit. In view of the significant number of migrant and refugee arrivals recorded over the past years in Italy, the latter will emphasise the considerable presence of unaccompanied foreign minors in the reception facilities around Siracuse.

Participants will have the chance to be actively involved in high-quality seminars and workshops, international meetings and cultural events. The international meetings will be based on public debates in which civil society will present proposals of concrete actions to the European institutions and Member State representatives. It will be a great opportunity to discuss the migration-international cooperation relationship and the externalisation of border controls. The Sabir festival will also give room to organisations and networks to find synergies and opportunities for cooperation on common initiatives and campaigns at the international level.

As was the case during the previous editions of the festival, the local community, young people and migrants living in Siracuse will participate in workshops held at local schools and will animate the city at night with concerts, theatre plays and other cultural events.

SOLIDAR supports and congratulates ARCI and all the co-organisers on such a comprehensive initiative to engage civil society and European institutions to identify a common approach and solutions to the current refugee crisis.


More information can be found here.

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