World Refugees Day - social campaign

Warsaw, 7 June 2018

 

 

On 20 June, the World Refugee Day established by the UN General Assembly in 2000, is celebrated to raise awareness of problems faced by people forced to leave their home countries as a result of wars, humanitarian crises or political persecution.

 

In connection with the increasing xenophobia and more and more frequent racist attacks, the symbolic meaning of this day is gaining all the more importance in Poland. Cultural, educational and governmental institutions should set the tone for a public debate and promote democratic values: respect for diversity, care for human dignity, empathy and civic responsibility. This is why, besides real help provided to refugees, artistic and educational projects supporting solidarity and tolerance become equally important.

 

Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, along with the Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation and the University of Warsaw Centre of Migration Research, has initiated activities related to the three-year European project "Atlas of Transitions. New geographies for a cross-cultural Europe", conducted for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and solidarity with refugees, as well as in order to combat prejudice. We are aware, however, that the work of individual institutions is not enough. A broad initiative of different entities promoting a change of individual social attitudes is necessary.

 

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, we encourage you to hang out the international refugee flag, designed by Yara Said, an artist of Syrian origin, on the building of your institution. The orange flag with a black stripe, metaphorically referring to the life jacket, is a symbol of solidarity with all those who are forced to flee from their home countries and risk an exhausting journey in search of security. As a society, over the years, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, we experienced the fate of refugees too. At that time, many nations sympathised with us and demonstrated empathy by welcoming us to their communities. Therefore, we should not close ourselves to multiculturalism or be afraid of tolerance for otherness. If you decide to perform that symbolic gesture, we will give you a ready-made flag.



Respectfully,
the management team of Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw

 

 

 

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