Festival of national, ethnic and religious minorities in Lublin. It is a unique opportunity to get to know cultures and traditions, to “touch and taste” them. Held in May each year, it has been organised by the Cultural Education team of the Cultural Centre in Lublin in a joint effort with Lublin minorities since 2008.
June 20th is the World Refugee Day celebrated throughout the world each year, established by the United Nations General Assembly on 4 December 2000 to commemorate the strength and courage of refugees all over the world. In Lublin, the celebration of the World Refugee Day has been organised for a couple of years now by the Volunteer Centre: in 2013 and 2014, the Multicultural Outdoor Events “Together and Close to Each Other”were held in front of the Andersen Theatre and at the Amphitheatre in the Saxon Garden. In 2015, the celebration of the World Refugee Day is scheduled to take place for 16 June in collaboration with Lublin institutions and organisations involved in activities in support of the foreigner community in Lublin, including the City Office of Lublin.
European Action Week Against Racism
Fifty years ago, on 21 March 1960, in Sharpeville, South Africa, the police shot dead 69 protesters who participated in a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws”. The UN National Assembly proclaimed March 21st the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, calling upon the international community not only to commemorate the Sharperville tragedy, but also to take joint measures to eliminate racism and racial discrimination irrespective of where such phenomena arise.
Since 1993, the European UNITED for Intercultural Action network has been organising the European-wide Action Week Against Racism, aimed to promote the ideas of diversity, tolerance and equality. Currently, more than 100,000 people from all over Europe engage in the initiative each year. In 2015, on the occasion of actions conducted under the Communication for Integration (C4i) project, Lublin organisations and institutions have prepared special events marking the Week Against Racism. The following participants have joined in:
Lublin Municipal Office
Lublin Pearls Association
Dla Ziemi Association
T.E.A.M. Teatrikon Foundation
Hieronim Łopaciński Municipal Library in Lublin
and organised events including: “Football is for Everyone” friendly match at the Arena Lublin stadium; joint painting of a mural; Global Village; library lessons for children dedicated to the subject of tolerance.