We can all observe that tensions and growing divisions are endangering our societies. Hate speech, social media filter bubbles, incitement to antagonise each other based on cultural, social, economic and religious differences have become everyday phenomena. Therefore, finding ways to bring people together is more important than ever.
At the 7th ACT NOW Conference Space for Encounter – Overcoming Division, mayors, young people from all backgrounds and socio-economic groups, community workers, innovative NGOs, renowned researchers and practitioners, social entrepreneurs and urban planners from the Middle East to Northern Europe, will come together to work on how social cohesion and youth participation in wide-ranging decisions can be brought forward at the local level.
The conference takes place at the Brotfabrik in Favoriten, and across the city, but you must apply to attend. Those unable to join us will later be able to watch some high-quality films produced about the ideas of the conference.
Eugene Quinn will contribute a political DJ concept he has developed, of mixing the music of different migrant communities who live around a square in south Vienna, where youths dance to their own beats, and show each other a window into different cultures and creativity.
This conference was born in the wake of the refugee crisis of 2015, with Andre Heller seeking to make useful connections and a contribution to debates around integration, diversity and dialogue. He includes some of the concept of the February meeting in this beautiful and simple film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8inNsNaxn5A&feature=youtu.be