Sabirfest, October 2018

Hello it’s Jan here. This month I had the pleasure to take part in Sabir Fest. It’s an annual festival taking place in Messina, Catania and Reggio di Calabria.

It focuses on promoting the common culture of Mediterranean and strengthening the connection of civil societies from opposing shores of the sea. This is how Gianluca Solera, one of the founders of the festival explains it in his recent blog.

“A group of activists from the Mediterranean region, known under the name of Maydan, has been hosted there over the last five years to hold dialogues and debates on the challenges of the region, with special focus on the status of #democracy, freedoms and rights, intercultural dialogue, international #solidarity, ecological transition and human mobility.”

Within the community gathered around the festival, the spirit of international solidarity and awareness of our interconnectedness above the administrational borders is really strong. I take a lot of inspiration and motivation from it. I was happy to share the experience with Janusz. He took pictures not only during the festival but also joined important protests in Riace.

We met many experienced activists, some of them I already knew from the previous edition of the festival .

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