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FJUZN – FESTIVAL OF MINORITIES

Come to a multicultural festival where you can connect with people of various cultures, learn about the history, origin, customs and current situation of minorities in Slovakia’s society. Join different workshops, public discussions, enjoy various concerts, exhibitions and listen to life journeys of interesting people. All this and more is offered by this multi-genre event that will be held in Bratislava from 21st to 28th April 2017, organized by the Milan Simecka Foundation, and theme of this year will be integration.

Migration and integration are very much connected. Discussions have been running on topics related to not/accepting migrants and refugees, if so from which countries or how many is just enough. A much smaller attention, however, is devoted to their life in Slovakia. What are the prerequisites for a successful integration of migrants into a society? What can the country do for foreigners in order to make them feel at home here? Can integration avoid cultural conflicts and intolerance? This year the [fjuzn] festival will focus on the life of migrants in our country.

WHAT IS FJUZN?

[fjuzn] is a festival of new minorities that offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience life and culture of foreigners living in Slovakia. The title [fjuzn] is a phonetic transcription of ‘fusion’, a term which stands for a mix of different music styles or for adding Asian spices to European meals.

[fjuzn] is the most exotic multicultural festival in our country. It is held annually in Bratislava and this year we celebrate its 12th anniversary.

WHY JOIN FJUZN?

The festival’s aim is to connect people of various cultures which is done through many ways. You can taste different meals or admire people dressed in their traditional costumes.

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Many people’s stories are presented to visitors in the form of photos and videos.

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Concerts of various themes are held during the whole week.

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You can join film screenings or creative workshops…

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…informal meetings and public discussions about migration and multiculturalism.

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And a rich program is always prepared for kids as well :)

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In the early years when the festival took place it was called Week of New Minorities. Initially it was a chamber music event which grew each year until it became a small city festival, which is now one of the regular spring cultural events of our increasingly growing capital. In order to emphasize its main idea – to combine. People, ideas, projects.

2017 PROGRAM

THURSDAY 20.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava – opening ceremony
19:00 Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

FRIDAY 21.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

Theater X10 & Studio Rote (CZ)
19:00 Ifjú Szivek Táncszínház / Mostová 8
theater / 5 € /in Czech language
Facebook event

Cuban night
21:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
party / 7 €
Facebook event

SATURDAY 22.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

[fjuzn] zone at the Good market – Dobrý trh
10:00 – 17:00 Jakubovo Square
outdoor community event/ free entrance
Facebook event

Apples & Hrušky III – Integration & Slovak society
19:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
presentation + discussion / free entrance
Facebook event

Jokes on you
20:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
stand-up in English / 5 €
Facebook event

Aiwa (FR/IQ) – a French band that mixes Iraqi rhytms with electronics, female vocals and Arabic rap
21:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
concert / 5 €
Facebook event

SUNDAY 23.4.

Sunday [fjuzn]  Parade
11:00 – 17:00 Stará tržnica / Námestie SNP 25
community event / free entrance
Facebook event

In the footsteps of multiculturalism in Bratislava
14:00 Stará tržnica / Námestie SNP 25
city tour in Slovak language/ free entrance
Facebook event

Internationals Bratislava Opens Up
15:00 – 19:00 Internationals Bratislava / Námestie SNP 22
workshops in English & Slovak / free entrance
Facebook event

For humanity (children’s choir superare)
18:00 Church of the Poor Clares (Kostol Klarisiek) / Klarisiek ulica 5
ecumenical event / free entrance
Facebook event

MONDAY 24.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

How Slovak families help the refugees
18:00 Dom Quo Vadis / Hurbanovo Square
discussion/ free entrance
Facebook event

TUESDAY 25.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštová 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

Welcome to Slovakia
19:00 Open Gallery / Baštová 5
workshop in English / free entrance
Facebook event

Evening with movie aliens
20:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
presentation / 4 €
Facebook event

WEDNESDAY 26.4.

[BRaKfast] Assaf Alassaf (DE/SYR)
09:00 Goethe Institute / Panenská 33
presentation / free entrance
Facebook event

Babel
15:00 – 18:00 Átrium Filozofickej fakulty UK / Gondova 2
community event / free entrance

[PechaKucha Night] vol. 37 – [fjúžn] Edition
20:20 Cafe Berlinka in SNG / Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4
presentation / 5 €
Facebook event

THURSDAY 27.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

Lars Norén: Chlad (Chill)
10:00 Theater Lab / Svoradova 4
theater / free entrance

How expats do business in Slovakia
18:00 Cafe Lab / Námestie SNP 25
discussion / free entrance

[Literature Club] Muhammad Šukrí: Dry Bread
19:00 FUGA / Námestie SNP 24
presentation / free entrance

Staying Alive (Public in Private / Jasna L. Vinovrski, HR/DE)
20:00 A4 /Karpatská 2
dance / 5 €

Flako aka Natureboy (DE/CHL)
21:00 FUGA / Námestie SNP 24
concert, party / 7 €
Facebook event

Internationals Bratislava Mustache Party
22:00 The Club / Rybné námestie 1
party / 6 € + discounts for students
Facebook event

FRIDAY 28.4.

I am IN – photo portraits of 10 migrants living in Bratislava
all day / Open Gallery / Baštova 5
exhibition / free entrance
Facebook event

[Creative Mornings Bratislava] Zuzana Števulová & Mohammed Azim Farhadi
08:30 Slovak National Theater / Pribinova 17
discussion / free entrance

[Kalab club] Integration games
18:00 Kalab  / Zámocká 5
workshop / free entrance

Heroes’ Studio: White dogs and black cats (CZ)
19:00 Slovak National Theater – new building / Pribinova 8
theater / 15 €
Facebook event

NOHA (Noise Of Human Art)
21:00 KC Dunaj~ / Nedbalova 3
concert, party / 12 €
Facebook event

SATURDAY 29.4.

Interactive dialogue about violence in the world
17:00 Church of the Poor Clares (Kostol Klarisiek) / Klarisiek ulica 5
discussion / free entrance
Facebook event

A multicolor show
22:00 Red Cat Cabaret Club / Obchodná 17
cabaret / 20 €

Festival’s official PROGRAM page.

NOTE: All photos featured in this article are from festivals from previous years. Source – [fjuzn]’s FB page.

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