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 12th to 21st September 2019, organized by the Milan Simecka Foundation, and theme of this year will be identities.

The 14th edition of [fjúžn] festival’s main topic of IDENTITIES will be reflected in a multicultural program of exhibitions, discussions, concerts, performance, community events and activities for children. Their goal is to connect people of various cultures and promote awareness of new minorities in Slovakia, as well as topics of migration and multiculturalism.

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 14th 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…

…informal meetings and public discussions about migration and multiculturalism…

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… or play a fun quiz in an international community:)

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 cultural events of our increasingly growing capital. In order to emphasize its main idea – to combine. People, ideas, projects.

2019 PROGRAMME

The programme events are continuously being added here.

THURSDAY 12.9.

Space without a memory, borders and a name – a photography exhibition of a 5th grade student Hoai Nguyen Thi of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava – tackling an idea of being born as a foreigner in own motherland.
18:30 Kalab / Zamocka 5
opening exhibition / in Slovak /  exhibition lasts 12.9. – 4.10. 2019
Facebook event

Gonsofus + United Flavour Soundsystem + Ešli warm-up event – live concert
20:00 KC Dunaj / Nedbalova 3
Concert / 4 € / Tickets
Facebook event

FRIDAY 13.9.

WelcomeToBratislava Quiz Night – fun Trivia Night with questions in English language, great prizes for the winning teams, a welcome drink and a free entry. Registration at info@welcometobratislava.eu.
19:00 Restaurant Parlament / Namestie Alexandra Dubceka 1 (registration from 18:30 – 19:00)
quiz night / in English / free entry
Facebook event

Elektro Hafla – the first Bratislava-based party focused on the vibrant world of club music from the Middle East, Orient and dance world-music.
19:00 Nova Cvernovka / Racianska 78
party / 5 € / Tickets
Facebook event

SATURDAY 14.9.

Festival [fjúžn] at Dobry trh  – understanding the community aspect during the market Dobry trh with rich programme – in the courtyard of the elementary school with kindergarten of Milan Hodža on Podjavorinská Street No. 1, you will be able to meet foreigners living in Slovakia, learn about their traditions and life in Slovakia. You will be able to taste their cuisine and enjoy a pleasant day full of music and relaxation.
10:00 Dobry trh/ Podjavorinskej 1
market / check the accompanying programme in the FB event description
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BaBinec – an event for girls and women of all ages, regardless their origin, skin color, worldview or belief. Registration at komunity@fjuzn.sk.
11:00 Córdoba Cultural Centre / Obchodna 31
girl power event / in Slovak and English /  exhibition lasts 19.4. – 27.4. 2018
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I Don’t Know Who I am Anymore –  a completely unscripted theatre based on your suggestions. Scenes, characters, stories and songs are all created spontaneously, right before your eyes. It means no two shows are ever the same!
19:30 Kalab / Zamocka 5
Improv theatre / in English /  free entry
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Ismar Rivero ft. Maria Juana Son | Anakena – Latino night
20:00 Bohema Bar / Namestie SNP 30
party
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SUNDAY 15.9.

Festival [fjúžn] at Dobry trh  – understanding the community aspect during the market Dobry trh with rich programme – in the courtyard of the elementary school with kindergarten of Milan Hodža on Podjavorinská Street No. 1, you will be able to meet foreigners living in Slovakia, learn about their traditions and life in Slovakia. You will be able to taste their cuisine and enjoy a pleasant day full of music and relaxation.
10:00 Dobry trh / Podjavorinskej 1
market / check the accompanying programme in the FB event description
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Creative workshop for children with Uletenci comic book at Dobry trh – you kids will get to know comic stories of courageous heroes and heroines who were forced to leave their home and look for a new one in Slovakia.
12:00 Dobry trh / Podjavorinskej 1
workshop for children / free entry
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Folklab JAzyk..! – a dance-music performance
19:30 Nova Cvernovka / Racianska 78
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The Fall of the House of Usher – Pjoni & Georgij Bagdasarov live – Slovak experimental musician PJONI and Armenian musician, filmmaker and artist Georgij Bagdarasov will create improvised music for the silent film The Fall of the House of Usher.
20:30 Kino Lumiere / Spitalska 4
movie screening with experimental music
Facebook event

MONDAY 16.9.

A Priest, a Rabbi and an Imam meet – protestant priest Ondrej Prostrednik, liberal rabbi Misha Kapustin and imam M.S.Hasna will talk about better and more sensible society with emphasis on our identities, attitudes and values. The discussion will be moderated by Mario Nicolini.
16:00 Córdoba Cultural Centre / Obchodna 31
Discussion / free entry
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Who (all) are we? – screening and discussion about identities
18:30 Amnesty International / Štefánikova 16
movie screening /  movies in English with English subtitles, discussions in Slovak
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TUESDAY 17.9.

Forum Theatre: Kocúrkovo – the Town of Freedom – eleven actors from different parts of the world meet together on the stage and discuss real stories on the topics of discrimination and oppression in the society.
17:00 Studio Kaplnka / Venturska 3
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Apples & Hrušky: Identities in the context of culture, feminism and psychology
19:00 Cafe Berlinka / Namestie L. Stura 4
Discussion / free entry / in English and Slovak
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Joke’s On You – live English stand up comedy
20:30 Cafe Berlinka / Namestie L. Stura 4
stand up comedy / in English
Facebook event

WEDNESDAY 18.9.

An evening of ads that can change the world – review of important and meaningful advertising campaigns that develop critical thinking, empathy and humanity.
20:00 Nova Cvernovka / Racianska 78
screening / 3 € / Tickets
Facebook event

THURSDAY 19.9.

Clash of Languages 5: Identity – multilingual spoken word art
18:00 Goethe-Institut / Panenska 33
Poetry slam / free entry / in original languages with English subtitles

Koolade | Brenk Sinatra – “I love music” night
20:00 FUGA / Namestie SNP 24
Party / 4 € / Tickets
Facebook event

FRIDAY 20.9.

Bratislava True Stories – personal stories told live
19:30 Satori stage / Mickiewiczova 9
Storytelling / free entry / in English
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Mäss x [fjúžn] w Dinamarca
19:00 Sun Deck / Tyrsovo nabrezie, port Kormoran III
party / 7-9 €
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SATURDAY 21.9.

Japanese craft sake & Music festival – Japanese DJ & tastings
15:00 Matsu premium tea & coffee / Spitalska 51
Sake festival & tasting / free entry, tastings from 5-15 €
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Festival’s official PROGRAM page.

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

Authors: Maria Kecsoova, Zuzana Mytna

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