Suggested Activities

 

Want to join the European Action Week Against Racism by organising a campaign activity? This year, UNITED has six suggested activities that your organisation can easily and cheaply organise to mark the action week. We have prepared some ideas on what to do in the following list:

 

Want to join the European Action Week Against Racism by organising a campaign activity? This year, UNITED has six suggested activities that your organisation can easily and cheaply organise to mark the action week. We have prepared some ideas on what to do in the following list:

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An Intercultural Dinner is a nice and tasty way to get to know different cultures and cuisines. You can organise a Potluck event, in which everyone brings a dish that means something special to them, perhaps together with a story of where the dish comes from. Or you can organise a dinner focusing on food from one specific culture or country – cooking together provides a great way to get to know others across cultural boundaries, as well as get new recipe ideas!

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“Music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix. It unites us and gives us strength, and offers a vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society. Racism seeks only to divide and weaken us.” (Love Music Hate Racism)
Music brings people together. With an intercultural music event, the options are endless: you could consider booking artists from minority backgrounds to showcase their talent, or organise a jam session bringing people from different cultures together to make music. Or, if your strength lies more in spoken word, why not organise a anti-racism poetry slam where people can express their feelings, share their experiences and heal together.
To get you started, we have compiled a list of antiracist songs for you.

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Board games are popular around the world, and a great way to break the ice over some friendly competition. Ask your local board game café if they would be willing to host an intercultural board game night with interesting games from around the world, or ask people to bring a game of their own. Or why not gather a group of people from diverse backgrounds and create an Intercultural Quiz Night – a good way to test your knowledge about other cultures and learn something new about each other on the way.

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Sporting events are a great way to meet people, and can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities. Charity runs may be the most popular, but feel free to think outside the box – anything that encourages people to come together counts! Engaging in a challenging Ultimate Frisbee tournament or relaxing with some mini-golf doesn’t require you to speak each other’s language. After all, there are over 800 sports around the world – you’ll be sure to find one that fits you.

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Thematic walks are tours that focus on a certain theme that is often overlooked in day-to-day life, and are usually,  led by one or more members of a certain group. For example, in recent years European cities have seen city tours spring up that are run by supporting organizations and given by homeless people. These tours are designed to offer perspectives into the lives and experiences of the people who run them. The exact theme of your walk can be modified to suit your particular location – it could be a walk detailing the Muslim, Roma, or Jewish history of a town, or a tour looking at the most important places and experiences of a newly arrived refugee. Afterwards, a relaxing picnic or cup of tea makes sure that the conversations continue and the interesting things brought up during the walk can be discussed and shared.

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Originally thought of by a group of young activists in Copenhagen, and since becoming a world-wide phenomenon, Human Libraries are an innovative approach to creating conversations with people and challenging stereotypes. In a Human Library, the books are real people, all with different stories which you can browse, and the reading itself is a conversation. “Librarians” (event organisers) help facilitate the reading. If you are interested in creating a human library, read more here.

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Want to do something different to mark the Action Week? Educational events, discussion groups, human libraries or something completely different? No problem! You can find loads of best practice examples from previous years’ campaigns at this link.