Leading Dutch festivals involve former refugees in their organization
Three major Dutch festivals involve people who recently fled to the Netherlands as volunteers in their organization: Oerol, Welcome to the Village and Into the Great Wide Open. With this project, New Faces (part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân Cultural Capital of Europe 2018) examines how festivals can best contribute to integration.
The “New Faces” project invites newcomers to volunteer at the festival to get work experience and make new friends. For festivals this is a great opportunity to make their festival more inclusive and interesting. They involve a new group at their festival and bring together people from different backgrounds.
In recent years, many asylum seekers are received in the Netherlands, the majority between the ages of eighteen and thirty. Many of them struggle with an isolated existence and have difficulties to build their new life and find work. Dutch peers generally have little contact with this target group. That is why New Faces works together with Innofest, the University of Groningen and three festivals on this project.
New FACES at ADE GREEN
Amsterdam Dance Event’s GREEN conference presents Six Innovations That Will Change the Event Industry.
Looking for new ways to make your event, festival or business more sustainable?
The world needs smarter, better and more sustainable ways to organise events and festivals. While established organisations are slow to react to changing needs, startups and other innovative entrepreneurs are more able to find solutions.
Innofest provides those bright minds the opportunity to test and validate their innovation and prototype at a festival site. Using visitors, power, water grid and the rest of the festivals infrastructure as a living lab, Innofest facilitates over thirty entrepreneurs each year to pilot their ideas at an actual festival. Specialy for ADE Green Innofest cherry-picked the six most promising startups to present themselves. From waterless urinoirs for females to bio-degradble tents to ways to connect innovative minds, they’re all about meeting real needs in the real world.
Walk in and meet the future.
Toolkit – New FACES at festivals all over Europe
In January 2019, at the prestigious Eurosonic Festival, New FACES will present a toolkit for all festivals in Europe to make it easier to organize this project at your own festival.
Together with the University of Groningen and Innofest, New FACES researches to what extent this project contributes to better integration and how festivals can best organize this.
Stay tuned for updates.
NEW FACES, SHARED DREAMS
New Faces, Shared Dreams is an enormous collective poem, a large-scale visual projection on the side of the building of De Harmonie on the Ruiterskwartier. After Kopenhagen and London, this project by Morten Søndergaard will be presented in Leeuwarden, Cultural Capital of Europe.
This time, the poem is written together with people with a refugee background who recently came to The Netherlands. We have met them this summer at one of the beautiful festivals on the islands or in Leeuwarden. Like so many other young people, they worked there as volunteers.
New Faces, Shared Dreams acts as a window into their wishes, hopes and visions for the future while they are on the move looking for freedom and new chances in life.
NEW FACES AT INNOFEST
A festival as a living laboratory; this is what Innofest offers. Innovators get the space they need to thoroughly test their prototypes at festivals. We are proud to be be able to work with Innofest.
Innofest produced this nice video about New FACES at Oerol.
Welcome to the Village
Welcome to the Village is an annual music festival in Leeuwarden. In 2017 we organised a pilot of this project at the festival. This video report was made by Omrop Fryslan in 2018.