|Be a Part of the Whole!|
A kiadás helye:
A kiadás éve:
|Állampolgári Részvétel Hete|
|Opening Event (24th September).|
The opening event of the Citizen Participation Week was held on 24th September on Nyugati Square, downtown Budapest. With the involvement of volunteers and passersby, a labyrinth made of styrofoam was built in a collective manner. The idea behind the labyrinth was: “Look for ways to participate, and write a message on the wall for the politicians of the future!” Other spectacular elements displayed on the square were also serving the cause of putting people in the mood for building in a collective way.
(www.magyarhirlap.hu, www.nepszava.hu stb.)
|Closing Event (29th-30th September)|
We have hosted the members of our network, the organizers of the Citizen Participation Week, and 10 Slovakian activists at a closing event held in Kunbábony, where the experiences from the Week were shared, and lectures were given on practical actions, citizen participation, and civic initiatives.
|Szekszárd, 28th September: ‘Free Opinion at a Free Place’|
“The programme started at 2 pm with the Human Oratory and a speech by the deputy mayor. With the involvement of artistic groups from local civil organizations, it went on until 6 pm, with loud music played in the breaks. As a final accord to the event, doves of peace were set free, while the finale of a famous Hungarian musical was sang together with those present on the square. In the meantime, a total number of around 100 questionnaires were filled out, and 3 giant message boards were filled with a total of 180 messages” (for further info and pictures on the event please visit www.arh.blogol.hu and www.tolnainepujsag.hu ).
|Nyíregyháza, 27th September|
“The meeting was organized for those who disagree with the grandiose and extraneous construction projects similar to the one taking place on Jókai Square, and for those who are directly and negatively affected by the latter project.).
|Pécs, 24th September|
A decades’ old tradition was revived in the Mecsek Mountains in the South of Hungary, when civil organizations lit guard fires on the Zengő, Hármas, Misina, Tubes and Jakab hills. Through this action they wanted to raise awareness about the dangers threatening the hills and the power of joining forces.
Similarly to previous years, the Citizen Participation Week discussed issues that were about people and their communities, and not about the constantly and artificially generated usual political and media themes. Local and small regional issues, problems and alternatives were put on the agenda, while the notions of participation and democracy, and the opportunities for active citizenship, involvement and local action were also discussed, with an emphasis on good Hungarian practices.
The results of the survey, further reports, and the entire media coverage will soon be published on www.arh.kozossegfejlesztes.hu
This report written by: Máté Varga, Civil College Foundation