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[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 Slovakia. It is held annually in Bratislava and in 2016 it celebrated its 11th anniversary.
The festival’s aim is to bring together people of diverse cultures, to raise awareness about new minorities in Slovakia, to present the life of foreigners and sensitize the issues of migration and multiculturalism.
In the early years, the festival was called the Week of New Minorities. Initially it was a chamber music event, which continuously grew, until it became a small city festival, which is now a regular spring cultural event of Slovakia´s capital. Its vision is to combine - people, ideas, projects. During the festival variety of activities for different target groups are organized: concerts, workshops, discussions, performances, movies, market, exhibitions, etc.
In 2016, the theme of the festival was motion - as a synonym of migration, movement as a reflection of a constantly changing world.
Beneficiaries of the project:
General public, students, minorities and migrants living in Slovakia, refugees
Milan Simecka Foundation is one of the oldest NGOs in Slovakia. Since its establishment in 1991, it has been focusing on human rights education, capacity building of democratic institutions and minority issues. Currently, major areas of work include multicultural education, Roma issues and Holocaust research and education.
What people say
„Bratislava has always been a multicultural city. Among the Slovak tows, it is probably the most tolerant one. However, it does not mean that the life of minorities and foreigners is without problems. I think that one of the biggest problems of minorities is their invisibility... As if we lose empathy, solidarity and cohesion and attitudes of our society towards minorities are more and more negative. To change this, we need to speak about minorities, but also, speak with them.”
Laco Oravec, Programme Director