ECMI initiates discussion on effective participation in Latvia

The ECMI organises a seminar and a youth workshop on 1 July-3 July in Daugavpils. Minority participation, empowerment, Intercultural cooperation, and stereotypes are the topics of the two events.

In the frame of the Minorities Summer Festival taking place on 1 July-3 July in Daugavpils, the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites minority representatives and everyone interested to participate in the seminar “Minority participation and empowerment: intercultural cooperation for stability and conflict prevention”.

With the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Embassy in Riga, and the Latvian Ministry of Culture, the ECMI will organise the seminar on Friday, 1st July, in Daugavpils, Latvia.

The seminar aims to raise awareness among minority representatives of the various ways in which participation is possible and start a discussion about Latvia-specific approaches. The seminar is open to all individuals interested in discussing minority political participation. The Lecture and introduction to the discussion will be held in English and interpretations into Latvian and Russian will be available for the participants.

Programme of the seminar

12:00-13:15 – Dr. Andreea Cârstocea (ECMI Senior Research Associate), will provide the participants with an overview of concepts and approaches to effective political participation in the first part of the seminar.

13:30-15:00 – The second half of the event will contain a round table discussion, moderated by Dr. Marina Andeva (Docent at the University American College Skopje, and Founder of the Center for Research, Cross-border Cooperation and Development in Macedonia), in which the Latvian perspective on opportunities for minority participation and empowerment will be discussed by the participants.

The seminar will take place at the University of Daugavpils (Parādes iela 1A, Room 130, Daugavpils, Latvia) on 01 July 2016.

Youth Workshop “Breaking the Stereotypes”

In addition to the seminar, the ECMI team will also organise a youth workshop in cooperation with the European Movement in Latvia. The workshop aims to engage young people in a discussion of stereotypes and to sensitize them for the effects that their individual actions can have. It applies the theatre of the oppressed method, which is a very experience and activity based technique, and will be wrapped up by an intensive debriefing phase. 60 young people from all over Latvia will participate in this workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Culture Centre Daugavpils (Dobeles iela 30, Daugavpils, Latvia) on 02 July 2016.

In order to participate in the event, please send an email to our team at by 29 June 2016.

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