How to talk about fascism at the table
human rights
City (headquarters):
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-10-2021 - 31-03-2023
Project cost:
30 000,00 EUR
30 000,00 EUR
Types of activities:
art activities, educational activities, counteracting hate speechi
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, professionals, local community

In recent years, the arts and culture sector has experienced unprecedented restrictions on artistic freedom and politicisation. Artists are attacked for their work and for promoting diversity or the rights of marginalised groups. Independent institutions do not receive state subsidies for their activities that are not in line with the ruling party line (e.g. the Malta Festival), while state cultural centres, hitherto open and inclusive, have undergone radical reorganisation and management changes (e.g. the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the Museum of the Second World War). These actions are part of a broader strategy of the authorities – a political and media campaign against minorities and the popularisation of radically right-wing attitudes.

As part of the project, the Project Promoter created and disseminated the publication “How to talk about anti-fascism at the common table?”, which is an artistic-activist handbook dedicated to the phenomenon of hate language in public discourse and responding to violent, exclusionary practices and discourses and attempts to limit the right to freedom of conscience and expression. The publication was accompanied by a series of workshops in selected cultural institutions in 5 cities in Poland. The Project Promoter, in collaboration with anti-fascist movements, also conducted a public nationwide art-activist action ‘March of Hospitality’, a grassroots, dispersed festival of pro-migration artistic, activist, educational and social activities. The action took place in November and was intended to promote anti-fascist and anti-violence attitudes as alternative ways of expressing patriotism to the Independence March.

The publication and the workshop were aimed at educators, those working in cultural institutions and artists. These individuals developed their skills in speaking out in public debate, taking socially engaged action and responding to fascism and violence with their art. Anti-fascist and anti-violence themes became more present in cultural institutions. The project also served to integrate the artistic and anti-fascist communities.

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