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the platform


Judit Hajdu. Hungarian psychotherapist living in Scotland. Interested in the narratives of people, marginalised or in authority, living ‘everyday’ or ‘exciting’ lives, including prisoners who are always left out of most lists.

Gigi Guizado.  Bilingual American actor, literary translator, poet working in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London. Feminism, mental health, and cultural diversity are themes in her work.

Nikolett Pataki. Hungarian expat living in the UK. A curious mind with some background in sociology and psychology. Experienced in charity work and research.

Attila Budaházi. Edinburgh based dramaturg, theatre director, story shaper. Works with hidden connections and stories behind the real world, beneath the surface, parallel realities, dreamscape, multiverse, time travel, and butterfly effect.

Rita Sebestyén. Has lived in Romania, Hungary, Denmark and the UK. Works with object-based storytelling, modelling sustainable societies, and community creation.

photo: Zoltán Sylvester

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YOU ARE WELCOME – guidebook

YOU ARE WELCOME is a Europe for Citizens project (Networks of Towns) which arose from the recognition of the risks posed by the rise of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination in Europe. The project brings together eleven partners from eight countries in Europe committed to supporting migrant and refugee integration, community development and promoting evidence–based policymaking in the area of migration. The project’s aim is to deconstruct the process of the stigmatisation of migrants, help communities involved overcome stereotypes and develop counter narratives for more accurate perceptions of migrants and refugees in the participating countries. 

This guidebook summarises the more than two-year long work of the international partners:

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You Are Welcome final report

The project «YOU ARE WELCOME: European Network for Integration of Refugees at Local Level and Combating Hate Speech» was funded with the support of the European Union under the Programme

“Europe for Citizens”Applicable to the Strand 2 – Measure 2.2 “Networks of Towns”

Four events have been carried out within this project:

Event 1

Participation: The event involved 122 citizens, including 84 participants from Dresden (Germany), 10 participants from Prague (Czech Republic), 4 participants from Helsingor (Denmark), 15 participants from Thessaloniki (Greece), 2 participants from Budapest (Hungary), 1 participant from Kriva Palanka (Northern Macedonia), 2 participants from Bratislava (Slovakia) and 4 participants from Oldham (United Kingdom).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Dresden, Germany, from 7/04/2017-10/04/2017.

Short description: The aim of the event was to bring for the first time all the representatives of all partners together and discuss the aims, activities & methods, outputs and expected outcomes of the project as well as to invite citizens from Dresden and third-country nationals and introduce them the project. The activities aimed to encourage native citizens from Dresden, international participants and third-country nationals that live in Dresden to interact with each other culturally and socially in the first public event under the title “Voices & Images of a New Land” at Johannstädter Kulturtreff. The event included the following activities: i) art exhibition “Fragments of Memories” with artworks by artists from Germany, Syria and Bulgaria, ii) concert “Orient meets Occident” -duet of an Ukrainian piano player and a Syrian oud player, iii) screenings of the short films“Voices & Images of a New Land” and“My Right is Your Right” produced byJKPeV, iv) documentary film screening“Dresden Refuge” produced by Europa Transit, v) round-table discussion on migration, stereotypes against refugees and migrants and how to tackle HateSpeech.

Event 2

Participation: The event involved 324 citizens, including 11 participants from Dresden (Germany), 2 participants from Prague (Czech Republic), 2 participants from Helsingor (Denmark), 218 participants from Thessaloniki (Greece), 3 participants from Budapest (Hungary), 81 participants from Kumanovo (NorthernMacedonia), 2 participants from Bratislava (Slovakia) and 5 participants from Oldham (UnitedKingdom).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 24/11/2017 to 27/11/2017 at the Museum of the Roman Forum.

Short description: The aim of the 2nd transnational event was to raise awareness about the
YOU ARE WELCOME project and the migration issue. The transnational workshop and lecture “Otherness Dialogue” was facilitated by Dr. Rita Julia Sebestyen from Otherness project. A presentationbytheorganizingpartnerfromThessaloniki,AddArtwasgivenabouttheirlocalart workshop where Greek pupils and refugee children worked with comic artists and in the end, they created their Super Hero illustrated by the Greek comic artists. A study-visit to the refugee centre ARSIS that takes care of unaccompanied minors who are asylum seekers. Activities: i) photo exhibition “Dreaming of a New Life” by the Iranian photographer and film director Morteza Jafari that documented the arrival of refugees and migrants to the Aegean islands, ii) illustration exhibition “Human Right – Human Wrong”, where comic artists and illustrators from Greece displayed their work which reflected the topic of Human Rights, iii) postcard campaign against Hate Speech under the title “Human Right – Human Wrong”, the postcards are illustrated by the same artists of the exhibition and convey Human Rights messages, – the postcards were distributed to all the guests and the guests then were asked to send these postcards to their friends and relatives from their countries in order to achieve a bigger impact, iv) the female vocal group Pleiadesperformed melodies from different regions and countries all over the world about migration, v) screening of the documentary film “School on the Move” – a documentary film about involving refugee children that live in a refugeecampinGreecetobeinvolvedinananimationfilmandlearnaboutanimationfilms,vi) screening of short animation films about Human Rights by TAF (Thessaloniki Animation Festival).

Event 3

Participation: The event involved 230 citizens, including 8 participants from Dresden (Germany), 8 participants from Prague (Czech Republic), 12 participants from Helsingor (Denmark), 8 participants from Thessaloniki (Greece), 133 participants from Budapest (Hungary),8 participant from Kumanovo(NorthernMacedonia),51 participants from Bratislava (Slovakia) and 2 participants from Oldham (UnitedKingdom).

Location / Dates: The event took place at Patyolat in Budapest, Hungary from 23/05/2018to 26/05/2018.

Short description: The aim of the event was to follow up on the current progress of the project and to assess the impact made with regard to the project objectives such as combatting migrant stigmatisation and Hate Speech. During the event the project partners discussed the current sociopolitical situation in Hungary and the state’s migration and integration policies. The Amnesty International Hungary gave a presentation on the current, and past, refugee & migrant situation in Hungary. A study-visit to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee was held, iv) Meeting a refugee from Afghanistan living in Budapest for the last 9 years, v) Lecture on the history of migration in Hungary and its past and present attitudes towards migrants and refugees by by Prof. Michael Miller from the Central European University, vi) Study-visit to Aurora, a social community space, vii) presentation by the refugee organisation Menedék about their work with refugees. The public event took place at Patyolat in Budapest, Hungary (25th of May 2018) which included the following activities: i) short video about a local theatre workshop organized by Glaser Jakab Foundation – the organizer of the public event in Budapest , ii) screening of a short video about theIdomeni Refugee Camp produced by AddArt NGO from Thessaloniki, iii) music concert by Kardos Dani Duo, iv) Mickey Yonas: I’m Angelina Jolie, a physical theatre performance questioning societal ideas and viewpoints by a theatre group from Israel, v) screening of the Hungarian film “TheCitizen”.

Event 4

Participation: The event involved 230 citizens, including 8 participants from Dresden (Germany), 8 participants from Prague (Czech Republic), 12 participants from Helsingor (Denmark), 8 participants from Thessaloniki (Greece), 133 participants from Budapest (Hungary),8 participants from Kumanovo (NorthernMacedonia), 51 participants from Bratislava (Slovakia) and 2 participants from Oldham (UnitedKingdom).

Location / Dates: The event took place in Dresden, Germany from 16/11/2018 to 19/11/2018.

Short description:

The aim of the event was to summarise and evaluate what the project partners have done so far and present the Guidebook which includes information about the migration and integration policies of the project partners, best practices to involve third- country nationals and native citizens through local art workshops and events and the local campaigns against Hate-Speech. The 4th transnational meeting and final event included the “NO HATE Film Festival” at Museum Technische Sammlungen in Dresden, Germany (16- 18 November 2018) which included the following activities: i) choir Dresdner Kneipenchor that sang songs from all over the world and act locally in Dresden, ii) introductory documentary film: “Waiting for the Summer‘s Return” directed by Barbara Lubich, iii) 9 Documentary film screenings which are about conflicts or wars witnessed by 9 different European cities; the documentary films were directed by Xuban Intxausti, v) „Street Stories“ photo exhibition by a Syrian and Palestinian photographer which document the daily life of refugees in 2 refugee camps in Lebanon, vi) Travelling exhibition- “PLEASE OPEN! Crates of Knowledge” which is about the qualities and qualifications that refugees bring with them, vii) WELCOME short film screenings produced by the project partners, vii) 3 workshops: 1) storytelling workshop, 2) Hate-speech online, 3) Zine workshop, viii) Round-table discussion about the rise of populism in Europe and the division between the countries of the EU, ix) Solo dance performance “Mirror” about identity by the Ivorian performer Jean-PaulMehansio.


refugee integration lab 2018

“Creativity in Human Rights and Solidarity”

Thessaloniki: 1-9 July 2018.

Refugee Integration LAB (RL) arose from identification of the dangers of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination arising in Europe, and brings together 9 countries and 10 partners committed to work on Human Rights, Refugee and Integration projects. RL is all about improving the existing non-formal education methods and finding new ways of communicating a message to refugees (and similar vulnerable groups of people) in an inclusive and approaching way with regards to: integration into society, racism, equality, human rights, solidarity, minority groups, cultural indifferences, differences based on religion, membership of particular ethnic groups, gender equality etc. With RL we want to “give additional tools and ideas to other organizations so they can strengthen their work with refugees and help them to get on their way of integration in the new surroundings”. 

Othernessproject was represented by Ayse Tolunay and Simon Fern.

1) AddArt – Thessaloniki, Greece (Organizer)

2) Seiklejate Vennaskond – Tartu, Estonia (2 participants)

3) Institute for Cultural Relations Policy – Budapest, Hungary (2 participants)

4) With the power of humanity Foundation – Pecs, Hungary (2 participants)

5) ÖJAB – Österreichische Jungarbeiterbewegung – Vienna, Austria (3 participants)

6) Stichting CAAT Projects – Utrecht, Holland (3 participants)

7) Comune di Cinisello Balsamo – Cinisello Balsamo, Italy (3 participants)

8) Othernessproject – Helsingør, Denmark (2 participants)

9) Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. – Dresden, Germany (3 participants) 

10) loveLife Generation – London, UK (2 participants).

Main aims:

  • Empower organizations and project managers to convey various purpose messages to refugees and similar groups of people in an appealing way;
  • Indirectly aid and improve the refugee integration process;
  • Insert creativity as a focal point when using non-formal education methods and their work with specific target groups such as refugees- Provide a first-hand experience of the situation in the refugee camps to the participants;
  • Give participating organisations new funding tools and ideas for achieving their goals;

  • Enable and facilitate Networking between organisations working with refugees and human rights.
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language united 2018

Language United / contact-making event (June 2018 – Thessaloniki – Greece). 

‘Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue.’

Language United was running from 17th to 21st June 2018 arose from identification of dangers of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination in Europe with participation of 10 partners from 10 countries. 

Language United / contact-making event (June 2018 – Thessaloniki – Greece):
Language United was running from 17th to 21st June 2018 arose from identification of dangers of xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination in Europe with participation of 10 partners from 10 countries.

Othernessproject was represented by Ayse Tolunay and Arash Setodeh.

Partner organisations:

1.Arbeit und Leben (Germany) (Lead organiser): Education for democracy/organising projects and seminars,

2. AddArt (Greece): since 2014 – collective of 30 members,

3. International Public Association“Education Without Borders” (Belarus): training courses since 2003 

4. Multi Kulti Collective (Bulgaria): collective cooking workshops,

5. Othernessproject (Denmark),

6. Pirkanmaan Sininauha ry (Finland) : loneliness projects,

7. Madiba Società Cooperativa Sociale (Italy),

8. ZAVOD NEFIKS (Slovenia): Language clubs and Erasmus projects,

9. Léo Lagrange Centre Est (France): Education and workshops against discrimination/working with kids and teenagers,

10. Reconciliation Consulting Group (UK).

–  Two different workshops discovering the use of language and how we can work around its idea as means of communication and national identity, 
– A storytelling workshop and language game. The aim was how communication can go beyond the borders of language,
– Brainstorming ideas about the grand project of language united: 2 international meetings (2 events +1 final meeting) + 1 kickoff meeting. There is also an expectation of a making a handbook to bring awareness.

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urbanartventures 2017

UrbanArtVentures II took place in Volos, Greece, from the 12th-21 th of September 2017. The project is a collaboration between Jugend & Kulturprojekt e. V. (Germany), Urban Act (Greece) and thirty participants – street artists, youth workers and art educators from Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain. The UrbanArtVentures II project aims to use street art as a method and learning tool in youth work in European and community projects and to engage young people with fewer opportunities to participate actively in the civil society and be decision makers. The main theme this year was the refugee crisis and the importance of promoting values such as solidarity, understanding, respect to “otherness” and peaceful co-existence.



Project coordinator Myrto Elena Pertsinidi.

Pictures by Olga Yocheva.

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spread the word 2017

Training course on PR and dissemination: an EU-project led by Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. in Dresden, between 9-16 October.

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Stine Ebbesen represented othernessproject.

Project Coordinator: Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi.

Training leader: Dimitra Zervaki.


  • Values of persevrance, consistency, accountability, playfulness and discretion,
  • Team Canvas Activity,
  • Open Badges and the BADU Strategic Partnership Project which aims to validate youth workers’ competences and skills,
  • Motivating a team, talking in front of an audience, spreading efficiently the information,
  • Defining key terms such as: “Communication Strategy”, “Project Dissemination”, “Project Visibility”, “Project Exploitation”, “Marketing” and “Brand”,
  • Design Thinking Process,
  • “Pitch like a Mastic Tree” method,
  • Project Story Blueprint.

Photos by Olga Yocheva.

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you are welcome 2017/2018

YOU ARE WELCOME is a collaborative project of 13 partner organisations which endeavours to connect new arrivals, third country nationals residing and native citizens. The aim of WELCOME is to deconstruct the process of migrants’ stigmatization, help communities involved overcome stereotypes and develop counter narratives for more accurate perceptions of migrants and refugees stemming in participating countries, especially in the UK, Central Europe and countries along the Balkan-route.

The project is supported by:

Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation 2.2: Network of Towns

YOU ARE WELCOME: European Network for Integration of Refugees at Local Level and Combating Hate Speech

start date: 01/03/2017 – end date: 31/12/2018


1)  Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V., Dresden (DE) – Lead partner

2)  Municipality of Dresden (DE)

3)  Memorare Pacem e.V., Dresden (DE)

4)  Glaser Jakab Foundation, Budapest (HU)

5)  Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Oldham (UK)

6)  Othernessproject, Helsingor (DK)

7)  Civil Centre for Sustainable Development – EGRI, Kriva Palanka (MK)

8)  Institute for Regional Development, o.p.s., Prague (CZ)

9)  AddArt NGO, Thessaloniki (GR)

10) Municipality of Thessaloniki (GR)


In English:

På dansk:

1st TRANSNATIONAL MEETING: April 2017, Dresden

Talks and presentations by:

Christian Bart, representative of the Municipality of Dresden

Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi, coordinator of the project

Sarah Haubold

Marie Neumann, student of Sociology

Felix Müller 

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creativelab 2016

Training course organized by Jugend- & Kulturpoject e.V. (Germany), in cooperation with othernessproject (Denmark), Creativity Platform & YET (Greece), CESIE (Italy), Stowarzyszenie Moje Marzenia Spełniają Się MMS (Poland), Stichting Caracola (the Netehrlands), Biznosova (Serbia), Kulturno Izobraževalno Društvo Pina (Slovenia) and GoEurope (Spain), subsidized by the EU.

Time: April-September 2016:

  1. Dresden and Berlin – training and study visits;
  2. Thessaloniki – training and study visits;
  3. Dresden – reflections, further planning.
  • creating a platform of experiences, best practices and knowledge of entrepreneurial and social innovation activities;
  • understanding the structural differences between Dresden, Berlin and Thessaloniki concerning the environment for startup ventures;
  • developing entrepreneurial attitude and practical skills;
  • fostering intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • developing an international network of creative entrepreneurs.

From othernessproject: Pil Josefine Nielsen and Rita Sebestyén.

Project coordinator: Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi

Representative of the orgnizer: Stefan Kiehne

  1. session: Dresden/Berlin, Germany – 29.03 – 06.04.2016

Trainers: Peter Schmiedgen and Toni Kiel.

Facilitator: Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi.

  • innovative businesses that solve social problems;
  • creative and co-working spaces based in former
    abandoned buildings
  • cross-sectoral cooperation.

2. session: Thessaloniki, Greece – 10.06 – 17.06.2016

Trainer: Dimitra Zevraki

Facilitators: Olympia Datsi & Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi.

Project development:

  • marketing research and strategy
  • design thinking
  • customer development and management
  • communication with partners and establishing an international network
  • using social & traditional media
  • product and service development.

3. session: Dresden, Germany

  • fundraising and pitching
  • creating an international network
  • final presentation of the results of the work
  • evaluation of the meeting.

Main topics: Entrepreneurship, Creative Economy & CCIs, social innovation, urban development, cross-sectoral cooperation.