Festival for diversity and against racism (Basel BS)
Description: 'imagine' is a project that champions diversity and stands against discrimination. Each year young people choose a topic (2019 will be about 'stereotyping and prejudice') and organize a variety of meetings, discussions and film viewings around it. All of the events are planned, organized and realized by young people. The highlight is the imagine festival which takes place in June in the heart of Basel city.
Type of Work: The main task will be setting up the whole festival’s infrastructure ahead of the event and then dissembling it afterwards. This includes heavy physical work like lifting gear off the trucks – and then back up again - and setting up metal grids. Smaller work loads are hanging up nets, pitching tents and helping with the decorations. Help will also be needed backstage where helpers prepare food, keep the material in order and take care of the bands. The bands‘ material needs to be moved around too and food will have to be served for visitors at the grill. The jobs will be split into shifts, so there will be ample time to enjoy the festival. Since the festival takes place on the weekend, helping hands will then be needed. Therefore off-days will be taken during the week.
Study Theme: Imagine is about questioning and reducing precudice and raising people’s awareness. This increases mutual respect and understanding and is a good basis for peaceful encounters. During their stay volunteers will have a discussion (about 60‘) on the topic.
Accommodation: You will be hosted by other young people from the project. Mattresses are provided, you ought to bring a sleeping bag though to be on the safe side. Lavatories, showers, washing machines and internet are accessible. During the festival food will be provided on site, other boarding provisions must be agreed on in advance with your hosts.