North meets South & Embargo Festival - Slovakia

Presentation of the program

North meets South & Embargo Festival

Banská Bystrica (Slovakia), 8-11 December 2017

The first transnational activity brought together 60 young participants from Poland, Germany, Italy, Serbia and Slovakia to Záhrada centre, in the snow-covered town of Banská Bystrica, to discuss together topics like inclusion, intercultural dialogue, boundaries and freedom of thought, speech and expression.

Each group had the chance to present the results of their previous local research on Euroscepticism and the current challenges faced by Europeans, in their own creative way: an artistic performance was the chosen medium for the very talented Serbian group, a thought provoking presentation on the use of propaganda in the media was offered by the Germans, while the Slovak hosts delighted the audience with a short history of the political ups and downs of their region, the young Polish participants made good use of statistics and pictures to present the results of their survey and our Italian girls chose to put up an interactive photo exhibition to challenge the concepts of stereotypes and prejudice.

Taking part in the many events of the Embargo Festival and in the workshops organized by the team of Záhrada, the whole group had the opportunity to meet, discuss, consider different points of view on many challenging topics and discover more about Slovakia, as well as all the other represented countries and cultures.

Patrik Krebs' workshop

Program of the international meeting "North meets south":


  • Arrival of participants

  • Opening & introduction

  • Jaro Viňarský & Marek Menšík: Animalinside


  • Local groups work together! - questioning and discussion
    Combining the presentation of effects of local works with discussions

  • Teambuilding, appreciating & respecting others

  • Workshop: Intercultural dialogue (Andrea Aušperger)
    Basic knowledge of intercultural differences and intercultural communication aspects (with focus on intercultural dialogue for dealing with current challenges of multicultural societies, mainly in Western Europe, and future challenges for Central and Eastern Europe). Intercultural-dialogue approaches that we can then use in our local communities.

  • Panel discussion: Culture, Religion, Society and Otherness


  • Workshop with Patrik Krebs (founder and manager of the Theater of homeless)

  • Art Walk – Genius Locci | walk through the town
    Places, meetings, art and entertainment in the eyes of the trail. Communities, culture and life in town. Main Square, Museum SNP, Barbakan, The Vila of Dominik
    Skutecký, Urban Spot, Literary Bašta, Artforum

  • Fortress EUROPE: „Shot“ crossing the borders (1993-2017) happening on International Day of Human Rights in public space
    Concept and realization: Adam Engler & Milan Zvada + discussion on EU policy on Immigration and Asylum

  • Andrej Bán: Migration in Photography | presentation & discussion: The slovak journalist and photographer, known for his socially engaged approach to local as well as global issues. He has spent time around refugees on their way - his work is a documentary of the times and a memento of humanity.

 Happening about migrants

December 7–14, 2017
FESTIVAL of human rights, tolerance and mutual understanding

Theatre, film, discussions, art exhibitions, human library and other events can be enjoyed at the fourth edition of EMBARGO | METROPOLIS festival 2017. This year’s topic is migration and urban integration, which runs parallel to the project activities of Promised Lands – Metropolis supported by the Creative Europe program of the EU. The mission of a week-long festival is to create conditions for intercultural dialogue, local community development, fight against stereotypes, prejudice and misconceptions about certain people – both local and remote. The festival is also concerned about the topic of propaganda and representation of reality in media. It is a lighthouse on an island of positive deviation, which is trying to navigate the society towards solidarity, understanding among cultures and global education.

more info: Záhrada - Centrum nezávislej kultúry