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Civil Voices Festival Begins!

Last Update 25.07.2019

4th Civil Voices Festival, will be organized between 20 and 21 September 2019 in Istanbul and bunching together rights-based organizations and activists from Turkey and the world. 

This year, together with CSO representatives, we will be discussing the changes created by the civil society. We will evaluate civil society’s contribution to the planet, country and society, to art and science, to current and future generations, to women and young people, to the ones who are up against the wall and to the ones who have nowhere to go… We are going to explore the potential of civil society for our future...

Through Civil Society ... 

We are all emerging from adversity. Uncertainties caused by local and global politics, increase in micro and macro violence, economic crises and wars following those crises, diminishing public services, unpredictable consequences of technological advances, the evidence of climate change day by day, great immigration flaws and even more problems of the same set constitute a real concern for us all over the world.
Meanwhile, civil society gets together everywhere to find a remedy along with everybody who cares, reveals and lives through the adversity.
This assembling has no conventional borders as the state and the market; in this sense it is realm of freedom and has flawless dynamism. Today, civil society perpetually moving and it is impossible to limit this motion. Everyday new contacts are being made, old relationships are being broken down, evolved and altered. This dynamism creates new areas and new actions for citizens to express themselves.
Civil society builds spaces for citizens, where the troubles and solutions of today can be socialized. In a modern community, this is one of the vital opportunities that we possess. Therefore, Civil Voices Festival, call everyone to discuss the answers of civil society for three basic issue of the modern society: Participation, Wellbeing and Aesthetic.
 
Civil Society for Participation
 
The associations occurring in civil society undertakes the load of life but also all colors of life. Civil society is a place where few and many, short and long, big and small, white and yellow, blue and black meets equally. Each and every contribution has a social value but not dominating the other. Perhaps we may mention a common value: As a voice of citizens, the civil society organizations broaden the horizon of today’s democracy. As the closest form to human, it is able to give the most appropriate responses to the decisions taken by politicians and bureaucrats. It has the potential of establishing a bond between citizens and institutions. Furthermore, as a space for citizens to express themselves, civil society is ever expanding as a dynamic social relations network. This is the reason why, today a strong and powerful civil society becomes prominent as an essential factor for an active political participation.
 
Civil Society for Wellbeing
 
Civil society gradually contributes to social welfare, peace and social well being. Along with making right and influencing the answers by public institutions and private sector to social problems, civil society subsidizes directly to dream about, to constitute and to re-organize more livable planet and society.
 
The expertise of civil society is volunteering to put improvement in troubleshooting. The scale is sometimes a neighborhood, sometimes a far country. From humanitarian aid to disaster and emergency relief, from environment to health, from poverty reduction to education, from culture to sports, in every arena the solutions, innovations and answers, provided by organized civil society compose wellbeing. On the other hand, civil society not only provides services but also becomes the voice of beneficiaries and puts an agenda, a point of view and a novelty on public administration’s giving accurate services properly. That’s why one of the main themes of the Civil Voices Festival is the contribution of civil society to public welfare and to social welfare.
 
Civil Society for Aesthetic
 
But not limited to this, civil society also provides spaces for aesthetic values to be generated, shared and reproduced. Next to the duty or self-interest areas created by the state and the market, civil society institutionalizes diversity in the society by creating self-organization areas. As a movement/performance area, civil society intervenes in economic and political decisions with a dream of a better and more beautiful world/society/city. In another word, civil society offers an artistic/aesthetic, at the same time political movement model with the experience of creative campaigns, synergy practices as well as smart/original communication channels and methods. Thereby, civil society is not only a ground which brings decision makers and the ones influenced by the decisions together but also it is a ground where artists and aesthetes meet up. In this respect, appointment of an author with a reader or meeting of an opus with an audience might be considered as organization of civil society. Likewise, architecture can be acknowledged as a social organization among constructed places, nature and human. Thus, Civil Voices Festival opens a separate door for the aesthetical contribution of civil society.
 
Civil Society is You: Participation, Wellbeing, Aesthetic #inyourvoice!
 
Civil Voices Festival invites you to understand and to narrate; to observe and to demonstrate the unique contribution of civil society to the planet we breath on, to the society we live in, to the future we look to apprehensively or securely, to culture, to art, to education, to the ozone molecules in the atmosphere, to the seeds resting under earth, to the wind blowing gaily and to the street animals:
 
Civil Society is You: Participation, Wellbeing, Aesthetic #inyourvoice!
 
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