As all organisations throughout the world, Open Cultural Center has also been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. While it has brought new challenges, such as switching our educational projects to online programs, we have been able to continue many of our activities in both Spain and Greece.
The Selfie of Migration is a journalistic project that explains the experiences of the people who migrate from Africa to Spain through their own stories, with the aim of changing the current image of the migrant population in Europe, especially that of women, which is often invisible.
Last Tuesday was the start of Migracode, the first code school in Barcelona for youth migrants and refugees in Barcelona! Find more info in this post.
One of our team members will be cycling 400 kilometers around the island of Mallorca within 24 hours to raise money for the Open Cultural Center. The funds raised through this campaign will be used to support the projects of OCC in both Spain and Greece.
With many people visiting, our last cultural event was an amazing success. With all our guests we discovered the beauty of Syria, the mysterious Middle Eastern Country! We learned about Syrian culture via a great presentation and we enjoyed its flavorful cuisine.
The bicycle shop ‘BikeIt’, located in the Eixample district in the heart of Barcelona, helped selling a bike of one of their customers and donated their commission to us! A very generous gesture from this small, but specialized and skilled bike shop!
In our Cultural Center in Barcelona we organise many ‘Cultural Evenings’. During these nights, we always set a certain cultural theme, often in the context of a specific country. Everyone is welcome at these events, and often the evenings are visited by locals, refugees, migrants and expats altogether.
With proudness we are happy to announce that our wonderful book – My Friend: the Refugee Journey – is now translated in German and available via our website. The price/donation of the book is of 10€, which will go on to finance the activities of Open Cultural Center in Greece.
Migracode is a European cooperation by various Non-Profit Organisations that promotes labour integration and social inclusion of youth refugees and migrants. By first supporting them with the development of advanced programming skills, the project then connects these groups to the labour market and therewith supports their long-term integration.
Just like last year we will be participating at Sant Jordi, the famous holiday that combines World Book Day and Valentine’s Day! On this day, it is custom for couples to exchange gifts: the men receive a book and the women receive a rose. However, this has developed over time, so both men and women can receive books and roses.