#MakeRacismHistory 2023: Highlights from The First Ever Pan-European Anti-Racism Festival

Brussels, Belgium, October 17 – The #MakeRacismHistory Festival 2023, a landmark event commemorating the 25 years of our anti-racism movement, brought together anti-racist activists across Europe in a powerful display of commitment to a more inclusive world.

The #MakeRacismHistory Festival 2023 has been a monumental event celebrating our anti-racist network’s 25th anniversary. Taking place from 10-17 October, the first-ever pan-European anti-racism festival celebrated racialised communities and brought together our communities across Europe to collectively reflect on a world where racism is a thing of the past.

Through a series of events hosted by our network members across ten European countries, the festival featured discussions, roundtables, storytelling events, workshops, as well as celebrations of our past achievements.

Here is a brief glimpse of some of the outstanding events that took place during the festival:

Acknowledging their invaluable contributions, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our #MakeRacismHistory Festival 2023 co-hosts:

  • One People (Luxembourg)
  • Africa-Irish Development Initiative (AIDI) (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Multi Kulti Collective (Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) (London, UK)
  • Vienna Institute for the African Diaspora (VIAD) (Vienna, Austria)
  • Generation for Change CY (Nicosia, Cyprus)
  • Ivorian Community of Greece and New Women Connectors (Athens, Greece, and Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Anti-Racist Forum (ARF) and Fem-R (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Greek Forum of Migrants (Athens, Greece)
  • Migrant Tales and New Women Connectors (Brussels, Belgium)

ENAR x BTF: Bringing Anti-Racism Perspectives to Tech Leaders

As part of the #MakeRacismHistory festival, we also partnered up with Black Tech Fest, a UK-based festival celebrating the influence and potential of black culture in shaping our tech industries.

Over three inspiring festival days, we voiced that technologies should empower people, not work against them. We:

  • opened up a critical discussion on tech colonialism and the role of the Global South in the era of innovation;
  • brought to light the pressing issue of UK’s racist immigration policy, and how tech can be leveraged as a tool to empower black communities and migrants;
  • hosted a round-table discussion with tech industry leaders on how to foster a truly inclusive digital economy;
  • held a session on youth activism and campaigning.

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