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European Day of Languages in Sofia City Library

The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year since 2001 on the 26th of September as an initiative of the Council of Europe to promote plurilingualism in the whole Europe. There are 24 official languages of the European Union. But in general there are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe that is about 3% of the whole world languages. By celebrating this day we are promoting linguistic diversity that is a tool for achieving bigger intercultural understanding. Under these numbers are people who speaks these languages – different languages. It is worth celebrating the diversity, differences and uniqueness of every language in Europe.
This year in Sofia on 26 of September the event to celebrate the European Day of Languages was held in Sofia City Library. It was organized by the staff of the library and 4 EVS volunteers that are doing their voluntary service there.
The event was attended by number of different embassies representatives, teachers, school children, young peo…

No Hate Speech Movement campaign website is now in Bulgarian language

Bulgarian advocacy against hate speech online keeps moving forward. This week No Hate Speech Movement opened their webpage in Bulgarian language. Click here to check it.
The No Hate Speech Movement is a campaign against the hate speech online in all its forms, cyber-bullying and cyber-hate, that most affect young people all around the world, especially in Europe.
It is a part of the project „Young People Combating Hate Speech Online“ which is held between 2012 and 2014. It is aimed towards reducing hate speech and fighting against discrimination and racism in the online world. The project gives tools and competences to young people and youth organizations that are necessary to recognize and act against abuse of human rights.
Join the movement, take part in action days, volunteer, discuss, report hate content you found in the Internet.
Take action today and enjoy Bulgarian language!

Collecting words against discrimination. Giorgia.

Lyubimets and Butmansti. In Bulgaria most of the “Syria free” refugee voices are spending their first month behind the bars of these two migrant detention centers. Despite its poor living conditions, these two institutions keep being a common starting point in the Refugee Status Determination Procedure. In Butmansti, the slow processing of asylum applications, the lack of freedom and the overcrowded spaces have triggered the last hunger strikefew days ago. The situation is further aggravated by the absence of regulation regarding the limit of time refugees can be under detention in these centers, and by the fact that, according to the last declaration of the Interior Minister, more than 10 000 Syrian refugees are expected to be here by the end of the year. Bulgaria is living a refugee crisis. The country is facing a lack of resources that not only affects these pseudo-prisons, but also the Registration and Reception Centers of Banya and Sofía (RRC) -two camps where some of the asylum …

Step into another person's shoes through art

Just going through the webpages accidentally I have found a short movie that has been stuck in my head for a few days now. The first impression about it was – beautiful and sensitive. But it has a way deeper meaning behind it.
The short movie has been shot by Lisa Gunning for the Goldfrapp song Anabel. The idea for the video was inspired by Kathleen Winter's 2010 novel named the same “Anabel'' which follows a hermaphrodite child who is forced into taking on a male identity in 1960s Canada. The short movie introduction starts with a sentence: Tales of us. It sensitively illustrates how a young boy explores his gender identity. As the author of the song Alison Goldfrapp said: "It’s very much about memory, identity and gender. I’ve always been fascinated by dual creatures, personas, people, personalities and transformation. I think it’s a theme that’s pretty much always in fairy tales and horror, which I love. What struck me about Annabel is that the parents are in tota…