Czech Republic – Institute for Regional Development

Offline and Online campaign

The offline campaign, launched and organised by the Institute for Regional Development, took place on September 21st 2018. The event gathered people from different cultures and backgrounds, such as Ukraine, India, Spain and the Czech Republic. The aim of this event was to come up with ideas regarding the inclusion of migrants in the Czech Republic and dancing a flash mob together. The event took place at Letná Park, a beautiful and famous green space in Prague. All the participants brought some cookies, fruit juices, some pieces of fruit and blankets to sit on the grass.  While they were enjoying the picnic and the last summer day in Prague, they shared different experiences about living in Prague regarding culture shock or problems with the Czech society when being a migrant.

After sharing different visions and ideas, some of the messages for the Czech culture were written down on cardboards in order to express the participants’ feelings towards hate speech, for instance: “Open your heart, don’t close your mind”; “We’re all strangers”; “Report hate speech”; and “Smile to a stranger”.

Afterwards, a video was recorded with all the participants holding the cardboards that they wrote. The participants were moving around the whole park showing the messages to the people passing by or spending their time in the park. The participants even talked with some of the Czech strangers and asked them to join. The event finalised with all the people who took part in it preparing and dancing a flash mob.

One of the participants walked through different parts of Prague with the “You Are Welcome” poster and was photographed holding the poster in different locations.

A video was recorded the whole day and was then used as promotional material to combat hate speech in the Czech Republic.