Since 2016, we have organized several events and activities for and with refugees in Dresden in the yOUR Community project series. Now many of the former refugees have been living in Dresden for quite some time. Even though the arrival and integration process is far from complete, we would like to expand our circle of participants and involve more people who have either always lived here or have lived here for a long time or who are migrating to Dresden without a refugee background. Furthermore, it is our goal this year to enable all members to participate in events. We want to create a common space for creative ideas and exchange, a community.
Since 2016, we have organized several events and activities for and with refugees in Dresden in the yOUR Community project series. Now many of the former refugees have been living in Dresden for quite some time. Even though the arrival and integration process is far from complete, we would like to expand our circle of participants and involve more people who have either always lived here or have lived here for a long time or who are migrating to Dresden without a refugee background. In yOUR Community, national affiliation plays a subordinate role for the individual person as well as gender or age.
The three activities around which the yOUR Community has developed continue to be central: monthly meetings and hikes/excursions in the Dresden area as well as a weekly dance and gymnastics course. In addition, this year there will be a course on Dresden's history as well as excursions to city cultural institutions.
Furthermore, this year we would like to give our participants more opportunities to actively participate in events, to realize their own ideas or wishes and thus strengthen the community as a group. The BRN (Bunte Republik Neustadt), where we would like to present our project together, as well as the yOUR Community Summer Festival in August and the Closing Ceremony in December, are ideal for this purpose.
We cordially invite all interested parties to participate in the various events.
Open for everyone and everyone - no matter if big or small, old or young, new or old speakers. Be there! We are looking forward to you!
Due to the binding regulations issued by the Free State of Saxony and the state capital Dresden, respectively, which currently severely restrict public life in order to slow down the rapid spread of the corona virus in Saxony, events will not start before April 20, 2020. All following dates are subject to change. Further cancellations or postponements of the course and event schedule may lead to further changes of dates under certain circumstances. We will inform you in time on our website.
Regular open meetings (once a month, in cooperation with Diakonie Dresden, difo - Dresdner Institut für Fortbildung, IDA - Arriving in Dresden) to introduce new people to the project, to get to know each other and learn from each other, to strengthen the group dynamics in general, have already proved to be very fruitful in recent years. While cooking, communicating or making music together, questions of everyday life, intercultural exchange and integration are discussed. Frequent topics are: culinary and musical preferences, cultural and religious diversity of practical examples, politics and democratic values, residence problems, language courses, finding accommodation or internships and work. Not only at the summer festival in August are participants invited to bring in their own ideas and wishes.
The regular excursions serve to get to know the immediate surroundings of Dresden, for example Saxon Switzerland, the Osterzgebirge, Meissen and regions beyond. The hikes and excursions are designed as nature and social space explorations, i.e. at each event the participants learn details about regional and Saxon history, society and culture, local flora and fauna, etc. A central, community-building aspect is the joint picnic. Not to be underestimated are the communicative processes that take place during an excursion and often lead to further personal encounters and even friendships.
Understanding history - experiencing history
This year, the proven activities will be supplemented by a regular course (twice a month, in cooperation with difo - Dresden Institute for Further Education) on central topics of Saxon - especially Dresden's history, followed by excursions to cultural institutions in the city of Dresden (or Saxony). These activities serve to support the learning of the German language, the ability to discourse and to communicate with each other. The aim is to facilitate the integration of newcomers into the city of Dresden, to provide access to the cultural life of the city and to offer orientation.
ONLINE - Dance and Gymnastics
The community is to be strengthened again this year through joint sporting activities and relaxation in a protected atmosphere. This weekly offer has already proven to be extremely popular in recent years. In addition to active exercise and relaxation as a balance to the often hectic everyday life, lifestyle, healthy nutrition and dealing with each other are central topics.
yOUR Community 2020
The project is supported by the funding guideline "Wir für Sachsen" of the Bürgerstiftung Sachsen.