September 10, 2016, from 10:30, POSTCITY Linz
during the Ars Electronica Festival 2016
Since 2015 we have been dealing with the topic of “flight” in Europe to an extent never seen before. No other topic has had such an impact on public discussion as “people fleeing”. Civil society has also taken more initiative than ever before and shown its strength. Following the successful first helpers’ conference in Upper Austria in March 2016 with about 300 visitors, this second conference, which aims primarily to strengthen civil society – the dedicated volunteers – will take up relevant topics. Along with expert inputs, for example from Christoph Pinter, the head of UNHCR Austria, and keynotes by the Syrian blogger Hussam Eesa (Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently) and the Austrian author Ingrid Brodnig (Hass im Netz), projects like Sharehouse Refugio Berlin, the blog “In den Dschungel von Calais” by Hammed Khamis, and Habibi & Hawara from Vienna, will fill the day with inspiring and innovative approaches. In addition to the conference, the Open Lab “Zusammenkommen/Come Together” will be part of the Global Village. Wonderful projects and ideas will provide inspiration and encourage imitation.
You will find the invitation to download and distribute here.
With the friendly assistance of the festival team of Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
- 09:30 Entrance and registration at the information desk
- 10:30 Opening by Rudi Anschober (Regional Minister for Integration, Upper Austria) and Gerfried Stocker (Artistic Director Ars Electronica)
- 12:30 Political questions to Rudi Anschober (Regional Minister for Integration, Upper Austria)
Christoph Pinter, UNHCR Österreich (AT)
Sharehouse Refugio. Living and working with refugees
Elke Naters and Sven Lager, Sharehaus Refugio (DE)
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. The work of the bloggers – IS from the inside – the resistance – Syria´s future
Hussam Eesa, Blog (SYR)
- 12:45 Lunch Break
Carola Burkert, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (DE)
In addition to the program, participants of the conference can attend one Session each. The selection is carried out in the course of the application to the conference.
We Guide You
Guided tours through the Ars Electronica Festival will be offered free of charge to conference participants during the lunch break. If you are interested, please indicate this on the registration form for the conference.
Participation & Registration
Participation in the 2nd Helpers Conference is free of charge. The target group is voluntary and full-time assistants who support refugees in their integration in Upper Austria. In addition, also asylum seekers who are committed to voluntary or non-profit community work, are invited to attend the conference. Registration for the conference is possible until 2nd of September 2016. Please note that your registration is only valid after telephonic or electronic confirmation by „ZusammenHelfen in Oberösterreich” (“Helping each other in Upper Austria“).
POSTCITY, Bahnhofplatz 11, 4020 Linz. The POSTCITY is ideally reachable by public transportation:
- By tram/bus: Take a Linz Linien tram or bus to the stop Linz Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
- By train: Take the ÖBB (Austrian Railways) or Westbahn to the stop Linz Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). The POSTCITY is located directly next to the train station.
- By long-distance bus: Long-distance buses stop either in front of the Wissensturm (across from the train station) or in front of the train station and are within easy walking distance to the POSTCITY.
By car you can reach the POSTCITY in Linz via the Waldeggstraße (B 139). There are no free parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the POSTCITY. Public parking garages are available for a fee nearby: Garage Bahnhof – Wissensturm Linz, Hauptbahnhof Parkdeck, Bahnhof Landesdienstleistungszentrum
The Ars Electronica Festival and the Helpers’ Conference promote environmental protection and sustainability! Care will be taken to separate or recycle rubbish, to use regional and organic food, and to use renewable energy. This should reduce the resultant damage to the environment to a minimum.
If you have any questions about the event, you are welcome to contact us by email at email@example.com or by telephone under the number 0732/ 770 993.