Kongres Współpracy Transgranicznej Lublin


Oct 07 2022


09:00 - 10:30

Beyond borders: young people in action for intercultural integration
A film presentation

Alina Januszczyk – House of Words – “Grodzka Gate – NN Theater” Center, President of the Beetle Foundation (Poland)
Dariusz Jachimowicz – Plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Lublin for Inclusion through Culture (Poland)

Anna Lewicka-Koksanowicz – childcare coordinator at the Lublin Social Committee to Aid Ukraine (Poland)
Ola Borzęcka – Strefa Dorastania Foundation (Poland)
Joanna Ewa Lewandowska – humanitarian volunteer (Poland)
Vincent van Grondelle – Coordinador/Trabajador Social Open Cultural Center (Spain) [on-line]
Willem Vriend – War Child (Nederland) [on-line]
Nataliya Yeremeyeva – advisor Early Childhood and School Section European Wergeland Centre (Norway)

FILM showing the activities of the team dealing with the care and animation of Ukrainian refugee children in collective accommodation centres and cultural institutions in Lublin.

We will try to talk about how young people, who use the language of culture, help refugees and migrants find themselves in the new reality. We will consider what and why is successful and what is sometimes difficult and requires additional thoughts and new tools. We will meet practitioners from various countries who have been supporting those in need for years and expanding the boundaries of dialogue in order to take advantage of their experience in building their own educational and cultural offer.


The word “border” in the most literal sense means the same as a dividing line separating two spaces, closing or separating a certain area. In this sense, it is referred to as state borders. In a metaphorical sense, we are talking about personal and social borders, the borders of moral norms, freedom, creative expression, mutual understanding and knowledge. We then refer to certain barriers that people build with each other in their mutual relations and in relations with the surrounding world. We define the limit of our / someone’s abilities and patience. Both the literal and figurative meanings of this word contain connotations of division, differentiation, ending, limitations. The border separates something that is already known, native, own, from the unknown, and therefore foreigner and outlanders. Attempts to cross borders evoke resistance and negative emotions. However, this crossing, going “beyond ourselves”, beyond what we have and know, breaking the limits of our own abilities and achievements, is the basis for growth, development and creation. Only when we go beyond ourselves, closed to the needs of others we do become truly free. Being beyond borders becomes the realization of the highest form of love and freedom – positive freedom and negative freedom.

On February 24, 2022, in the east of Ukraine, the borders of a free sovereign state, democracy, European and human values were brutally violated. Once again after 2014. At the same time, the countries on the western side began to consistently open their borders, showing solidarity, extending a helping hand, giving shelter and hope to millions of refugees from Ukraine – as befits good neighbors. At the same time, the situation on the border with Belarus remained unchangingly dramatic. When most of the population rushed to help their eastern neighbors, in the border forests a few hundred kilometers away, adults and children from countries geographically and culturally remote that also had suffered from war and violence were freezing. It is impossible not to notice this duality – borders that could not be crossed.

#CityBeyondBorders – such a slogan will accompany this year’s cultural part of the Congress, which is organized in the month when we celebrate the International Empathy Day. At a time when several million refugees from Ukraine, Belarus and other countries torn by war or a totalitarian regime came to Poland and other Western European countries in a very short time, joining the large group of immigrants already living here, the topic of inclusion, and in particular through culture, it becomes more relevant than ever. Cultural activists – all those who work in culture believe in its ability to change life and the world, connect and include, integrate, and promote cultural and social dialogue. It is difficult to imagine the process of integration without participation in broadly understood culture. We also live in times of increasing challenges and threats to the freedom of creativity and artistic expression, in the conditions of the prevailing tendency to close ourselves within our own boundaries – both literal and metaphorical, and therefore we want to investigate them: look at them from different sides and try to cross them with the language that is best suited for it – the language of art (through word, image and sound).

Simultaneous translation into PL-EN-UA;
live broadcast on a streaming platform

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