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World Refugee Day in Bologna

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On the 20th June, during the Atlas of Transitions Biennial, Right to the City | Diritto alla città (15 - 24 June), Bologna, Italy, ERT - Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and the Department of Sociology and Business Law of the University of Bologna will raise awareness of the difficult journeys and conditions that asylum seekers and refugees experience after fleeing their countries of origin due to war and persecution by the means of three distinct but complementary special events.

To begin with, at 3pm, a partecipative walk will start from Piazza Verdi, in the heart of the city. 'Rotte migranti e vie di Bologna' is a maps project, a Migrantour  across the city of Bologna, which will follow the emotional maps designed by a group of asylum seekers and political refugees during a workshop previously organised at the refugee shelter ‘Villa Aldini’, Bologna. The itinerary here represents the migrants’ perceptions of the local territory and shows their reference points and feelings about the city’s space, thus highlighting their sensory and partecipative mapping of their journey through Bologna.

The walk will end at the Arena del Sole courtyard, where the emotional maps will be discussed during the subsequent event, 'Maps of Transitions. Trasversalità metodologiche: paura, amore, inclusione', the seminar that, from 5pm, has been organised in collaboration with Amnesty International Italia. Scholars and activists from several universities and cultural and humanitarian organisations, together with migrants and asylum seekers, will take part in a collective debate around the themes related to 'Count up to ten', the Amnesty International Italia’s awareness campaign that draws attention to the use of the divisive, violent and discriminatory language construing racist stereotypes against refugees, migrants, roma and LGBTI people.

At 10pm, the forum will then turn into a sort of sound dialogue, a concert performed by soloists from different countries and cultures. In collaboration with Sound Routes. Notes to Get Closer, traditional compositions from the countries of origin of the migrant musicians involved will be melt together into a hybrid and joyful piece of music.

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