PROGRAMME

Background:

Since 2013, the International Festival CIVIC FEST brings together people, projects and partners from the Republic of Moldova and the European Union to discuss and exchange on best practices and innovative initiatives for the benefit of citizens.

CIVIC FEST features the most successful projects implemented by civil society organizations (CSOs) both from Moldova and the EU, which have won international recognition and can serve as best practices in different areas: social entrepreneurship and social integration, women’s empowerment and youth participation in local development, ensuring and promoting a transparent and democratic electoral process, socio-cultural transformations and social responsibility.  

Objectives:

  • To promote and encourage civic excellence;
  • To consolidate the civic platform and a networking environment for civil society stakeholders;
  • Foster and stimulate partnerships and fruitful cooperation among all the actors of Moldovan society – Government representatives, NGOs, local authorities, international institutions, private companies, ordinary citizens;
  • To increase civic activism and engagement by promoting best European civic practices;
  • To promote a culture of presenting, recognizing and sharing civic excellence and social achievements.

Participants:

Representatives of civil society organizations, state institutions, central and local public administration, business sector, diplomatic missions, international organizations, independent experts, media and ordinary people.

Programme:

CIVIC FEST 2017 will take place on 29th-30th September in Chisinau and will consist on two thematic days:

#CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

- 29 September 2017, 09.00-18.00, Summit Events Center, Chisinau, 49/3 Tighina Street.

Active people for a better society – dare, care, act / Encouraging all civil society actors and ordinary citizens to support community development by generating new ideas, initiatives, and successful projects, promoting an active civic position based on responsibility, commitment and effective involvement of citizens in achieving social change.

On 29th of September will consist of an official opening, project presentation panels, practical training and networking sessions on topics such as community development and social integration, women’s participation and leadership, environment protection and food security, promoting a transparent and democratic electoral process.

#CIVIC SHOWCASE

- 30 September 2017, 10.00-19.00, Shopping Center Malldova, Chisinau, 21 Arborilor Street

Inspiring civic excellence initiatives – sharing means caring / Promoting the most successful projects and best practices can inspire and mobilize other organizations and people to be more proactive in fostering a democratic and social-economic progress in the country.

On 30th September the NGOs Fair stands will showcase successful initiatives and projects to inspire the participants and visitors of the event. There will be held networking sessions, civic practices, exhibitions, artistic performances, and contests.

Innovative format:

CIVIC FEST 2017 will be interactive by using the most recent and innovative means of presentation and communication:

  •  Open Space Technology will allow participants to create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a theme of key importance, such as: What is the strategy, group, organization or community that all stakeholders can support and work together to create?

Organizers and partners:

CIVIC FEST is organized by the Public Association “Synergetica Eur/Est”, with the support of the East Europe Foundation, with funds provided by the Government of Sweden, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Main partner: Shopping Center Malldova

Partners:EcoContact” Association, Moldovan National Network of Youth Local Councils, Association of Environmental Journalists and Ecological Tourism, Alliance of Active NGOs in the Field of Child and Family Social Protection, Youth Media Center, Legal Resources Center from Moldova, YouthBank Moldova, “Oberliht” Association, National Children and Youth Center “Artico”, Consumers’ Assistance Center, Concordia Moldova, Peace Service.

General media partner: TVR Moldova

Media partners: Ziarul de Gardă, Ziarul Timpul, Ziarul Național, Portalurile UNIMEDIA, AGORA, EA.md, AllMoldova, #Diez.md, Civic.md, Stiripozitive.eu, Moldova9, Zugo.md, ONG.md, Portalul СП.