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#MyStory meets and reports "Teden Kultur" (The Week of Cultures) in Novo Mesto, Slovenia

#MyStory workshop was held in Novo Mesto from 19 to 24 June 2017. The participants were empowered on how to report about events using the latest digital storytelling tools and to acquire media and digital literacy according to the principles of impartial reporting, tolerance and respect for diversity.
For this purpose, the events that they visited were part of "Teden kultur" (The Week of Cultures), which for several years has connected different cultures living in the Dolenjska region. 
A different culture is also something related to diversity, but diversity is variety, and it has to be seen as an advantage. It breaks the monotony of cultural offerings, from food to games, literature, theatre, music, and dance. Diversity is not an issue that can be opted for or against, it is the fact that we all live. We are all "others" to someone else; anyone could choose a criterion of segregation and discriminate us. From the fact that most people have brown eyes and are thus seen as inferior to blue-eyed people, to other inborn or acquired properties. No matter how strange that sounds, our common denominator is diversity. Accepting that is the foundation of civilisation. "The Week of Cultures Rules!"
Challenges for the media when reporting on migrants and migrations topics, and the presentation of digital storytelling tool possibilities were the pillar lecture and workshop provided by Dr Jure Gombac from the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. ''Digital stories are short, personal, multimedia scraps of TV that people can make for themselves. They are “mini movies”. Computers enabled with video editing software are used to synchronise recorded spoken narratives with scans of personal photographs (Meadows 2003).''
Dr Iztok Sori from The Peace Institute held a lecture and workshop on hate speech and other discriminatory practices in Slovenian media during and after the "Balkan Route". "It is not easy to recognise hate speech, which we found out at this workshop. However, we can all learn and later, when, for example, we recognise hate speech on Facebook, we must respond as "ordinary citizens" to warn them that is unacceptable. Because otherwise this problem can spread, from refugees to immigrants, from immigrants to women, etc. The students and other participants were very active and I am sure they will make excellent contributions."
On 20 June, which was the World Day of Refugees, the Museum gardens turned into a cosy outdoor cinema, attracting around 50 spectators. During the three-hour projection they saw five documentary and feature films from the Migrant Film Festival, which ended on that day in Ljubljana. On Friday, 23 June, the five-day festival ended, as it is appropriate for all the cultures presented, with a lot of good food, drinks, music and events. The participants were also greeted by the Mayor of the Municipality of Novo mesto, Mr Gregor Macedoni.
There were more than 10 multicultural events in Novo mesto where #MyStory participants could “meet and report” with the use of digital storytelling media tools and in the end, the final results were just fantastic. In conclusion, 12 Stories by participants were chosen for publishing and they all meet the high criteria of the jury, which consisted by several experts on the topic.
These 10 “Stories” are the best presentation of our #MyStory event in Novo Mesto


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