CfA: Media Bar Camp “Art and Transformation”

The IX international MediaBarCamp 26 — 29 May 2016 Lithuania

The 9th international MediaBarCamp 2016 (MBC2016) is a unique social media non-conference event, that will take place on 26-29 May, 2016 in Lithuania and will bring together activists from Belarus and all around the world – from Cuba to Azerbaijan, from Sweden to Egypt. The organisers of the event are the Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC) in cooperation with local partners in Belarus and Sweden.

MediaBarCamp 2016 is an open space participant-driven non-conference where the agenda of the event is initiated and determined by participants themselves.

The main GOAL of MediaBarCamp 2016 is to stimulate media activism and new media projects, to promote use of social networks and possibilities provided by the Internet. MBC2016 also aims to coordinate already existing initiatives in participant’s countries as well as to develop contacts within active international youth society.

The MBC2016 topic is ART & TRANSFORMATION. Is art powerful enough to make any changes in society? Can artist or creator’s vision on certain topics build a bridge between society and those who are in power? Has the creator more courage to talk about the things we need to discuss? Maybe it is a hidden potential of art? There are many NGOs, civil society and cultural actors that actually are actively engaged in local politics (and/or policies) with the aim of influencing political decision-making. In other words — they actually do politics. At the same time, there are many political organisations and institutions that are supposed to do politics, but actually rely on civic activism. Art is an articulation of own position by creative tools. This is what unites art and civic life. Therefore, let’s meet and talk about the means of influence and power of creativity!

TARGET GROUPS
Bloggers, media and political activists, collective online project developers, innovative ideas developers, social entrepreneurships, active citizens and cultural activists that stand for freedom of speech and expression, representatives of socio-cultural projects that use media as a channel of communication with their audience

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS
A reference to the Call for Applications for MediaBarCamp 2016 on your website with an active hyperlink to http://mediabarcamp.com/ (banners can be found on MediaBarCamp webpage). Posts in social networks are welcome, but are not sufficient.

One presentation for one participant. If you have a big project and you are ready to send 2 (two) persons, you need to prepare one presentation for each participant.

Prepare and share (20 PechaKucha format slides for one presentation) and give your presentation. See below for PechaKucha information. Presentation slides must be in English. However, you are welcome to give your presentation in another language if you feel like to.

The project description in the application form has to be provided in English. Please include a topic and a short description (min 300 characters). It will be used for online voting to select the best presentations, which will be guaranteed a time-slot in the MediaBarCamp 2016 programme

Full 4 days participation (2 days MBC2016 and 2 days for arrival/departure)is required

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: http://mediabarcamp.com/registration/ — will be open since 2016-03-10.

DEADLINE
18 APRIL, 2016 – final closing date for application (both for applicants with and without visas). However, we kindly remind you to apply as early as possible.

WHAT‘S NEW THIS YEAR?
In order to assure that all participants have enough space and time for their presentations, we will arrange a PechaKucha night – the art of concise presentations. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.(for more information: http://www.pechakucha.org/)

You can apply without your final presentation. However, in the application form you have to provide and share 20 prepared slides in PechaKucha format and a short description of the presentation in English.

We will organize an open and fair early voting among the participants of MBC2016 to vote and choose the presentations which will be granted a place in the MBC2016 schedule in advance

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
MediaBarCamp is not a commercial event

Participation is FREE OF CHARGE. The organisers cover all the participant’s logistics, visa and accommodation expenses

The venue (at least 4 conference rooms) will be equipped with Wi-Fi, projectors, sound equipment

Interpretation assistance to/from English and Russian languages will be provided by volunteer interpreters

Travel reimbursement will be provided for the cheapest tickets (2d class train or bus). There will be no reimbursement for travel by cars or flights Minsk ↔ Vilnius.

Your arrival to the central railway station in Vilnius shall be planned before 12:00 on the 26May and departure not earlier than 17:00 on the 29May. Please be attentive and check the time when buying the tickets. The event will take place outside Vilnius. The transfer will be arranged at once for all participants. There is no other connection with the venue.

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