Opinion Festival is a traditional intellectual festival of Donbass
The Festival is an open platform for discussing socially important issues, where everyone can voice their opinion or receive feedback.
In 2021, the Festival will take place from August 30th to September 3rd in online format.
We will meet offline on September 4th and 5th in Severodonetsk!
How did it all begin?
Opinion Festival takes place in Severodonetsk every September. The idea to create such a festival in Ukraine belongs to Vostok SOS partners from the Estonian NGO Mondo. In Estonia, a similar event Arvamusfestival covers almost the entire country, and its smaller copy took place in Luhansk region for the first time in 2017.
Then was born a clear vision of what this Festival should be like. Through the Festival, Severodonetsk becomes a magnet for people from all over Ukraine and an opportunity to develop the region through an interesting cultural and educational event.
You can take a look at the Opinion Festival experience in Estonia here
How does it usually happen?
Collection of topics: To understand what worries the society the most, a few months before the Festival we start collecting possible topics from those interested. This format gives everyone a chance to suggest topics that are of importance for them or the city, or to recommend an expert and join the organization of the Festival. We discuss everything: education, reforms, organization of urban space, implementation of legislative initiatives, photography, cinema, sports, art, ecology or anything else that presently worries the society.
Search for experts: To discuss selected topics, we invite opinion leaders, professionals in the topics, or government officials who can talk simply about complex matters, give answers to the questions of participants and, upon hearing a request, try to solve the voiced problem.
Finally about the Festival itself!
All Festival locations are in the open air, and visitors can access freely any of the locations according to their interests.
Each discussion lasts 90 minutes and is facilitated by a moderator.
In addition, our Festival goes beyond mere lectures, but also provides workshops, exhibitions, music concerts and film screenings.
Since 2020, we have expanded the Festival format and added online discussions and an away site. This makes it possible to expand the list of topics and experts.
Opinion Festival in numbers:
How to contact us?
Yulia Krasilnikova [email protected] (096) 596 57 86
Yulia Kishenko [email protected] (099) 078 46 66
Opinion Festival on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/opinionfestival