Hereby we would like to invite you to the upcoming 13th Queer Easter.This non-formal educational seminar will take place from 02.-09.04.2012 in Werftpfuhl/Germany. The seminar is organized by the education centre Kurt Löwenstein of the Socialist Youth of Germany – Die Falken in cooperation with IFM-SEI and ECOSY. Content wise, we’ll be focusing this year at Queer Easter on the effects of capitalism on queer relationships (families, relationships, friendships).
At Queer Easter we strive every year to create a safe environment, where every participant can feel comfortable to talk about their own experiences, and feed into discussions held in an atmosphere of respect and understanding. In talking about such sensitive and personal issues and their relation to the area of politics and society, we are also asking every participant to challenge themselves, and reflect on their own lifestyle and attitudes. For this reason, we ask that every participant comes to the seminar with the willingness to examine themselves, to express their own opinion, and to respect those of others – to question some of those things that are embedded so completely in our societies, those things that perpetuate intolerance and inequality. To change the world, we must first examine, challenge and consciously change ourselves – and for this we ask that everyone remembers the importance of keeping an open mind in relation to this subject, and the process of the seminar.
The topic of the seminar will be explored through a variety of workshops, discussion rounds and working groups. Besides this, Queer Easter will also offer the opportunity to learn more about LGBT situations in other countries, and there will be provided a space for exchanging experiences, projects and campaigns that our different organisations are running. And of course we have not forgotten about having fun together e.g. while spending one day in Berlin. A draft program will be available beginning of march. Some 2 weeks before the seminar, we will send a description how to reach the educational centre and a last information email with details of what we would like you to bring, what to prepare beforehand and other useful information.
This 13th Queer Easter Seminar will take place from 02-09.04.2012.
The venue and accommodation will be at the Education Centre Kurt Loewenstein in Werftpfuhl in the northeast suburbs of Berlin. The closest airports are in Berlin, from where the venue can be reached with local transport. Exact travel details will be sent to you after registration.
Participants are expected to:
- To be active in an political youth organisation (either a youth organisation of ECOSY or IFM-SEI) or active in an youth organisation dealing with LGBT issues, preferably an LGBT-youth organisation
- to have interest in working on the issue
- to be able to follow the seminar and communicate in English
- to be available for the whole duration of the seminar
We do not ask for sexual orientation identification of the participants but welcome everybody who is interested in the topic of the seminar.
The participation fee depends on the country you are coming from. Please contact Tim Scholz for exact details.
This fee includes participation in the programme and accommodation as well as four meals per day for the duration of the event and a day-trip to Berlin. For members of ECOSY organization, special financial rules apply. For more info, please check the special invitation to Queer Easter sent by the ECOSY secretariat or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the difficult financial situation we are unfortunately in general unable to reimburse your travel expenses, except in case of special agreements (please contact the education officer Tim Scholz on exact details of this).
Registration for the Seminar is only possible online via a registration form, which you can find here.
Registration Deadline is 10.03.2012
We are asking every participant from your organisation to register separately in order to let them fill in the motivation questions by themselves. If you are coming with a delegation from an organisation, we ask that you pay attention to the biological sex balance of your group, so that we have a balance at the seminar. In case participants need Visa to enter Germany the deadline is the 01.03.2012. Please register online as soon as possible since the original personal invitation letters are going to be sent out on the 02.03.12. The originals will be sent to the nearest German consulate. You will get scanned copies of this letters to apply for the visa.
In case of further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Scholz . Looking forward to welcome you at Queer Easter 2012 in Werftpfuhl!