Freiraum at CAMP: The role of ethnic markets for city development

Cultural diversity, social connections and atmosphere from Marseille’s flea market to the Vietnamese marketplace SAPA in Prague. What do these places mean for the local communities and how do we experience freedom in them? How important are they for city development? We will discuss these issues on 19 February at 19:00 at the Prague Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP).

"We have explored topics that emerge when urban residents, sociologists and creative artists begin to think about the concept of freedom in local dimensions," explained Ira Bliatka, a researcher at the Institute for Democracy 21, and moderator of the discussion.

Assessing the degree of freedom in various European cities from the different point of views was the primary goal of the Freiraum project, under the aegis of Goethe Institute. It involved 38 European cities creating tandem-partnerships from two different cities, each with their focus and ‘questions’. The Prague - Marseille project is a cooperation between the Institute for Democracy 21, and the publishing house Hors D'Atteinte, and focused on issues of democratic participation in the two cities, in the context of urban planning.

In this event, we want to present the outcomes of the project and open the discussion to a broader audience. Using visual and artistic inspirations from SAPA and Marseille’s flea market, a  panel will weight in on different socio-cultural aspects of these spaces; ethnic diversity, informality, and the effects of gentrification.

During the evening we will hear from Magdalena Rejžková, a Czech journalist based in Marseille, Samuel Johnson-Schlee human geography lecturer at London’s South Bank University, Marie Hermann, project-partner and co-founder of Hors D'Atteinte, and Tereza Freidingerová, Programme Coordinator for People in Need specialising on migration and adaptation trends of the Vietnamese community in Czech Republic.

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