festival contre le racisme

In Göttingen the fclr is organized by the AStA, the student council of the University of Göttingen, supported by different anti-racist groups and initiatives. The fclr will take place from June 30th until July 1st on the grassland behind the ZHG/”Blauer Turm”, next to the big parking lot. During the festival, we will provide you with a range of diverse concerts, talks, and workshops all around the central campus. The entire festival will be free of charge.

On this Homepage you will find the central call for this year’s festival contre le racisme, the program and further information about the festival.

Why celebrate a festival contre le racisme?

Racism and discrimination are topics, that concern students. Attacks carried out by right-wing extremists are sadly part of everyday life in Germany. Antisemitic hostilities are taking place on a regular basis, secondary antisemitism is becoming more and more socially acceptable. Legislation discriminating against foreigners and a questionable handling of refugees and migrants are part of day to day life. Even at the University discrimination’s taking place. Often, foreign students are faced with obstacles that are unknown to German students. And in society as a whole racism and antisemitism are virulent problems. This is especially visible during public appearances of neo-Nazi groups and/or the AfD. It should not be ignored however that these are all problems rooted deeply within german (mainstream-) society as a whole. The university and its students should not isolate themselves high up in an academic ivory tower but constantly and actively exert their influence within civil society itself. The festival wants to provide first suggestions and stimuli for taking action by offering a mixed program of different political, cultural and informative events within itself, including for example concerts, workshops, talks…

The project is inspired by a campaigne by the umbrella organization of student bodies in France (UNEF), which has been organizing the festival contre le racisme for more than a decade in France now. In Germany the festival contre le racisme is a decentralized campaigne coordinated by the “freien zusammenschluss der student*innenschaften” (fzs), the umbrella organization of student bodies in Germany.