As volunteers help fight Covid-19 a new festival will use online events to show how crucial civil society is to Europe’s future

With volunteers becoming vital to the fight against Covid-19, a new Fringe Festival will use online events to show how crucial civil society is to Europe’s future.

As citizens face unprecedented and challenging times, #Europefuturefringe plans to bring together volunteers and the many conversations and events that are happening online across Europe.

Roger Casale, Founder of New Europeans, said: “Inspired by Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival which has become the dominant voice of the arts world, we established #Europefuturefringe to bring together civil society organisations so they could have a voice at the ‘fringe’ of the forthcoming Future of Europe Conference.

 

“In a short space of time, the world has changed dramatically and the future is uncertain, yet the kindness and solidarity that we are seeing through millions of volunteers and organisations makes #Europefuturefringe more relevant than ever.

 

“With more conversations and events moving online there has never been a better time to bring civil society together to show politicians and decision makers the vital role we play across Europe now and will continue to make in the future.

 

“Civil society and volunteers continue to work on the frontline and no one is better placed to have conversations about how Europe should work for all its citizens .”

Since its soft launch in February, organisations and individuals from across Europe (not just in the European Union) have signed up to use www.europefuturefringe.com to share events and contribute idea framed under themes including democracy, solidarity and volunteering.

Piotr Sadowski, Secretary General of Volonteurope said: “Whilst civil society is constrained by the necessary travel and physical distancing restrictions our work nevertheless goes on and I hear so many positive and inspiring stories from our members about real heroes during this Coronavirus epidemic.

 

“#Europefuturefringe is a fantastic way to celebrate the value of solidarity, of people getting involved and volunteers becoming active citizens in their cities, towns and villages.

 

“This is what Europe is all about and solidarity should be at the heart of the Europe’s future. In the short term the campaign will showcase online activity from across our sector before regular public events can return.”

TO find our more or join #Europefuturefringe please visit www.europefuturefringe.com