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EEA Grants community at Refugee Week Greece Festival 2023


Athens, June 21, 2023

The EEA Grants community of “Asylum and Migration” and “Local development and poverty reduction” programmes participates in Refugee Week Greece with two workshops on June 21 and June 22, 2023. The organisations -inter alia- of the EEA Grants community who participate in the festival this year is International Rescue Committee Greece, METAdrasi, Society for the Care of Minors (SMAN), SolidarityNow, The European Wergeland Centre, and International Organisation for Migration (IOM Greece).

The festival, an initiative of the organization We are Community, the Athens Comics Library in collaboration with the British organization Counterpoints Arts and the support of the organization Comic Relief Across Borders program, takes place for the second year throughout Greece from June 19 to 25, on the occasion of World Refugee Day. The Refugee Week Greece is a cultural festival, part of a dynamic global movement and highlights the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking refuge.

This year, the theme of the festival is compassion in action. The organisations of the EEA Grants community, in collaboration with the SOL Crowe and HumanRights360, have planned and implement two workshops:

“But who saved the Earth?” – Comic Workshop for children and young people

21 June, 2023, 15:00-17:00 at Network for children’s rights

The story “But who saved the Earth?” is the result of the participatory writing of a fairy tale by unaccompanied refugee children hosted in the structures of the Association for the Care of Minors and Youth (SMAN) and METAdrasi. The fairy tale started in Athens and continued in Samos and Chios, where it was completed. Having this as the basic storyline, the illustrator Tomek Giovanis, in a workshop open to children and young people aged 12-18, will teach the basic principles of comics and create with them the illustrated version of the story. Unaccompanied minors, beneficiaries of SMAN and IRC shelters, will also participate in the workshop.


“Reflections: from personal to collective”, experiential workshop for professionals

June 22, 2023, 13:00-15:00, at taf / the art foundation

The workshop seeks to create a short but meaningful connection among people who are active in the field and often experience similar challenges. The workshop is implemented by trainers of the “Schools for All: Inclusion of refugee children in Greek schools” project, under the “Local Development and Poverty Reduction” programme.

For information and registrations, please contact


The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 15 EU countries. In Greece, the Fund Operator for the programmes “Local development and poverty reduction” and “Asylum and Migration” is SOL Crowe in partnership with HumanRights360.

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