Open call! Lovisa 15-18/8 по-русски
Baltic Glory – a peace exercise shaming war
Baltic Glory is an annual event and in 2019 it will be held in Lovisa, Finland 15-18/8. Baltic Glory was from the very start the world’s only peace exercise of its kind and has grown to one of the biggest gatherings of antimilitarists in Northern Europe.
New for 2019 is a unique exhibition of the works of artist resisting militarisation in Russia, Ukraine, Finland and Sweden. In 2019 part of the program will also be devoted to seminars on the most urgent antimilitarist issues of our times.
Since the very start Baltic Glory aims at uprooting war and its causes, at building a strong peace movement across real and imagined fronts and at eliminating militarism from our societies.
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To make this work all participants and volunteers will have to agree on the following:
– We counter militarization of our societies as well as of the relationship between our countries.
– Our resistance is primarily directed against the military of our own country and its allies.
– We use a wide range of methods, strategies and tactics. Violence is not one of them.
At Baltic Glory 19 about half of the program will be dedicated to the peace exercise. In short our peace exercises can be described as a combination of real participants and a fictive scenario. The exercise is not a role-play and as a participant you will be asked only to react just as you would in real life. However the situations to which you will have to react are sometimes far from your ordinary life. In Baltic Glory 19 the scenario is divided into three parts: pre-war, war and post-war. For each part there will be five events of about one hour each.
Parallel with the peace exercise there will be an exhibition of antimilitarist art in Lovisa. All participants will visit the exhibition and the results of the peace exercise will be added to collections. During the coming year this exhibition will then tour our countries. A line of seminars by and for the participants will conclude the weekend.
The exercise and the seminars will be held in both English and Russian. It will also be possible to get individual translations to Finnish, Swedish and Ukrainian.
Baltic Glory 19 will be held at Kuggom centre of traditions a few kilometres North of Lovisa, Finland. Participation is free and includes food (three vegan meals a day and a few snacks in between) and housing (on the floor or in tents – possibility to get a room for an extra fee). Costs for travel and visas are so far not supported by our budget. We are looking for external funding for this and will update as soon as we get news about that.
Baltic Glory is a gathering for people from Finland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine, but we are open to a few antimilitarists from other countries. Please send us an e-mail if you want to join from a country other than the listed.
The call will remain open until the 3rd of June. A final list of participants will be ready no later than 17th of June.
Baltic Glory 2019 is funded by Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto, The Union of Consientious Objectors and Rauhanpuolustajat, Finnish Peace Committee.