4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival
The Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival is an open and free event that brings together people of diverse backgrounds that are interested in, and work on, engagement of citizens in science, policymaking and deliberative democracy in Europe (and globally). These include EU countries, EU institutions, civil society organisations, research and academia, and artists. The programme each year features a variety of events including open conversations, interactive sessions, artwork, and an exhibition of participatory and/or deliberative democracy projects. The Festival is also the principal annual networking event for the Community of Practice of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. In 2020, the Festival was held entirely online. In 2022, however, it will be a hybrid event where participants will be able to attend and interact either in person – in Brussels, Belgium, Ispra, Italy, and/or online.
2022 Theme: Youth Participation
To coincide with the European Year of Youth, the theme of the Festival this year is ‘Youth Participation’.
2022 is a year in which we find ourselves with difficult decisions to make, amid conflict, whilst looking to a future beyond the pandemic. That is why the Commission is reaching out to young people for their vision, engagement and participation to co-create the futures they want. According to the 2021 European Year of Youth Survey, 62.9% of respondents did know or were not sure how to make their voice heard or express their opinion. In response to these findings, therefore, we at the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy are interested contribute to a participatory reflection on how young people can be better, and more, engaged in policy and research processes.
Registration is OPEN. Visit our registration page for more information. You will need to register if you are attending the Festival in person in Brussels or Ispra, or online via Zoom. You will not need to register, however to access the livestreams of the in presence events. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest Festival news and updates.
The Festival traditionally showcases participatory and deliberative democracy projects and initiatives in a virtual exhibition. The deadline for submissions for the exhibition has been extended until August 31st 2022. In order to get involved, we need you to send us a short (under 3 minutes) video of your project, a short description of your project (approximately 100 words), as well as 1-3 photos. Send these materials to us at EU-CITIZEN-ENGAGEMENT@ec.europa.eu. We will gather the submissions and reply based on the quality and relevance of the submission (NB projects must be dedicated in large part to participatory and deliberative democracy initiatives).
The Festival team wants to support you to participate in the Festival! Please get in touch with us if you would like to contribute as an expert/researcher in participatory and deliberative democracy, or as an artist, Maker or other expert role. We’d love to hear from you!
Contact us for further questions or information: EU-CITIZEN-ENGAGEMENT@ec.europa.eu
Please see the provisional agenda HERE.