European Union delegates, including then-EU President Jose Manuel Barroso, pay tribute to the over 300 victims of the shipwreck on October 9, 2013 | Photo: EPA/ROBERTO SALOMONE
European Union delegates, including then-EU President Jose Manuel Barroso, pay tribute to the over 300 victims of the shipwreck on October 9, 2013 | Photo: EPA/ROBERTO SALOMONE

Thirty European cities will hold events to promote a petition to declare October 3 "European Day of Memory and Welcoming," in commemoration of a shipwreck off Lampedusa on October 3, 2013, in which more than 360 migrants died.

Events like documentary showings, exhibitions, debates, and flash mobs will be held in cities across Europe, including many capitals, on October 3, 2019. The goal: To raise citizens' awareness on migration and to promote a petition to create an annual European Day of Memory and Welcoming. 

All of the initiatives are being sponsored by a project called Snapshots from the Borders, which is financed by the EU and which aims to create a network of cities affected by migration. 

Initiatives to raise citizens' awareness on migration

In Amsterdam, three ships from the Rederij shipping company will sail along the canals of the city with "refugee captains" aboard, who will tell their personal stories. In Vienna and Berlin, a reproduction of the "Europe's Door" installation, which has become a symbol on the island of Lampedusa, will go on display. 

In Lisbon, there will be a flash mob with a scene that recreates a large wall that is destroyed by a group of dancers, who will then invite the public to build a bridge with the same materials. 

In Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a large table will be set up to collect signatures on the city's famous Old Bridge, a symbol of rebirth.

Participating cities

The capitals that will take part in the event are: Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucarest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Riga, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Valletta, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw, and Zagreb. Other cities taking part include Agios Athanasios (Cyprus), Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Lampedusa and Palermo (Italy). 

The petition can be found on the website www.snapshotsfromtheborders.eu

 

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