project Polyphonia began in mid-December in the following radio stations
(country, city): Radio Dreyeckland (D-Freiburg), Radio Ondarossa
(I-Rome), Radio Contrabanda (E-Barcelona), Radio Orange 94,0
(A-Vienna) and Amarc Europe.
its support in the context of the Anti-Discrimination Programme of the EU.
It will be running through the year 2001 and its goal is to strengthen the
position of those who are faced with discrimination as well as those who actively
work against discrimination in non-commercial, independent radios, simultaneously
using the medium "radio" itself to this end. The project is aimed
at various groups, who in their turn are confronted with different kinds of
discrimination as well as at those who are fighting against such discrimination.
Discrimination which stems from racism, because of ethnicity or national origin,
discrimination because of sexual orientation, whether lesbian, gay, bisexual
or transsexual, and discrimination because of physical handicaps clearly differ
from one another as to their causes, their form, and the consequences for
those affected by discrimination. Yet at the same time there are similarities,
not the least of which are to be found in the experiences of those who actively
work against marginalization and violence. Especially for this reason Polyphonia
is intended as a forum for different groups to come to together in order to:
1) discuss differences and similarities, 2) exchange ideas about possibilities
and difficulties in the struggle against discrimination, 3) build networks
extending beyond one single group, in individual countries as well as internationally,
and 4) consider how independent radio as a medium for non-discriminating groups
and projects can be better utilized.
The programme for 2001
includes various events:
Three days of special activities: International Day Against Racism (21 May),
Christopher Street Day (Gay Pride, 29 June) and World Day of the Handicapped
(3 December) * National Conventions in April * a Transnational Congress in
November * the organisation of round-tables, discussion panels and radio programmes
* the production of a CD.