The 1st Athens Civil Society Festival has been completed: A message of harmonious and creative coexistence from ACCMR

ACCMR, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM Greece) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR Greece), participated in the colourful celebration of sensitivity, giving, solidarity and cooperation, organized for the first time this year by the City of Athens through SynAthina, with the participation of more than 200 organizations and agencies.

The 1st Athens Civil Society Festival, which took place in Serafio from April 21 to 23  was dedicated to the work  of Civil Society actors and their interaction with the city and its residents.

During the festival, we had the unique opportunity to meet new organizations and volunteer groups as well as active citizens who wish to participate and contribute to a more inclusive and humane city.

We welcomed Spring with poems and flowers

From our presence at the festival, there was no shortage of actions on the occasion of Spring through which, together with our partners, we sent a message of harmonious and creative coexistence!

On Saturday, April 22, the participants in the writing group of HARTS – Hands on Refugees Talents and Sustainability, part of the Greek Forum of Refugees, shared their poems in different languages and invited the inhabitants of the city to say with a poem what Spring means to them. Thus the “PoeTree” was filled with multilingual, colourful verses.

The writing team of HARTS – HAnds on Refugees Talents and Sustainability together!


A guest embellishes the ‘Tree of Poems’ with her own verses.


The Special Advisor to the Mayor of Athens for Migrants and Refugees, Melina Daskalaki, participated in the action.


On Sunday, April 23, with the support of the Ukrainian Women’s Union in Greece, members of the Ukrainian community and visitors made flower hair bands and other objects in different colours and designs. The constructions were further embellished with colourful fabric flowers created by refugees, migrants and festival visitors at the open workshop organized by the International Organization for Migration as part of the HELIOS program. The workshop aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and inclusion.

Hanna Oliynych (Union of Ukrainian Women in Greece) welcomes participants to the workshop.



…our creations!