Arvamusfestival (Opinion Festival)
“Arvamusfestival is an open and inspiring meeting place for different opinions and new ideas, where discussions and debates on important topics come to life. Their mission is to bring together all societal groups, to empower people and through this – improve the culture of discussion”. Arvamusfestival was established in 2013. The festival was founded as a civic initiative, in a climate of growing distrust towards politics and disillusionment in public discussions. The idea was to team up to establish a platform for open discussion, a new kind of experience through meaningful and engaging debates. There are Estonian, English and Russian discussions in the programme, making it possible also for foreign visitors to participate. Anyone can apply to organize an event. In January there is an open call for preliminary ideas for discussion topics. The core team analyses and evaluates the ideas and, based on similarity and synergy of topics, groups them on shared “theme” stages. Organisations are expected to organise the discussions and stages themselves while a team of festival curators consults on the process. Arvamusfestival keeps the organisers on track, offers special inspirational events, workshops and gathers good practices materials to help develop discussion quality.
- CategoryGood practices
- LanguageEnglish Estonian
- Type of fileWebsite