Laura Gazzotti & Andréa Santos Brito: Improving diversity in children's culture: the experience of Kulttuurikeskus Ninho through Kolibrí Festivaali
Diversity at the core
The need to improve diversity and inclusion has been at the core of Kolibrí Festivaali, a children’s art festival that our association started 11 years ago. Kolibrí was actually born to fulfill the need of children and families of multicultural origins to be able to speak their heritage languages in a safe and positive atmosphere, in a time when heritage languages were viewed as a secret consigned to the home.
In all these years, our experience as members of a community that is increasingly diverse in race, age, cultural background, gender identity, disability, education level, socioeconomic status and many other factors has informed our desire to make sure that Kolibrí and all of Ninho's projects are a safe space for all.