Events / Activities
Crosswalk of Solidarity - Start-up festival in Batumi
News from the CAUCULT start-up festival in Batumi, Georgia
Feb 2nd, 2014
Key Dialogue Workers from Adjara region Levan Khujadze, Sophiko Pataraia, Lamzira Apakidze and Megi Kobaladze organized the Start-up festival "Crosswalk of Solidarity" and painted a colourful passage on the crossroads between N. Baratashvili and M. Abashidze streets in Batumi.
"The goal of the event is to raise awareness and to protect the rights of pedestrians . This passage could serve as a symbol for free movement, more progress and respect to each other", said one of the organizers Levan Khujadze .
Batumi Youth Centre members together with other pedestrians drew the zebra which was not there before and painted it in various colours.
During the event, passing-by people were invited to join the initiative and were given the "Declaration of the Rights and Duties of the Pedestrians".
"Pedestrians on the sidewalk have the right to go smoothly, it is prohibited to park a car on the sidewalk and put restrictions on the movement of troops on the pavement. Priority traffic is not regulated by traffic lights or zebra move troops - the driver is required to stop and give way to the pedestrian", these are just a few statements from the Declaration distributed during the event.
In the end, people were invited to visit the Press Cafe were the KDW team and project coordinator in Georgia, Thea Galdava, presented the CAUCULT project in general, upcoming events and past initiatives. The day after the event, the Start-up festival team started to receive requests from community members in Batumi to draw more colourful zebras in the city. The plan now is to apply with Batumi City Hall and continue the initiative of "Crosswalk of Solidarity"
More than one hundred people participated in the "Crosswalk of Solidarity" and around 150 came to the Press Café. Art Way, Batumi Youth Centre and Press Café staff helped to implement the initiative.