Take part in a survey – Helsinki City Museum is collecting Afro-Finns’ experiences
The Helsinki City Museum is surveying stories and experiences of Afro-Finnish persons’ youth in Helsinki. The answers will be used for the museum’s exhibition next spring. The questions in the survey are aimed at Afro-Finnish adults of all ages (18 and above) who have spent time in Helsinki in their youth. The survey will be available from 1 September to 23 October 2022.
The Helsinki City Museum is collecting Afro-Finns’ stories and experiences of their youth in Helsinki. The stories collected will be presented in an exhibition opening next spring. The survey is aimed at all Afro-Finns over the age of 18 who have spent at least part of their youth in Helsinki. For the purposes of this survey, the term ‘Afro-Finns’ is used to refer to persons who have roots particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and persons with African background whose own or family history is connected to the African diaspora in a wider sense. You can respond to the survey in Finnish, Swedish, English, French or Somali: https://response.questback.com/helsinginkaupunki/afrosuomalainennuoruus2022
The City Museum has researched and recorded Afro-Finnish life in Helsinki as a part of its cultural environment programme for 2021–2022. The aim is to generate new meanings for the city’s cultural heritage and support diversity and equality in Helsinki. Led by Wisam Elfadl, the curator for the upcoming exhibition, the museum has organised e.g. workshops, walking tours and meeting places for Afro-Finnish families with children, schoolchildren and young people. The projects realised have been the museum’s first steps in building stronger trust between groups of people.
Respond to the survey and influence the narrative on Afro-Finnish reality and which parts of it will be recorded for future generations!
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Photo: The participants of the Afrofuturism workshop at Helsinki City Museum visited the City Hall on 21 February 2022. Photo: Yehia Eweis/Helsinki City Museum.