Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)
FISCHtival, the open air festival of concerts and food organized by the Tirschenreuth Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) in the summer of 2015, had not expected to provide such a transformation to the local community. The initial idea behind the event was to promote the activities of the pond fishing association, which is responsible for the administration of the FLAG. The FLAG then realised the event could also reflect the efforts that were being carried out for the integration of migrants and refugees in the area. For the first time, the FLAG partnered with local welfare and educational organisations to create a successful event that brought together the region’s newcomers and its multicultural population.
During the FISCHtival, the lakeside was packed with hundreds of visitors –German locals and the migrant community could be seen dancing, laughing and eating altogether in a peaceful atmosphere. Marvellous fish dishes were cooked on-site by participants of different origins (such as Russia, Poland and Peru), incorporating the region’s local carp into recipes brought from around the world. The dishes were so successful that some recipes have been published on the FLAG’s website. The actors involved in the festival are convinced such an event could be repeated, generating additional activities for the integration of migrants.
A bridge between the local community and its newcomers was built that day.