Open call for ideas for the 11th Opinion Festival starts today 

Renewed Opinion Festival is inviting organisations, businesses, communities and other groups to contribute their discussion ideas to the Festival’s programme. The open call takes place from 20 March to 2 April. 

All discussion ideas are welcome through the open call, whether looking at current, important issues, or setting up a joint brainstorming session for a specific challenge, or searching for ways to address a specific problem. There are several changes in both the open call and the Festival this time as compared to the previous years.

“Over the years, the most popular discussion format at the Festival has been interactive panel discussion which, for discussion organisers, has become sort of a synonym for a discussion. Based on new Opinion Festival strategy, we would like to pay special attention to diversifying discussion formats this year, and to bring to the festival new formats like fishbowl discussion, reversed panel discussion format, debate and many more. We do not assume that discussion organisers will know them all and know how to use them, that’s why we are prepared to offer much more support with designing the discussions this year” Kaspar Tammist, the Head of the Opinion Festival, has said.

According to Kaspar Tammist, in the light of society polarization getting stronger, it is increasingly more important to learn how to express different opinions without offending or belittling anyone. “At the Festival, we would like to promote a wise and caring discussion culture, and it is through the discussion that people can get a better understanding of each other. This is why we are eagerly awaiting discussion ideas that need involving more people in the brainstorming process and offer opportunities to express their views not only to experts, but to other participants” Tammist added. 

The topics submitted through the open call will be evaluated based on the importance of the topic, the aim of the discussion and the wider influence it could have. The topics for the Festival will be chosen by mid-April, the work will then start to design and organise the discussions. The Opinion Festival will take place in Paide on 11-12 August. More information about the open call and the form to submit your ideas can be found at www.arvamusfestival.ee/en/ideekorje-en/

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