Our voices is one of our most basic instruments to show that our differences are richness and that differences can live together. The Civil Voices Festival is a multi-voice choir where civil society organizations from different fields of work can share their experiences, knowledge, works and dreams in their fields.
Organized by STGM, the Civil Voices Festival is one of the first events that brings together Turkey’s civil society actors and provides a space for them to talk and discuss what can be done for a better world.
At the Civil Voices Festival, civil society organizations working in different cities of Turkey and in different thematic areas will have the opportunity to present their work through stands. In addition, civil society organizations will come together at various workshops, panels, forums and discussion events and have the opportunity to get to know each other, talk about cooperation opportunities and hold discussions about the fields.
The Civil Voices Festival was first held in 2009. The two-day festival held in Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul, brought together nearly a hundred organizations working for the rights of children, the disabled, youth, refugees, women and the environment. In July 2011, after a two-year hiatus, a meeting was held with civil society organizations in Ankara, this time with the theme "There would be no civil constitution without us" on the agenda of the constitutional amendment. The festival, which brought together more than a hundred civil society organizations from different regions of Turkey raised demands for an egalitarian, libertarian, pluralistic and ecological constitution and called on lawmakers.
The third festival, held in May 2014, was held under the clouds created by the Soma disaster. The meeting, organized as a forum to talk about the limits of our freedom, discussed the limits of freedom on the basis of the "right to life".
The last meeting of Civil Voices, which was supposed to be continuous from the first day, but which we held irregularly for various reasons, took place in 2019. At the festival in Istanbul, representatives of civil society organizations from all over Turkey discussed the changes that civil society has brought about from the past to the present.
Today, in 2022, we look forward to coming together again with all the voices and colors of civil society after a long, mandatory 3-year break...
The Association of Civil Society Development Center (STGM) was founded in 2004 by a group of opinion leaders and activists who believe in the importance of civil society for the development of participatory democracy in our country.
The Association of Civil Society Development Center, which aims to create a "strong and democratic civil society," uses its nearly twenty years of experience to support the capacity building of civil society organizations so that they can take a more active role in participatory democracy.
STGM, which supports civil society organizations operating in different rights areas from environmental rights to LGBTI+ rights, from disabled rights to women's rights, from children's rights to elderly rights, from urban rights to youth rights, works on various topics with the aim of increasing the dialogue between civil society organizations improving public-civil society cooperation, supporting the lobbying and campaign activities of civil society organizations and improving the institutional, financial and administrative capacity of organizations.
STGM, with its long experience, implements various programs to improve the capacity and visibility of organizations, and carries out three programs supported by the European Union as of 2022.
To get detailed information about the works of STGM, visit stgm.org.tr/en/about-stgm