20 years after the first European Social Forum

To the organisations, groups and networks from all over Europe that participated in the first European Social Forum held in Florence in 2002.

To the new generation of European collective actors and social movements

To all networks, organisations and associations across the whole Continent which might be interested

Next November, it will be 20 years since the first European Social Forum took place in Florence, from 6th to 10th November 2002. The event was one of the largest, most participative and important moments of the European and global altermondialist movement.

Just one year after the harsh state repression in Genoa, and despite the recurrent attempts to criminalize the movement, it arrived in Florence even bigger, broader and stronger and it was welcomed by an open, supportive, committed and courageous city. During the ESF in Florence we promoted and launched the largest demonstration ever held in the world, the one against the war on Iraq on 15th February 2003.

Now it is not about celebrating the past, but about keeping alive a memory that can help us move into the future.

Florence was a moment of great strength and convergence of social movements and collective actors from all over Europe: similar strength and convergence are more necessary than ever today, in the face of the immense and dramatic challenges of the present, starting with the need to raise a strong and united voice for peace and against war on a European scale.

A European meeting of social movements and collective actors will take place in Florence on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th November 2022. This should be a step forward in the process of reconstructing a network of communication, collaboration and possible conver-gence able to face the tragic times we are living in: war, eco-climatic crisis, exponential increase of social and gender inequalities, democratic crisis. Overcoming the great geographical and thematic fragmentation that has characterised the mobilisations of recent years is now more necessary than ever, and the preparatory process that will lead us towards the ‘Florence 2022’ event can become an essential part of this reconnection. The first two days of the Forum will be dedicated to the self-organised and self-financed activities implemented by the different national and European networks, also with the aim of involving as many activists as possible from all over Europe and encouraging them to come to Florence.

On 12 and 13 November, all participants will gather in a European plenary meeting at

The assembly will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and end at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The assembly will be simultaneously translated: it will be possible to speak in Italian, English, French and Castilian and it will be possible to listen in Italian and English. The interventions will be organised in such a way as to allow for a balance of gender and generations, countries and topics.
Sunday, 14:00 to 16:00, a meeting will be held to share information on upcoming mobilisations/campaigns/events and to plan the follow-up of 2022Firenze.

Please make your travel arrangements to ensure the presence of at least one person from your organisation at this meeting.

Let us continue to involve other European and international networks and associations!

The Italian Coordination towards 2022Florence


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