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Next Door Family 2018

Project period: January 2018 - December 2018

If you've ever wondered how families of foreigners live in the Czech Republic, what they think about Czechs and why they came to live in this country, this article is for you! And you foreigners, are you interested in how the Czechs live, how they spend their free time and what customs they have? You have a unique opportunity to find out!  In addition to all this exciting stuff you can also try czech food and maybe try something new. At the end of November there will be a nationwide event Next Door Family!

Every year, last Sunday at November from 1 PM a Czech families meet with the families of foreigners from third countries through joint lunch. This year, it will not be different!


The project has been implemented since 2004 and since then 1550 Czech families and families of foreigners have met. A total of 4227 people joined the project and met on one of the lunches on Sunday with the intention to meet new people, make new friends and learn about different cultures and traditions. The aim of the project is to improve relations between majority of society and foreigners, building a multicultural society and mutual understanding of different cultures. 

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The project regularly reports the family from such diverse countries as Armenia, China, Mexico, or perhaps Jordan and Senegal. The joke is that the Czech families do not know from which country the foreigners they meet will come from. Through the mediator from Slovo 21, they have to decide who will cookand whether foreigners will come to the home of Czechs or Czechs in a foreign household.

Registered families are paired on the basis of age, hobbies, interests, language, and of course the city of residence, simply because so that members of both families have enough common themes for the conversation. This creates a greater likelihood that a relationship could successfully continue in the future.Each lunch is attended by an assistant who personally contacts both families before the meeting and provides them with information about the other family as well as the course of the meeting. If needed, the assistant should help break the initial barriers and shame at the meeting itself.

Meeting will take place in the home of a family from the associated pair, who takes over the role of the host. The aim of these meetings is to bring Czech families closer together with families of foreigners, to help to integrate foreigners into our society and at the same time to help Czech families to meet the people who live with them.

The project can sign Czech families and families of foreigners living legally in the Czech Republic. The term family also includes a couple which can be considered a family (not necessarily spouses).The project is intended for third-country nationals (outside the EU), applicants for international protection can't be included, nor those who have refugee status or who are illegally staying in the Czech Republic. Mixed marriages where one of the partners is an EU citizen also can't participate in the project.

This project activity has spread abroad, and since 2012, meetings have also taken place in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and the Cape Verde Islands.This proves that our idea goes across borders as an effective and extraordinary tool for the integration of foreigners.

In 2016, the project was designated by the European Economic and Social Committee as one of the three best models for the integration of foreigners into society. Would you also like to experience a different Sunday lunch? Simply fill in the online application form!  


Sunday November 25th 2018 at 1:00 PM


 As part of the 15th anniversary of the project, joint family meetings take place this year you can also look forward to joint meetings of families who have joined the project in previous years. The idea was based on participant's wishes to discuss not only about personal experiences and impressions, but also about the possibilities of actively participating in other activities in the area of integration of foreigners. These meetings will also be entertainment and cultural program with refreshments and a toast to celebrate the anniversary of the 15th years of the project.

This activity aims to find out what we can do differently, newer and more effectively in the area of integration and how to improve mutual coexistence. The meeting will be attended by representatives of cities, districts and non-profit organizations. The metings will take place in the fall of this year and will be held in four cities - Prague, Brno, Liberec and Usti nad Labem.



On Monday, October 15, 2018, a joint family meeting took place at the Prague at Divadlo v Korunní. A roundtable entitled "How We Live Here" was held at 17:00 where the project participants talked about their feelings, benefits and experience with the project, but also what new and effective could be done in the area of integration of foreigners. The roundtable was attended by representatives of the Prague City Hall, Ministry of the Interior, Czech families, families of foreigners, project assistants, non-profit organizations and the media. These participants were also informed with the results of brochures “They live next door II.” and at the end of roundtable they saw document Next Door Family. 

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This was followed by a cultural program where Czech and foreign artists were introduced to the participants. 

These were these artists theatre Dvě na Třetí, Allstar Refjúdží Band, stand-up comic Tigran Hovakimyan, singer Luna Begović and dance couple from groupings Kizomba, which had a workshop of Latin American dances. Participants could see the exhibition "Prague through the eyes of a stranger" by Russian photographer Andrej Kavpuš. At the event they could also taste specialties from Tajikistan, Russia, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Venezuela. There was also a festive toast during the 15th anniversary of the project. Both events in Prague were attended by 118 people.


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On Thursday, October 18, 2018, a similar joint family meeting took place at the grounds of the training and administrative center of the South Moravian Region in Brno. Again, there was a round table on the topic of the common life of Czechs and foreigners on the local level and what new could be done in the field of integration of foreigners. The event was attended by representatives of both Czech and foreign families, project assistants, regional authorities and non-governmental organizations from the region. These people were also presented with the results of the brochure “They live next door II.” and the documentary "Next Door Family” was played.

Then a cultural program took place, where members of Zase rýže introduced themselves and their cookshow of Vietnamese rolls. This was followed by the Balkan band Livada, who also prepared a Balkan Dance Workshop and finally played by the American band Ant Attack. During the whole event, participants could taste specialties of Cuban, Kazakh, Iranian, Indian, Armenian, Serbian and Czech cuisine. A total of 64 people participated in both events.

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Even in these cities there will be similar meetings, which will also be divided into a roundtable and a cultural program. In Liberec meeting of families will take place on Thursday, 25th October 2018, and you can look forward to the children's theater Mini Maxi, band Divoké kytary, Albi G. rapper, singer Victoria Kostina and dance group Maya. In Ústí nad Labem, the meeting will take place on 8th November 2018 and you can enjoy the Scalp band, Cuban salsa and samba by Sandor and Maylin, Oriental dances from Studia Karima and the performance of Pavlína Matiová. 










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O nás

Slovo 21 z.s. je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Naše práce by se dala rozdělit do dvou hlavních větví – aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku a ty, které se zaměřují na cizince ze třetích států.

Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro - ostatně ten je dodnes nejznámějším projektem Slova 21. Asi nejznámějším cizineckým integračním projektem je neformální setkávání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle, bulletin Slovo pro cizince a o cizincích a projekt Víjejte v ČR. 

Slovo 21 je od počátku organizací, která chce přispět k budování multikulturní společnosti a především k lepšímu soužití kultur nejen v Česku, ale i v Evropě. Slovo 21 neposkytuje sociální služby jako takové. Naší filozofií je aktivovat Romy i cizince a naučit je, jak vybojovat a prosadit svá lidská práva. Zároveň se snažíme bourat zakořeněné předsudky, které lidem jen komplikují život. Bojujeme proti rasismu a xenofobii, snažíme se ochraňovat lidská práva a rozvíjet jejich dodržování a zlepšujeme mediální obraz menšin.

Who are we?

Slovo 21 NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in the year 1999. We have Czechs, Roma and members from various continents working for us. Our work can be divided into two main branches - activities to support the Roma, and activities focusing on foreigners.

Since the beginning, we are an organization which aims at building a multicultural society and mainly at a better coexistence of cultures not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe in general. Our organization does not offer social services as such. Our philosophy is to activate the Roma and foreigners and to teach them how to fight and stand up for their human rights. Our goal is also to destroy the deeply rooted prejudices, which tend to complicate the lives of many.