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The European Minority Film Festival 2008 is realised by:
project coordination: Gary Funck
secretary executive: Manfred Nissen
In 2003 the Friisk Foriining (Frisian Society) celebrated its 80th anniversary. Founded under the name of “Friesisch-Schleswiger Verein” in the year 1923, the society has always considered the Frisian language and culture as independent and therefore on equal terms with the other languages and cul tural groups within the German-Danish border area. The society’s main objective is to maintain and to develop the Frisian language and the Frisian identity.
The Friisk Foriining has about 600 members. The Friisk Foriining regards the Frisians as being a people in their own right and an ethnic-autoch-thonous minority within Germany, comparable to the Sorbs in Lusatia. The most important objective is to protect and to promote the Frisian language and culture.
In cooperation with the Frisian youth organization “Rökefloose” (“flock of ravens”, www.roekefloose.de) the Foriining arranges events for young people and leisure activities, among other things. During these arrangements Frisian is spoken. In the area of school education, the Friisk Foriining cooperates with the Dansk Skoleforening (Danish School Association of the Danish minority in Southern Schleswig). The Skoleforening offers Frisian lessons in some of its schools and, furthermore, runs the only school in which classes are conducted in Frisian on an equal footing with Danish and German (www.risumskole.de). The Foriining also arranges tours to other language minorities in Europe and offers a so-called “Friisk Harfsthuuchschölj” for individuals and families every year.
The Friisk Foriining works close together with the “Ferian för en Nuardfresk Radio” (“Frisian Radio Association”, www.ffnr.de) in order to support Frisian media and film activities. The radio association and the “Rökefloose” are both members of the Friisk Foriining.