Info from FECC Digital General Assembly 25 May 2021
This mail is sent to all FECC members and also to FECC Network
Dear Members and Carnival Friends!
Yesterday 40 members took part in the FECC Digital General Assembly.
The meeting was divided in two parts;
First part, answered by mail 22 May, were all points approved by 80 members on a Questionnaire with 6 questions:
1 – Approval of the Minutes FECC General Assembly2020_digital
2 – Financial Report 2020
3 – Discharge of Treasurer and International Board 2020
4 – Budget FECC 2021
5 – Elections FECC International Board and Audit Committee 2021-2024
6 – Membership fee in the Corona crisis
FECC International Board 2018-2021 was elected also for 2021-2024. Attachment
Audit Committee 2021-2024: Jürgen Schmidt, Germany – Gert-Jan Visser, the Netherlands – Raymond Vella, Malta.
It has been a very difficult year because of Covid-19:
All carnivals and other events were canceled. Therefore it was appreciated it was decided that membership fee is reduced to 50% – 2020 and 2021.
Some proposals were received. A resolution was decided regarding meetings in electronic for General Assembly and other meetings. There were also proposals regarding function and development of the Presidium to be prepared. It was also decided that Jürgen Schmidt will be Senator after changing his position in FECC Germany.
I will give special thank to Jürgen Schmidt for very good cooperation as Auditor in preparations of FECC General Assembly.
Also a special thank to Organization Committee and City of Ptuj for hard work really trying, twice!!,, 2020 and 2021, to host FECC Convention. Unfortunately cancelled because of Corona.
For FECC Dies Natalis we hope it will be 8-10 October 2021 but not yet confirmed. Neuhausen/Spree, Germany, unfortunately have to cancel but will be host 2022 instead. Thank you for giving alternative next year. Appreciated!!
We have as alternative for FECC Dies Natalis 2021 contact with Zielona Góra, Poland but no decision yet. Let´s hope!
FECC Convention 22-29 May 2022 – Pétange, Esch-sur Alzette, Luxemburg
Senator Roland Breyer informed our members about coming Convention. They are preparing a very nice program.
The meeting was was held in a very nice and positive atmosphere and it was very nice to hear Aleksandar Vasovic, Rakovica, Serbia telling us that carnivals this summer now starting up step by step in Serbia. We hope more countries to follow.
After the formal General Assembly Marion Hirche had prepared a Hat Competition. It gave us a spirit of carnival feeling with those beautiful hats. This competition will be followed next time we meet for real.
FECC International Board is very grateful and humbled to be elected for another 3 years.
Thank you all!
See you soon again!!
Yassou, yassou, yassou!!!
Federation of European Carnival Cities
FECC International Board
Questionnaire for the General Assembly of 25/12/2021.
– please answer the Questionnaire – as soon as you can!!!
– not later than 22 May 2021 – 23.59 CET
Dear FECC members,
we want to use the day of our FECC General Assembly to provide a little carnival flair:
We start a competition to find the most interesting, original and most beautiful carnival hat.
These are the conditions for the contest:
1. All FECC members of all categories can take part.
2. Only hats, caps and headgear made in this or last year are considered.
3. It must be recognizable that the competition entry is an unique.
4. All materials can be used.
5. One person must be able to carry the hat.
6. The hat should be related to the home (city, country, region).
7. Only hats made by amateur artists are allowed.
Presentation of the hats:
The hats must be presented digitally by the creator (s) on 25th of May after the FECC General Assembly. This includes an explanation in English about the material of the hat, the idea and the relation to the territory. Please give an information about the team of creators.
A jury will select the three best hats. One of the jury members will be José-Miguel professional designer in France. The two other member come from Italy and South-East Europe. All FECC members will receive digital information about the three winners till 27th of May
You can win:
The creators get an actual FECC medal and 50 euros for each of the three hats. In addition, the hats can be exhibited during Dies Natalis 2021 from 8th to 11th of October in Neuhausen / Spree (Germany). The creators and hats will be presented in the FECC Journal 2021/2022 at the FECC Convention 2022 in Luxembourg.
Marion Hirche, FECC Vice President
Extract of a mail of Roland Breyer FECC Senator (Luxembourg).
…… Futher big activities: from 22.05-29.05.2022, the FECC International Convention will be hold in myTown and the South of Luxemburg together with ESCH2022. The local organisation will be done by FECC Luxembourg, which will present the first draft of Programm tomorrow and during the General Assembly next month…….
…………So do we here in Luxembourg, where we will be involved in activities and big Carnival Events , as my town Petange will be a part of European Cultural Year, called „ Esch 2022“
I have nominated „ General Coordinaror of Petange“
In a few days our Local Carnival Association KAGEPE will send Information and invitations to the most representative and famous Carnival Clubs and Associations in Europe, announcing a famous local Carnival Parade on Sunday 27 March 2022.
We await the delegations of typical european Carnival groups and if you are interested, contact our KAGEPE ( Kagepe. lu ) or facebook……………….
FECC General Assembly 25 May 2021 will be Digital as the FECC Convention 2021 is canceled
FECC General Assembly 2021 – Tuesday 25 May 2021
– please note a Digital Meeting – electoral
FECC Convention 2021 – is canceled
Unfortunately, the organizers of the FECC Convention 2021 Ptuj, Slovenia, the Town Municipality of Ptuj and FECC Slovenia, have to propose the cancellation of the organization of the Convention at the end of May 2021 due to the force majeure – Corona Pandemic and Epidemic in Slovenia, Europe and globally.
Since we have been sincerely trying for two years to prepare and organize the jubilee 40th FECC Convention (last year we had to postpone it to this year due to the Corona), we suggest – offer to the International Board a “Plan B”, specifically because the Convention is also electoral.
– Above is a part of info from letter dated 10 March 2021 sent as attachment
Thank you for your understanding.
Nuška Gajšek ,
Mayor of the Municipality of Ptuj
Tanja Srečkovič-Bolšec ,
Director of the Public Institute for Tourism
President of the FECC Slovenia
President of the Organizing Committee
Dear Members of FECC
On 11 March, on the Digital Board Meeting the FECC International Board unanimously decided to accept the Cancellation of FECC Convention 2020 in Ptuj, Slovenia referring to the letter from Ptuj dated 10 March 2021.
We also very much appreciate that the organizers offer FECC a plan B so we can have a Digital FECC General Assembly 25 May.
Our next Digital FECC Board Meeting will take place
Thursday 8 April 17.00
After the Board Meeting we will send out all info needed for the coming FECC General Assembly 25 May 2021 – about routines, invitation, Agenda, elections, voting etc as the meeting will be Digital.
We would like to express our great appreciation for all the work and sacrifices our friends in Ptuj have done!!! – also their offer to make it possible for the Digital FECC General Assembly 25 May 2021.
THANK YOU !!!
FECC International Board
Josip Silov – Marion Hirche – Guy Van Der Eecken – Aleksandar Cicimov – Aleksandar Vasovic
Gert-Jan Visser – Raymond Vella – Jürgen Schmidt
– FECC Dies Natalis in Neuhausen Spree, Germany 8-10 October 2021
– FECC Convention – Pétange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 22-29 May 2022
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– Nominations FECC Board and Auditors
– Info FECC Convention Ptuj
– re. actual dates until final decision
Nominations received – in time = not later than 24 February
Nominations for the election 25 May 2021 of members of the FECC International Board and the Audit Committee for the mandate 2021-2024, we have received:
1. FECC International Board:
Team A nomination,
Applicant leader Lars Algell, received by post (registered letter) at the Secretary Generals headquarters on 23 February 2021
Lars Algell – Josip Silov – Marion Hirche – Guy Van Der Eecken – Aleksandar Cicimov – Branko Brumen – assessor Aleksandar Vasovic
2. Audit Committee: three nominations (by e-mail):
- Gert-Jan Visser, The Netherlands
- Jürgen Schmidt, Germany
- Raymond Vella, Mata
No other nominations received
FECC Secretary General
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of FECC Convention Ptuj
The prehistory of FECC.
This goes back to the year 1975, on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the City of Amsterdam.
The then existing Amsterdam carnival associations “Amstelpieren & Brokkerijders, led by Henk van der Kroon (+2018) had dared to organize a spectacular International Prinsen meeting in November 1975 at the RAI Congress Center in Amsterdam.
With the cooperation of the Amsterdam business community, the city council and the diligent work of the carnival associations this could be financed.
Among the guests were his Royal Highness Princess Margriet and diplomats and dignitaries from Brazil, Italy, Greece, Germany and Belgium.
Carnival associations such as “Het Heilig Wammes” from Maaseik (B), Party community from Hasselt (B), “Stadsgarde” from Aachen (D), “Tempeleers” from Maastricht etc
A total of 4,500 attendees.
This unique international event was the start of an exuberant exchange, which continued until 1980. Then it was decided to organize a reunion abroad, more specifically in Patras. This step is now regarded as the establishment of the FECC, in fact, one could well label 1975 as a year of foundation, but the name FECC was not yet known at that time.
In the years between 1980 and 1986, the Reunions were more festive recreations, with encounters between Greek cultures, but in 1986 in KOS the seeds were laid for the necessity of regulations and memberships. The initiative of the extra meeting at Hotel “Prince de Liège” in Brussels, autumn 1986 and the annual meeting in Malta in 1987, prompted the Belgians Vansina (+2018), Baumans, Rega (+2018) and Van Doorslaer to take the initiative to set up a national section of Belgium. This was unique, because no other FECC country had thought of this. Vansina was the first national president to be elected and with his influence as mayor of the City of Leuven and the assistance of his secretary, much could be achieved.
In 1988 the example was followed by the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The National Carnival Commission of Malta followed in 1989 with its own form of a section, while Jiirgen Schmidt also formed a section in Germany in the same year in Bad Ems.
Object and Objectives of FECC.
The Federation is a democratic association, respecting the fundamental values of right and freedom of each of its members, whatever are their political, creed or sex. It assembles people who agree to act and work to join the aim of the association.
The mainobjectives of the Federation amongstothers, are listed hereunder but are not restrictive by any means:
- To unit, the European and Mediterranean and outside Europe/Oversea members Carnival Cities in the exchange of ideas and opinions in the interest of Carnival.
- To collect and preserve knowledge on the usage, costumes and traditions related to Carnival, inside and outside of Europe.
- To promote exhibitions, exchange of ideas and advertising without losing sight of proper national identities.
- To stimulate youth participation in national carnival activities and to encourage exchange schemes for youth among the member states.
- Original Statutes of FECC deposit in Luxembourg – see page 23.