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About Abloom

About Abloom

Abloom is a Norwegian advocacy NGO raising awareness about and creating meaningful and empowering activities for: 

  • People living with disability in general – especially children and youngsters.
  • Ethnic minorities living with disability in Oslo and Norway in general – especially children and youngsters.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers in Norway living with disability – especially children and youngsters.
  • Families and support network of all of the abovementioned

We also communicate with and engage governmental and non-governmental organizations, private business and other areas of society to join the fight for a better life for all people living with disability. 

We now run a year-round organization and a pop up festival for children called Mini Abloom. We help refugees and asylum seekers, we run a daily free consultancy service for those who need it. We participate in all kinds of platforms, political environments, lobby meetings, and the list is long. However, we are just getting started!

Abloom Film Festival / Abloom Awareness week

Every year during week 47, Abloom Film Festival is a major event in Oslo. In 2020, we also decided to expand our activities and decided that week 47 would also be Abloom Awareness Week. During this week, we have a great emphasis on spreading knowledge, thus fighting against myths and misunderstandings about disabilities. Our aim is to increase knowledge and encourage best pracitices among the general public.

 

Abloom Film festival gathers Norwegian and international guests to discuss important issues related to disability. Abloom Film Festival is the organization’s yearly main event. We screen movies from all over the world, and the main aim of the festival is to promote movies of great quality about disability, empowerment, role models, community and other essential topics. We also have a conference with high ranking cultural celebrities and politicians. Debates, entertainment, voluntary work (refugees and disabled basically run the festival!), movies and networking – that’s Abloom Film Festival!


We believe it is possible to discuss important issues related to living with – or life with children and young people with disabilities, in a way that is uplifting and creates a positive narrative. Abloom is an aggressive and warm fighter against isolation and stigma. Everyone is welcome – everyone is invited.


Each year, the festival has a particular theme.


Film is a medium that can reach everyone. Through film we tell stories where feelings and dreams are shared.
Our mission is to create awareness of equal rights and opportunities for all.

We put a major spotlight on children and youngsters living with disabilities.

History

The festival was created in 2012 as Handy Film Festival, but we later changed its name to Abloom Film Festival. The very word ‘abloom’ means, obviously, in full bloom, which is supposed to reflect what the organization represents. Abloom was founded by Faridah S. Nabaggala, who herself is a mother of a child with disability.

The 2012 film festival included project short movies, a pilot film and a film by Dissimilis, among other things. But since the festival only lasted one day we could only screen one documentary film. We received lots of positive feedback for finally creating a film festival aimed at our target group. So we decided to really go for it – and expand the festival and organization every year! This took a lot of hard work, sweat and tears. But also lots of joy, new contacts, friends and wonderful people joined the cause.



People all over the world are most welcome to celebrate and put a spotlight on the life and struggles of people living with disabilities. Wherever you are, you can organize and event or celebration – to encourage local communicaties to prioritize the disabled.

Growth and Strength

Since 2012 the festival and organization has grown a lot. The festival in 2018 had more than 3000 participants! This year’s festival in November will have a children’s day, kick-off event, youth day, kindergarten day, family day, a full-blown conference and much more. Growth everywhere! And more and more people are joining in as members, volunteers, political contacts, allies and supporters… Now we are truly proud to call ourselves a dynamic, energetic and effective organization.