Europe Grand Central

Combining grass-roots projects by independent culture organizations across Europe and beyond
2015–2017 | Europe Grand Central

Europe Grand Central is a ground-breaking cooperation effort that combines grass-roots projects by independent culture organizations across Europe and beyond through a unique digital and conceptual platform to connect audience created narratives about the human act of crossing borders.

Partners of the project, all solid culture operators and networks, work on vastly varied topics such as rising xenophobia towards refugees in Sweden, personal consequences of mounting economic crisis in Greece, disconnected suburbs and city-dwellers in Bologna and Bremen, political tension towards the eastern borderlands of Poland, and skewed notions of the Arab world in Europe. The methods for audience inclusion to challenge sentiments of "us" and "them" vary across interactive theatre and photography, craft, design, workshops, street art, and artistic residencies.

Europe Grand Central is the space for learning across contexts and to develop methods to meet our audiences where they are. Central to the project is the Bordr digital tool for connection of border stories that will be used in and across all projects. The partners will also co-design our action-sharing database hosted by Trans Europe Halles, which serve as our communication, dissemination, and legacy partner.

Over two years we will have four project meetings, and in 2017 we will coordinate “Europe Grand Central” an all-European simultaneous show of local-global presentations and the main event of the project. We will carefully analyse and spread our lessons with help of our associated research and dissemination partners; world leading universities and public institutions.

At the heart of everything we do we share a desire to understand and share the connections of human experiences and to mobilize these stories into action that changes lives. We work to produce an inclusive statement of diversity with potential to start a global movement of connected human values.

Partners:

Project leader: Not Quite ekonomisk förening, Fengersfors, Sweden.
Communication, dissemination, and long-term development: Trans Europe Halles, Lund, Sweden.
Local project organizer: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Bremen, Germany.
Local project organizer: Assoziazione Laminarie, Bologna, Italy.
Local project organizer: ODC Non-profit theatre company, Athens, Greece.
Workshops across EUs eastern borders: Europejska Fundacja Kultury Mieskiej, Lublin, Poland.
Mobility partner across EUs southern borders: Fond Roberto Cimetta, Paris, France.
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