Open European Societies

NGOs and artistic companies offer to use video to create counter-narratives challenging stereotypes of migrants and refugees and questionning their relationship with Europeans. To do so, they conduct
investigative work and artistic workshops. 

Coordinated by the German NGO Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. Dresden and supported by the UE programme Europe for Citizens.

is the aim?

To combat stigmatisation of migrants and refugees by transforming European narratives

is involved?

11 partners from 8 different countries, engaged in citizen theatre to combat prejudices

is it happening?

The program will run from November 2018 to May 2020

The Aim

Open European Societies aims to tackle the stigmatisation of migrants and refugees, by helping the citizens of the participating countries to overcome stereotypes and better understand the stories of these people’s lives.

Through video campaigns, research works, interviews and workshops, the project hopes to reconnect people with the human side of the story and generate greater empathy and understanding between individuals. 

The Outcome

Research Papers

A research paper on the history of migration in the participating countries will be produced, in which each partner will explore the impact of migration in its country in the 20th century, at the sociopolitical, economic and cultural levels. This will allow the adaptation of practices to the specific context of each country. 

Workshops and Video Campaigns

Transnational and local workshops will encourage cultural exchanges between native citizens and third-country nationals using different forms of art and digital media that foster self-expression, cooperation and creativity. 

The Partners

  1. Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. – Dresden, Germany – Coordinator
  2. Municipality of Dresden – Germany
  3. Memorare Pacem e.V. – Dresden, Germany
  4. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece
  5. AddArt NGO – Thessaloniki, Greece
  6. Aarhus University – Denmark
  7. European Reminiscence Network – London, United Kingdom
  8. Pro Progressione Kulturalis – Budapest, Hungary
  9. Institute pro regionalni rozvoj – Prague, Czech Republic
  10. La Transplanisphere – Paris, France
  11. Association Center for Intercultural Dialogue – Kumanovo, Northern Macedonia


December 2018

Project launch in Dresden (Germany).

March 2019

Partners meeting in London (UK), organised by European Reminiscence Network, University of Greenwich. 

April – October 2019

Workshops, interviews. 

November 2019

Partners meeting in Thessaloniki (Greece). 

April 2020

Partners meeting in Dresden (Germany). 

May 2020

Publication of project results. 

Open European Societies – “All Different, All the Same” Campaign

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“Otherness stories” workshop in Le Raincy (93)

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Open European Societies – London meeting, March 2019

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