Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

Beyond '91 - Portrait of the "perestroika


Who is behind this?

Sebastien Vannier

Babel Deutschland e.V.


Who is joining forces?

European magazine


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

7 countries. 7 reports. 7 languages. Exactly 25 years after the end of the Soviet Union, what are the most important daily issues facing the youth of the former Soviet states? We want to send young journalists to 7 countries (EST, LTU, LVA, BLR, UKR, MDA, RUS) to report beyond borders in bi-national, multimedia partnerships (text, photography, radio and video). These reports will be published in a cross-media e-book, in 7 languages, helping to develop a European dialogue.

Where will your idea take place?

7 countries (EST, LTU, LVA, BLR, UKR, MDA, RUS)

Why does Europe need your idea?

We seek to help people learn more about our European neighbors, their culture, their societies, and their daily challenges. Firstly, the journalists themselves will do so this due to the opportunity to report in bi-national teams. Secondly for our wider European audience not only gain access to different kinds of stories, but will also be able to do so in their own languages with the publication on cafébabel and on the ebook in 6 and 7 languages.

What is your impact?

There will be increased audience interest in the culture and daily life of neighbouring states. An open dialogue will be initiated between participants.

How do you get there?

1) Recruitment of 14 journalists from the 7 former Soviet countries involved in the project. Organisation of partnerships between participants to form 7 bi-national teams consisting of one journalists and one photographer/video-reporter.
2) Reporting on the ground including web support and a “making-of” enabling the audience to provide reaction to the series of reports.
3) Publication of the e-book in 7 different languages and on cafébabel in 6 languages.
4) Launch-event in Berlin with photography exhibition.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

This project is intentionally addressing itself to a wide European audience thanks to its translation aspect, with a special interest in targeting young people through the selection of topics. We will be helped in the diffusion of the project by the very wide and pan-european audience from the network of cafebabel. We intend to create other partnerships with media in the region.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

The community is more than welcome to contribute suggestions for particular topics in the associated countries. What kind of topics would you like to read relating to the society and daily issues beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union?



Idea created on March 6, 2016
Last edit on July 24, 2016