Symbiosis – School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.
The partners of the EU CREATIVE project “Borderline Offensive”, led by: TILLT/Sweden. “Borderline Offensive” includes a group of partners from: Sweden, Serbia, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Lebanon, Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Germany, Jordan, Denmark, Norway
Municipality of Thessaloniki - Directorate of Culture and Tourism
Migrants, refugees & Roma are included in the partnership, bringing together unusual partners: municipalities, marginalized communities, civil society, artists, active citizens & social innovators.
Combining participatory action research on critical ‘borderline’ trans-European art projects with pilot laboratories on art, work & social change, the project documents cultural experimentation & develops ideas, advocacy and action on how art faces migration in Europe & changes attitudes and lives of host and arriving communities in a strengthened, socially cohesive post-growth society. The role of humour as a medium to disarm negative tensions & foster intercultural dialogue will be explored.
City: Thessaloniki, Greece
Online: all "Borderline Offensive" project partners' social media.
Participatory research explores across Europe impact of art in growing xenophobia & discrimination against refugees & migrants,fostering respect of diversity & active citizenship.Laboratories of applied creativity focus on art,work & community: educators, artists, activists,marginalized communities.
Documented impact of and increased advocacy by artistic work challenging borders and separation using arts and humour; Alternative models of work & art built, including urban creativity, art activism, civic participation, social entrepreneurship; Migrants, refugees & Roma trained and into work life.
Participatory action research will report on the work of artists from 12 European & Middle Eastern countries;documenting how moving beyond the function of commenting by means of creating visual,auditory or performing artefacts, socially engaged art ignites demands for change & provides platform for laboratories to build socially resilient practices of work.Participants in the laboratories of applied creativity will engage in development processes within a varied set of innovative forms of labor.
The idea is in continuum to Borderline Offensive where artists from 12 European & Middle Eastern countries explore issues of migration, intercultural conflict & dialogue and collective identity-building and the Thessaloniki Creative Labs, a space of Thessaloniki local authorities & art communities.
Our goal is to involve active citizens; artists; social entrepreneurs and innovators; think tankers; street workers; cultural managers; scholars and teachers, and bring together migrants, refugees, as well as Roma people with the European local communities.
Any kind of advice, comments or suggestions will be much appreciated and welcomed.