Arts and cultural activities, Social inclusion



Who is behind this?

Stefanos Katsoulis

Symbiosis – School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe.


Who is joining forces?

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.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

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.

Where will your idea take place?

City: Thessaloniki, Greece
Online: all "Borderline Offensive" project partners' social media.

Why does Europe need your idea?

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.

What is your impact?

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.

How do you get there?

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.

What is your story?

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.

Who are you doing it for?

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.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any kind of advice, comments or suggestions will be much appreciated and welcomed.






Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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