Brief Encounter


Who is behind this?

Lee Griffiths

Friction Arts

United Kingdom

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Brief Encounter’ (BE) will provide a way for different people to connect, beyond borders, beyond barriers, beyond the comfort zone

Where will your idea take place?

Oberhausen, London/Birmingham, Macedonia

Why does Europe need your idea?

This project has two elements, Brief Encounter and the process of spreading BE internationally.BE itself is a simple methodology for communities to connect with others they feel isolated from. Creating a toolkit that will share this methodology further afield is an aim of this project.
This project makes people from marginal backgrounds into agents to spread cultural practise across Europe. European mobility and collaboration projects (e.g. ECOC, Corners of Europe, Creative Europe) often focus on mobilising professionals, policy makers or artists to create international dialogue, but rarely the ordinary citizens who make up Europe. What perspectives and insights are we missing due to this omission? We hope BE sets an example how ordinary citizens can be agents of cross-border collaboration

What is your impact?

We aim to create groups of leaders in three geographically and culturally distant regions of Europe. These mentors can then teach the framework to others, effectively creating a pyramid of Brief Encounters, a snowball effect of civil society groups creating and teaching Brief Encounters that connect more and more different people. An open-source, open-access toolkit will be created explaining how anyone can create a Brief Encounter. This toolkit will evolve as it is implemented in different communities. We will see individuals and communities connect who would not have met had they not experienced a Brief Encounter. The participants will have grown in confidence until they feel Brief Encounter is theirs, not ours. Ultimately, we want Brief Encounter to live without our intervention.

How do you get there?

•1 -08/09/15 –The team and 3 women’s groups meet in Oberhausen at the Kitev centre.Team building exercises and shared meals build confidence between them.They train in the BE framework and deliver BE at a local event.The Nl group (who are experienced with BE from pilot) are co-facilitators.
•2a -10/15 - In Macedonia the team help the participants develop the aesthetic frame for their BE, test and deliver it at local event.
•2b –11/15- 02/16 – The team work with the Brixton group to evaluate the BE framework. They begin developing an open-source toolkit enabling others to deliver BE more widely.
•3a -The Nl group come to Birmingham UK, to deliver training and seminars to UK community groups in creating BE.
•3b - Finalise and publish the toolkit (through existing EU/cultural portals

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Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 63435,-

Total budget

Major expenses



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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