diablog.eu, German-Greek encounters, is an online project of understanding between nations, which emanates from the relationship between Germans and Greeks and can work as a model for future co-operation within Europe.
Europe needs the concept of diablog.eu. The idea could be applied to many other north and south regional relationships, where economic decline dominates the discussion. The creative economy is for us a culture of exchange, of give and take, gift and counter-gift.
It is about the work of contemporary Greek authors, visual artists and musicians who live in Greece or who, due to a personal connection, work in German-speaking areas. It is also about creative people working in German-speaking areas, who have an intellectual or personal relationship with Greece, that flows through their work. It is important to show that this wealth of intellectual exchange really exists, for raising awareness and for pleasure.
We want to open up a channel of dialogue for people who have, up to now, depended upon coverage from mainstream media. To this end we rely on help from bridge-building translators. Our shared wealth is the culture that we all can share. The possibility of this is opened up to us perfectly through the internet, and our blog diablog.eu. It is not about our differences, but our similarities. The aim of diablog.eu is to finally cast off antiquated philhellenism, an idealisation of the Greek landscape cultivated up to the 70’s, and to newly define the political impression of Greece that stems from resistance to the Junta from 1967-74.
diablog.eu has been online since August, 2014, and we also have a social media presence which includes the Facebook group diabloggers.eu. Nearly 1200 people have ‚liked’ our site, and we have recorded over 85.000 visits. The aim is to establish a network between people, rather than institutions. To build a solid bridge, we need two pillars: the German and the Greek language. This site started as a low-budget project that draws upon the co-operation of interested and engaged people. The next step is to set up a not-for-profit company. diablog.eu will act as an ideas laboratory and networking tool; a starting point for many initiatives.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe