Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

European Freaks' Con on Resistance for Utopias


Who is behind this?

Who is joining forces?



Zimmertheater is a city theatre found 1958 in university town Tuebingen. The new directors will establish a theatrical institute exploring societies' future by artistic research starting autumn 2018.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

How can Europe become our utopia again?
We feel the strong need to defibrillate the pulse of Europe by creating a melting pot of ideas for its future. We create a „blackbox” where we throw in "freaky" Europeans - activists, artists - anyone with a vision to share, together with invited speakers and a lightly curated method to facilitate a transition from a cloud of ideas to a collection of stories, visual, verbal or performative, to be used by a theatrical group as a basis for a performance.

Where will your idea take place?

"the utopian resistance nest": a centre for anti-Nazi resistance till the 1930s in Tübingen, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

We will literally take the stage. First in Tübingen, then in all over Europe.
The aim is to create the basis for a performance based on Freaks' con - which will tour through Europe shortly after. The convention shall be the kick off event to a movement in the field of arts, reshaping democracy.

What is your impact?

We want to radically change the debate on Europe: We'll create a counter-narrative to the current regressive tendencies in Europe. In all over Europe there will be increasing media reports about "freaky" performances asking "weird" questions about our future. Questions others start asking, too.

How do you get there?

Europewide we are looking for European freaks. We design an application process asking for a vision for an artistically expressed future of a democratic Europe: slam, video, painting or app. This is the jury-selected base of the Freaks' Con that will be confronted with the method of scenario planning (Khan 1961). The clash between known facts of the future and artistic visions will be the main method to generate concise possible futures-utopian narratives for Europe.

What is your story?

The bureaucrats have failed to create a common narrative that has us rallied around the European idea. The contemporary regression can´t be stopped but by the unconventional and the unprecedented. We see the arts as the predestined rapporteur for this.

Who are you doing it for?

European freaks can be bright minds like artivists, journalists, scientists, politicians or civil society actors who worked on European visions before and are eager to share and develop their message with other like-minded brains. They shall be influencer and rhizoms of a growing movement.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would love to have your view on how to make this campaign a success and something useful for citizens from all across Europe. We need you to think of the most offbeat person you know that is enthusiastic of Europe and to kick his or her ass to apply for the Freaks' Con in early 2019!



Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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