Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

Let's talk about privilege shortlist


Who is behind this?

Rita Julia Sebestyen



Who is joining forces?

Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V.


Pro Progressione


Talented Earth Organization (TEO)


Concept development: Othernessproject. IT tool development: Talented Earth Organisation. Offline events: Othernessproject (DK), Jugend- und Kulturprojekt (DE and GR), Pro Progressione (HU).

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Privilege = unattained advantage.
How would your life be if you had a different skin colour? A different gender? A different education and workplace?
We shed light on these factors and invite mixed groups to take part in the project in four spots: North, South, East and West Europe.
The methods are: scientific research, an interactive online map of privilege, offline artistic events and an e-book with all the outcomes.
We talk about privilege in a playful, yet serious manner.

Where will your idea take place?

Helsingor, Denmark
Dresden, Germany
Budapest, Hungary
Thessaloniki, Greece
and online.

Why does Europe need your idea?

To a bigger or smaller extent, we all realise that there are more and less privileged groups in our societies. We will look at North, South, East, West in the EU, and then expand more.
This project deals with privilege from three angles:
1. race/nationality
2. gender/sexuality
3. access to education/work.
Our main questions: Are we aware of our own privileged and unprivileged positions? Could we share opportunities, challenges, responsibilities, and resources in an equal way? Can we hear the stories of the unprivileged? Do we know how to give them voice?
We will talk in mixed groups: all generations, nations, genders, with more or less education, money and stability of work. Through on- and offline events we will make it all visible and will reach out to large communities.

What is your impact?

1. A specific quantitative research carried out on the 3 subtopics of privilege, in the 4 spots, published online;
2. a sustainable online map with personal stories of privilege, which, with a minimum of maintenance and editorial tasks can run for many years and expand EU-, and even worldwide;
3. an e-book with thorough documentation and findings can be used for education purposes on local, regional and national levels;
4. the events will spread methodologies for tackling with difficult issues;
5. the partners will share know-how and develop multi-faceted partnerships through various, hybrid methods;
6. the project will be expanding geographically;
7. public bodies, local governments, national and international institutions will be involved to take part in policy making.

How do you get there?

1. Research: in the four involved towns, we do quantitative (analyse statistics) and qualitative (interviews, storytelling, field work) research, to find out what are the markers and stories about privilege.
2. Let’s talk about privilege site: we publish the statistics, the analysis of them, the stories, and we make an interactive map to show and place these all.
3. All four spots reach out to their larger regions, to share the idea and invite contribution to the map.
4. Four events in the four spots: talks, performative events, urban interventions depending on each partner’s expertise. The events will be live-streamed at all 4 spots, with possible online participation.
5. All documented work is analysed and published as a free e-book.

What is your story?

Othernessproject advocates diversity and inclusion through performative and IT tools.
We design performances, workshops and research to create temporary communities, posing particular questions. In the safe bubble ‘what would be.. if’, we create new narratives together which oscillate between everyday reality and imagination.

We had events on motherhood where fathers told their stories, mixed refugee-local community workshops, performances where the audience could build new identities, communities and new rules for human societies.

Privilege is a topic we encounter daily: differences created by petrified societal canons. We need to realise that removing these artificial boundaries is up to us, it can be done by small, everyday gestures, and this is the path towards equal rights.

Who are you doing it for?

This project reaches out to mixed audiences: privilege is our common issue, and we have to lift it together, from all the possible sides and angles. It is vital to fill in the gaps and not make them larger: we need to talk about privilege with groups invited from all layers of the society, bringing them together, and let them relate.

All four spots will reach out to education institutions, NGOs dealing with these issues, artists, researchers, clubs, neighbourhoods, which are regarded as unprivileged or privileged, and will take care of balancing the research, the events, and the story collection and field work among all layers of the society. The e-book will be largely disseminated. We will reach out to policy makers locally and on EU-level, too.

What makes your idea stand apart?

There are many online tests about privilege. This project offers personal meetings, through talks and artistic events.

There are many academic and non-formal discourses on privilege: the academic ones reach out the academics and the non-formal ones are often biased. This project offers a discourse which intertwines the statistics with the personal stories.

There is fear, anger, shame and guilt involved with privilege from both those who feel advantaged and disadvantaged. There is wilful blindness, privilege abuse, silencing about this topic. We will deal with it without stigmatisation.

We bring together many parties and sides of the issue, we do networking, we reach out, offer numbers and stories at the same time. This is a collective narrative in safe spaces both on- and offline.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 69820,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses: 1500 EUR. Travel and accommodation costs for 2 international meetings and events: 10320 EUR. Public relations + site + online, interactive map + full online documentation: 11500 EUR Personnel costs (programme manager, research assistant, IT assistant): 12000 EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We need ideas on dissemination, circulation of the ideas, networks to hold further events. We need as many informal groups as possible to share stories, join events. We are happy to get feedback on further possibilities to develop the events, our methods, or the interactive map.



Mira Nadina

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on May 23, 2018

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