Arts and cultural activities, Migration



Who is behind this?

Thomas Büsch

diyalog dernegi


Who is joining forces?

cultural initiatives


cultural initiatives


cultural initiatives


We will realize this project together with cultural and migration initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Greece

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Culture in Exile is a nonprofit, volunteer-run project of civic journalism to promote life and culture of refugees and forced migrants in their host countries like Europe or Turkey. Under technical conduction of international film makers refugees with and without practical knowledge of filmmaking will independently create and produce short movies about their experiences as immigrants and their life in exile. The final short movies will be published on an online video channel Culture in Exile.

Where will your idea take place?

Istanbul, Turkey - Berlin, Germany - Wien, Austria - Amsterdam Nertherlands - Athen, Greece

Why does Europe need your idea?

In Europe and in Turkey exist an information deficit regarding refugees, their life and their cultural background. Most information is being relayed. Life in Exile as archive and lively insight will overcome these borders and prejudices and will contribute to a better understanding and intercultural communication. On the other hand it will give refugees the opportunity to share their experiences of exile and help them to define a new identity. It will become a powerful window into life in exile.

What is your impact?

A group of approx. 40 participants in European cities produce several hundred movies about life in exile. These films are collected on the video channel Culture in Exile. The movies form an easy access to the persons’ lives in exile and to see refugees as individuals not as an impersonal huge group. At the same time they also learn to use the media video and tools like smartphones to express their demands and needs. Over our online network we will reach monthly up to 30.000 people in Europe.

How do you get there?

The first 6 weeks 3 programmers set up the video channel based on open source software. The project team promote the channel among others on our highly frequented social media (e.g. on in Europe and neighbouring countries with a high migration population to recruit participants. We believe in the network of diyalog and of the participants to reach a big audience. The filmmakers get guidance by professionals and collaborate with other participants during the 6 month. 2 full-time professional journalists will edit all incoming sources and translate it into Arabic, English and German. Starting with an official launch in an established museum in 5 cities we want to reach migrants, locals and international press. This will have a multiplier effect on the audience.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Refugees, forced Migrants and people who are involved in any way into exile in Europe and neighboring countries will participate into the production of the movies. diyalog will pay a small fee to who share his/her videos on the platform. The European audience interested into the background of migration and exile as experienced already by Bertolt Brecht during WWII will benefit and will get to know the culture of migrants in their country.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The unique aspect is that all movies are produced by affected people in mixed groups with different backgrounds (some of them are migrants others are just involved into life in exile). The movies will be mostly produced by people at different locations in Europe and Turkey specially for the video channel. Some participants created already movies about their life in 2015 in Istanbul. Other movies will be gathered in open sources like Twitter with robots, than added on the channel by our editors.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 85000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Software set up 6.000.- , public project launch 8.000.-, fee for the created videos 20.000, 2 online editors 6 month 12.000.-, conducting 19.200, translation 6.000.-, office rent 4.000.-, project coordination and communication to promote the project mostly on social media and online 4.500.-, operating costs 5.000.-

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are open to anybody who wants to participate into the creation of short movies related to exile and migration. We will be very glad to receive your contribution. In 2014 we created already with a small group in Istanbul and Erbil a selection of short movies and published it in the video channel Searching Traces of the video magazine StreetWalking:


Thomas Büsch

Idea created on Feb. 22, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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