Communities, discrimination and emancipation in the field of sport



Who is behind this?

Zeljko Blace

neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst e.V. (for cc.SPORT initiative)


Who is joining forces?

Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien


Queer Sport Split


Discover Football


#1 University of Lyon #2 Sport Festival in Lille #3 Guerreiras Project #4 ?Football v.Homophobia (Warsaw) #5 ?FVV (Frankfurt)

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

cc.SPORT is connecting European initiatives that are contesting and contextualizing the field of SPORT, as oppressive, discriminatory, exclusionary and unjust, for mobilizing people in solidarity for doing creative and critical sport work. Traveling exhibition and program (educational, discursive and artistic) at the core provide for informative interactions, supported by digital/print publications that connect the diverse groundwork of all dealing with anti-discrimination in sports and society.

Where will your idea take place?

Germany, Croatia, France

Why does Europe need your idea?

Sport institutions/structures are rarely evaluated and contested -- while urgently and widely need to as they are influential contexts for shaping norms and identities, often in narrow and harmful way. There is an opportunity to create space for independent, collective, creative and critical grass-root articulations and expressions in/on/with SPORT. With artistic and discursive work, we can create methodologies for informing, thinking, imagining and debating visions for a better sport/society.

What is your impact?

We aim to create trans-disciplinary exchange in-between sport researchers, thinkers, critics, doers, fans, visionaries & advocates. To develop new ways of working together, with more publicity and participation by building informed & strong public voice to represent progressive politics. To provide collaboration & dissemination platform for informed, inspired, empowered and coordinated progressive sport advocates across Europe with new outlets for activism and advocacy.

How do you get there?

We are creating ‘contesting/contexting SPORT’ exhibition & program towards 2016 mega-sporting events, EURO in France & Rio Olympic Games, by questioning discriminatory norms and detecting tensions of sport and social justice, with gender and sexuality focus. With AdvocateEurope, cc.SPORT initiative will extend this through #1 networking progressive sport communities, initiatives and individuals, #2 establishing content exchange and a platform of resources with #3 traveling exhibition, presentation program and active engagement. In bringing together artworks, performances, interventions, presentations, lectures, documentation, artifacts, media and other forms, we establish context for social dialogue and the expression of those less visible in SPORT around alternative visions for Europe.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

For those who have experienced/are experiencing injustice and prejudice within the sport system; and those beyond sport, in society at large, who are affected by the same injustices in various manifestations; and those who feel strongly about creating change. All sport enthusiasts and people previously discriminated/traumatized by sport system; as well as human rights activists, community organizers, artists, sporting officials, and others across sectors both within and beyond sport.

What makes your idea stand apart?

There are very few initiatives taking place globally today that are combining the fields of art, politics and sport through advocacy and activism. Recently, there have been some time- and locale-specific grass-root movements addressing discrimination in/around SPORT, specifically around recent mega-events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, but this momentum requires a stable and sustainable network and space to further the movement and messages.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 120000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

- 10.000eur - editorial, production and design work for content/exhibition to be able to travel - 30.000eur - organizational work and costs of 3 trans-local events (2 in Germany and 1 in Croatia, each with international participants) - 10.000eur - publishing of documentation and educational material (on at least 2 languages)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

information about exceptional progressive work that addresses issues of discrimination/emancipation in SPORT



Idea created on Feb. 23, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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