Arts and cultural activities, Social inclusion

My Top Five (Top 5)


Who is behind this?

Iqbal Aslam

Stichting Wijkpanel Vrijheidswijk


Who is joining forces?

Sociaal Wijkteam Noord


Friction Arts

United Kingdom

Neushoorn Leeuwarden


Stichting Sociaal Cultureelwerk Buitenpost "it Koartling" (netherlands) Stenden Hogeschool, (netherlands; minor community arts)

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Citizen journalists are trained to capture the life stories of diverse people using the format of their 'top five' songs as a starting point. These interviews become radio programmes, distributed through community channels locally and internationally and the focus for 'real world' encounters and connections between participants and audiences. The training includes tech skills, oral history training – how to listen, how to question, how to ask questions of each other and bring people together

Where will your idea take place?

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Why does Europe need your idea?

In many parts of Europe there has been a huge demographic shift. There are many societal issues that need to be addressed, but for many new arrivals the sense of isolation, not being connected to their host country can be the most debilitating. Connecting people, through a simple arts/radio programme; giving them opportunity to learn about other people's lives are key project aims; to do by presenting people's stories, simply, through the vehicle of their favourite songs, creates accessibility.

What is your impact?

People across Europe get to hear the stories of other Europeans, both established and more recently established communities. Growing cadres of citizen journalists across Europe continue to gather interviews, programming is shared across borders. Participants/listeners feel less isolated, more connected to their neighbours, and a greater understanding of different communities is evidenced through behavioural and societal change.

How do you get there?

Phase one we train a group of residents, with the support of students/partners to create a 1hr radio progamme; implement the project amongst residents in the Vrijheidswijk (housing estate) and partners, in the more affluent village Buitenpost (north of Leeuwarden). During the pilot we will work with a group of mainly elderly residents as interviewees. Seclusion amongst the elderly is epecially poignant.
The second stage is to implement the project and distribute the programmes into other parts of the city/Friesland region, whilst continually creating new content through a growing, up-skilled community, via networks & podcasting.
Stage three is to collaborate with partners in European cities to share the techniques & learning of Top 5. We will use the ECOC framework to establish links.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

TG:active members & audiences inc.residents (& associations); also enablers in community arts, social workers
During all project phases residents will have new opportunities to meet and exchange with each other; create bespoke programmes, content for people by people through shared stories and music.The purpose being that people re-establish contact strengthening their communities:increased understanding. Residents are the active leaders for making,disseminating and sharing 'Top 5' across EU.

What makes your idea stand apart?

It’s a powerful, subtle project that seeks to provide a platform for short deep stories about people from a broad range of backgrounds making it inclusive.
It is simple to execute and easy to distibute.There are many community radio stations throughout Europe where My Top 5 can be distributed and shared.
What makes it unique is that residents from local communities take centre stage. They determine the input by sharing their experiences, wishes and aspirations alongside their favourite music.

€ 36500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 52500,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel and accomodation 6000 Office expenses 2000 Marketing & PR 4000 Personnel/project management 15000 Technical facilities/equipment 6000 Hosting costs 5000 Rental facilities 10000 Permits (use of media) 3000 unforseen/contingency1500 Totals 52500

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Help broaden the network by participating in your own area Ideas which can strengthen the project


I. Aslam

Idea created on March 4, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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