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Beyond '91 - Portrait of the "perestroika winner


Who is behind this?

Sebastien Vannier

Babel Deutschland e.V.


Who is joining forces?

European magazine


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

7 countries. 7 reports. 7 languages. Exactly 25 years after the end of the Soviet Union, what are the most important daily issues facing the youth of the former Soviet states? We want to send young journalists to 7 countries (EST, LTU, LVA, BLR, UKR, MDA, RUS) to report beyond borders in bi-national, multimedia partnerships (text, photography, radio and video). These reports will be published in a cross-media e-book, in 7 languages, helping to develop a European dialogue.

Where will your idea take place?

7 countries (EST, LTU, LVA, BLR, UKR, MDA, RUS)

Why does Europe need your idea?

We seek to help people learn more about our European neighbors, their culture, their societies, and their daily challenges. Firstly, the journalists themselves will do so this due to the opportunity to report in bi-national teams. Secondly for our wider European audience not only gain access to different kinds of stories, but will also be able to do so in their own languages with the publication on cafébabel and on the ebook in 6 and 7 languages.

What is your impact?

There will be increased audience interest in the culture and daily life of neighbouring states. An open dialogue will be initiated between participants.

How do you get there?

1) Recruitment of 14 journalists from the 7 former Soviet countries involved in the project. Organisation of partnerships between participants to form 7 bi-national teams consisting of one journalists and one photographer/video-reporter.
2) Reporting on the ground including web support and a “making-of” enabling the audience to provide reaction to the series of reports.
3) Publication of the e-book in 7 different languages and on cafébabel in 6 languages.
4) Launch-event in Berlin with photography exhibition.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

This project is intentionally addressing itself to a wide European audience thanks to its translation aspect, with a special interest in targeting young people through the selection of topics. We will be helped in the diffusion of the project by the very wide and pan-european audience from the network of cafebabel. We intend to create other partnerships with media in the region.

What makes your idea stand apart?

There are several unconventional, but well managed, aspects to this project:
- The opportunity to learn about new EU-member countries and other neighbours such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Belarus, as well as Russia and Ukraine, through working together in bi-national teams
- The chance to reach an audience across the whole of Europe through publication in seven languages
- The new story-telling format utilising multimedia support through an e-book.

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

The main expenses will be associated with the reporting process itself, including the work of the 14 journalists, totally €12,250. This will cover travel and accommodation costs as well as remuneration for articles. Secondary costs include translation and edition into seven languages (€8,100), project coordination (6000€) and graphic design (€3,300 for a logo, website, and e-book). That leaves web-administration (€4,100) and the launch event in Berlin (€3,600), com' and administration fees.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

The community is more than welcome to contribute suggestions for particular topics in the associated countries. What kind of topics would you like to read relating to the society and daily issues beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union?

Project Journey



A lot has happened in the last few weeks:

  • We received the seven reports from seven countries
  • We edited and translated all the texts

At the moment we're working on the Beyond '91 website and we're planning to publish it on March 1st.

On March 17th we'll host the vernissage of the Beyond '91-exhibition in Berlin: selected works from the project will be presented and nearly all the journalists from the project will be present. We invited them to Berlin (it's part of our budget) so that we can have a work meeting with them (discussing the project, what we could have done better, etc.). It's nice to have the opportunity to get to know each other personally.

Until the launch of Beyond '91 we're busy with the search for media partners (especially in Eastern Europe).

svannier on May 17, 2017

14 journalists selected

Finally, we're ready: We have selected our 14 journalists who will work in seven teams in seven countries. The quality of the applications was great and so in some cases it was quite hard for us to decide on the best candidates - because they were all good.

The teams will go "on the ground" in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia this autumn/winter. But first they have to get together with their respective partners, decide on a report subject and organize their journey.

Meanwhile, the BEYOND 91 team is also busy: We set up a Facebook working group for the journalists, where we can keep them up to date and vice versa. We also set up our "Behind the scenes" blog on Medium, where we're going to share bits and pieces from the different journeys of the participants. We'll present the journalists, videomakers and photographs there and cover the part of the story readers most often don't get to see - how the story was made.

George Chandrinos, our Greek graphic designer, has designed a beautiful logo which we'll later use for our official Facebook page, Twitter account etc.

There's a lot of work at the moment, but also a great team spirit. Everyone's excited and energetic. We can't wait to read the final reports!

svannier on Oct. 8, 2016
Road to impact

About our project

BEYOND 91 has officially started: On August 4th 2016 we published our call looking for journalists, photographers and videomakers from 7 Middle and Eastern European countries to report about the "post-Perestroika" generation. You can find the call here:

Our editorial coordinator Prune Antoine will collect all the applications we receive and then the process of selecting the journalists will beginn.

For our last project BALKANS & BEYOND we were overwhelmed by the quality of the applications we received. Hopefully this will be the same for BEYOND 91!

Aside from recruting the journalists, we're also in the process of recruiting a graphic designer and engineer to create the "scrollytelling" website where we'll publish our reports. Our chosen journalists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia will go "on the ground" for their reports in autumn and winter of 2016.

svannier on Aug. 5, 2016

Why this idea?

What motivates the generation born “Beyond91” in former Soviet Union countries? What hopes, dreams and fears do they have for their lives, for their futures and for Europe? Exactly 25 years after the demise of the Soviet Union, the project “Beyond 91” helps to foster a European dialogue by sending young journalists from seven countries (Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) to explore these questions in bi-national, multimedia partnerships using text, photography, radio and video. The stories they gather will be available in seven languages and serve as the building blocks of a multi-layered portrait of the “perestroika-generation.”



Idea created on March 6, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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