Migration, Communities

leaving and arriving – VIA REGIA


Who is behind this?

Caroline Fischer

NETZ - Medien und Gesellschaft e.V.



Who is joining forces?

Рівненський обласний краєзнавчий музей



Unia Szlaków "Zachód - Wschód" (PL)



VIA REGIA - Projektnetzwerk Hessen



VIA REGIA - Europe, Cultures et Patrimoines (FR)

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We plan a travelling exhibition that should be shown in a tent in public spaces in 6 cities illustrating free and forced migrations in the 20th centuries along the route VIA REGIA. On concrete examples we want to show that our common European cultural space always developed through exchanges and movements of people, ideas, experiences, different approaches... Closing borders, coming back to national identities and being afraid of the foreign is a setback of European achievements and values.

Where will your idea take place?

8 cties in Hesse and Thuringia

Why does Europe need your idea?

We see a growing xenophobia, a regaining national consciousness, an increasing fear surrounding us - not in a single niche of society but in broad levels of population. Solidarity, values, helpfulness lose their meaning. This process has been latent in the people, now becomes more dynamic, brutal and comes into practice through the so-called „wave“ and „crises“ of refugees that are not seen as humans any more. Europe is reduced to a treaty community and loses the cohesion of its people.

What is your impact?

We aim at raising awareness that our continent and its people were always moving – only through this dynamic Europe became what we live in today. There is no pure national culture that developed in a vacuum. Everything in our daily live is a mixture that developed from exchanges. In everyones biography is a moving part. Knowing we all are migrants ourselfes we aim at creating openness for refugies and a common European community that will never stop to move. We aim at less fear in society.

How do you get there?

We want to develop a travelling exhibition (text and pictures) in an international team on migrations along the VIA REGIA – the oldest and longest road link between East and West of Europe. It will focus on the 20th century including migrations in connection with the two World Wars, the inner-German and European separation and the European unification. A second part will include examples of words, meals and other elements of everyday life that are seen as basically German but have moved from other regions into our life. This exhibition we will present in German public places like pedestrian areas - we will be present at location as communicators the whole time.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We want to reach a broad public – especially those who are not in touch with foreigners. We adress to people in smaller cities in regions with no borders to other countries and a small part of foreigners in society. We invite people that shop or just stroll in inner cities to achieve that they say „ah, the word I use is from France“ or „yes, my grandfather also came from ..." to open up their mind. Second group are multipliers that work with children and youth to transfer the methodology.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Special is the international team – we already have very difficult discussions on European migration history cause the history lessons we had in our countries do not fit together cross-borderly. So we face the fact that their is no European history everyone agrees on and this difference between „thruth, reality, image“ is very fruitful for the project.
Unusual is the combination between Werner Stüber an me – we are 36 year apart and developed the idea together from differing BRD and GDR backgrou

€ 30500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 30500,-

Total budget

Major expenses

building and transportation exibition and exhibition tent: 15.000 €, personnel costs for the whole tour organisation: 8.000 €, office expenses: 2.000 €, public relations, printing material: 3.000 €, travel and accomodation communicators: 2.500 €,



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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