We set up a huge real labyrinth in public spaces (railway station, market place, etc) in cities of the 4 Visegrad countries (Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Cracow). We use it as a tool to challenge the rapidly growing eurosceptic, populist or hostile feelings of ordinary citizens, passer-byers towards the European project and make them aware that only respect and daily practice of common values can save Europe. Only with this positive conclusion you will find your way out of the labyrinth.
Budapest (HU), Bratislava (SK), Prague (CZ), Cracow (PL)
Our project challenges the current situation in Europe: it carries a definite no to euroscepticism, to narrow national mindedness, to populism and hatred not by high-flying statements but connecting and uniting the voice of ordinary citizens of the 4 Visegrad countries by finding their way out of a real labyrinth. Common action leading to cohesion is the only way to safeguard the European project.
Public perception about Europe is gradually dominated by euroscepticism, narrow-national mindedness resulting in indifferent or even hostile citizens’ attitude. Our common values ranging from democracy through the rule of law to respect of human rights are in danger. Political leadership is missing when the EU and its institutions fail to find answers to the current crises situation. The project brings back the belief in common values shared by ordinary citizens acting as a pressure group.
The project has the following elements:
1) Preparatory meeting in Budapest: project partners discuss the issues and questions to be raised at the public, open-air events where the Europe Labyrinth will be used and fix timetable; preparation of panels, printed materials and gadgets to be used;
2) on-line campaign prior the Europe Labyrinth Tour: raise awareness and engage younger generation;
3) Europe Labyrinth Tour in 4 locations (Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Cracow) of the Visegrad countries. The labyrinth is set up in centrally located places to attract a large number of citizens;
4) Preparation and dissemination of the final publication: compilation of ideas, opinions collected during the Europe Labyrinth Tour.
We don’t do it for the „usual suspects” but for ordinary citizens especially those who are seemingly not conscious about their being European citizens, who are fed-up with politicians’ high-flying statements and are easy targets of nationalistic, eurosceptic or hostile political attitudes. With the help of our labyrinth we intend to challenge this negative approach and engage them in a discussion where the presence and importance of common values in their daily life is clearly manifested.
The unconventional element of the project is the labyrinth itself. It is a mobile, 100 sqm (10*10 m) installation in an innovative format. It has been already tested in the framework of the Civil Trust Building project (2012) of the European House with convincing results: it has attracted a large number of citizens of the street and promoted dialogue among them.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
1) Labyrinth concept development+printing new panels: 8500; 2) Transportation of labyrinth + local permissions (4 locations): 9000; 3) Labyrinth team (travel, accommodation, per diem): 9000; 4) media promotion (online and printed): 3000; 5) Labyrinth printed materials + gadgets: 9000; 6) Preparatory meeting in Budapest: 1500; 7) staff cost: 9000