European Encounters


Who is behind this?

Sevim Akdag

interaction Leipzig e. V.



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Interaction wants to instigate a touring museum - an art exhibition with programmed events in public spaces. The museum will showcase art works and performances by refugees from across Europe. As a touring museum, it will travel to different countries and cities in Europe. The exhibition will explore refugee perspectives on contemporary and future Europe. Through European Encounters we aim to provide an important opportunity for refugees to be recognised and listened to.

Where will your idea take place?

Leipzig / different cities across Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

Refugee issues tend to be discussed in the media and in public without hearing the voices of refugees. There are discussions about refugees but no discourse with them. Therefore these discussions tend to stigmatize or victimise refugees. This does not only affect the public perception but also social interactions within society.

Currently it is difficult for the majority of refugees to actively participate in social life. Language barriers and social exclusion are only two of the reasons.

What is your impact?

We want to give refugees a platform to speak for themselves and to share their perspectives, expertise and talents. We want to give refugees a voice through art and performance. Our aim is to encourage greater understanding and to promote positive exchanges between different communities.
The touring exhibition will continiusly expand. This is just the starting point for a collection of contributions and ideas for a life-worthy, community-based Europe 2020.

How do you get there?

We want to invite 25 artists and performers with a refugee background. The artists showing work and performing will live all over Europe and will be selected on an open call through our partner organisations across Europe. Partner organisations include i.e. Counterpoints Arts in London, UK, European Meeting Center Nowy Staw Foundation in Lublin, Poland and Consorzio SIS in Italy. We will organise and curate a contemporary art exhibition with local partners in Leipzig. After the first stop in Leipzig, we will tour with the “museum” at selected places where the participating artists are based. We will continously extend the exhibtion with the contributions we collect at the touring destinations.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We at interaction Leipzig e.V. are a group of people with and without refugee backgrounds. We work together to promote encounters on eye-level. Our focus is on working with refugees instead of offering a service to them. We set up events to bring together local communites with and without refugee backgrounds.
European Encounters is for the European public - we want to open up a long-term dialogue, create encounters and inspire artistic expression.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Refugees will actively be able to reprensent themselves. Through their art and performance they will be able to raise questions that matter to them. All we provide is a framework for these aritstic expressions.
We want to open up discussions which are crucial for Europe now and in 2020. We do not offer a preconseived solution but see our idea as an inclusive project that will grow with the touring of the museum.

We willl document our process and will make it accessible online for everybody.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

curators and artists 21000 travel costs 9000 material/ exhibition costs 7000 transport costs 8000 public promotion 5000

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Seaching for artists in the widest sense: fine artists, photographers, artists of every day life, perfomers, musicians, writers, video/media artists to make a contribution to Europe 2020.



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

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