Who is behind this?

Maximilian Stern



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

A secluded place in the Alpine heart of Europe, where tomorrow’s leading political thinkers meet the continent’s cultural avant-garde to debate across disciplines our society’s upcoming challenges.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Re/fugium brings a temporary focal point for the exchange between arts and politics to Europe. This exchange will generate creative ideas for Europe’s upcoming challenges.
Re/fugium is neither a one-time congress, nor a permanent institution. It does open a debate, but does not anticipate its results. Re/fugium is not affiliated with a political orientation. Re/fugium is not dominated by elderly men. Re/fugium brings the most up-to-date debate into the remote Alps, away from the bustling cities. Thereby, it is different from any other initiative.
The transfer of the idea through the creation of a lasting network stands at the very core of Re/fugium as outlined above.

What is your impact?

A successful Re/fugium will become a focal point for Europe’s wild and young political and arts scene. Its temporality makes it unique and attractive. Those who have stayed at Re/fugium will spread not only the insights they have acquired in the debates at Re/fugium, but also the very idea of bringing together arts and politics. Thus, while there is no need for institutionalizing Re/fugium, it aims at establishing a network of young activists in politics and arts that carry on the deliberations and its format could thereby become an inspiring model for Europe’s societal debate.

How do you get there?

The search for a locality has already begun, with different options identified and currently under evaluation. The same yields for fundraising.

September - November 2015, the program will be developed in collaboration with partners from the political and the arts scene. Also, guests will be identified, selected and invited.

In October 2015, a pilot project will be carried out to test the idea and to get further insights on practical aspects.

The actual project will start in March 2016 with the first guests at Re/fugium. From then on, every month will see a different topic of debate and one or two weekends with selected guests from all over Europe. The last guests will depart in November 2016.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 200000,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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