MOSAIK Verein zur Förderung der europäischen Identität
Routes is a one-day-event that makes its participants experience Europe first hand, right where they are, in their own city. Via different country stations, participants gets to know Europe in a low-threshold and entertaining atmosphere and are able to experience it with all their senses. Thereby their interest, knowledge, empathy and explorative courage for other people, cultures and countries in Europe shall be increased and a positive European spirit reinforced.
Participation in democracies requires a sentiment of emotional belonging. We are convinced: Europe is a feeling! As a basis for empathy, cooperation and peace in Europe, European citizens need to get to know Europe emotionally in order to feel European and be interested in European politics.
Routes can only sustain itself if it has to chance to grow into a regular major event happening once/ year in Vienna and furthermore move to other cities. If it can establish itself and grow its reputation, other cities will be interested in organising this European journey in their own city.
We have already managed to organize the event 2 times and plan to do it again in 2018. 2019 would be the chance to really use the framework we created (experience Europe emotionally - feel European - through that open up to European content!) and fill it with more sustainable content on democracy - hence we propose to cooperate in our closing event with another Advocate Europe project and fill it with their content.
Ever since my European Voluntary Service in Madrid, I wanted to share this particular “European feeling” with people around me, especially those, who have not had the chance to travel. With Routes I want to give people the chance to actually FEEL what Europe means.
While Routes is definitely an event, which also brings together “Europe fanatics”, a special focus is placed on including those, who are not in touch with European matters in their everyday life, as it is most crucial to support them in developing a positive European identity for themselves.
Are you also led by the vision of creating a positive European identity? Would you like to co-organize with us a creative side event on democracy during our 2019 event? Then please share your thoughts with us!