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The aim of the FREIRAUM (Free Space) project is to assess the state of freedom in Europe’s cities. What are the issues that come up when residents, sociologists and creative artists think about the concept of “freedom” in very local terms?

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Freiraum Dublin - Unser Film (Länderspezifisches Video)

Europe is poised to change. Populist and nationalist parties are gaining support in many countries. Scepticism towards the EU, such as was expressed in the Brexit referendum, for example, is not confined to Great Britain.
The Goethe-Institut sees itself as an Institution with a European mission. It stands for a vision of European integration, propounds a common European cultural space based on multicultural diversity and autonomy, and is committed to a corresponding set of values embracing inclusiveness, openness, generosity and justice. At the same time, it is conscious of the processes outlined above and the present situation, widely felt to be critical. Against this background, clinging blindly to the erstwhile narrative of European unity can easily be taken for a denial of reality. Europe has got to rise to this challenge, and in the same way, the Goethe-Institut must stress its continuing Euro-political commitment.
One contribution to this new orientation is the important "Freiraum" project which takes place from 2017 to 2019, during which each participating location developed a question related to the concept of freedom. As well as developing these local projects across Europe, each Goethe-Institut will be partnered with another in order to encourage the cross cultural exchange of ideas and solutions at a European level.

Creative Arts, community and improving access to higher education – a path to freedom in Europe?
As part of this Europe wide programme ‘Freiraum’ initiated by the Goethe-Institut, Dublin is looking at economic inequality and the limits to freedom in Europe. Within this context, this project seeks to build on a new partnership between the Trinity College access programmes and Dublin City Council to address inequalities in access to higher education in Dublin’s city centre. 
Dublin’s city centre is home to a diverse set of societal and educational challenges characterised by a progression rate to college which is less than half that of the national average. This project aims to empower second level students in areas underrepresented at third level by enabling them to participate in leadership projects which will focus on increasing awareness and engagement in the community with the creative arts.
Artists have a different way of thinking and often apply this way of thinking in surprising ways. The City Arts Office, a specialist developmental unit of Dublin City Council, will be working with Trinity College Dublin, the Goethe-Institut and the schools in the programme to introduce students to this way of thinking and to using their creativity and imagination to see opportunities in school and in their community. This will involve artists helping students to strengthen and deepen their experience of the Arts as audience members, participants and as practitioners. This project will take place in consultation with the Thinktank for Action on Social Change (TASC). Furthermore, with Nancy as project partner, there will be the direct exchange and thus the border-crossing examination of these project-related questions.
Our Local Partners:
Trinity Access Programmes (TAP)
Trinity Access Programmes’ mission is to work in partnership across the education sector and with students, teachers, families, communities and businesses to widen access and participation at third-level of under-represented groups in Ireland.
City Arts Office, Dublin City Council
Dublin City Arts Office is a specialist service within Dublin City Council that represents a strategic investment in the arts by the City Council. Leading, developing and working in partnership, they support artists, arts organisations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life.
Thinktank for Action on Social Change (TASC)

The Thinktank for Action on Social Change is an organisation that approaches promoting awareness of economic and social inequality and of democratic processes in a theoretical and practical way