|Amsterdam||Pakhuis de Zwijger /
Re:think & Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM)
|Pakhuis de Zwijger is a place that nurtures debate and, together with the Re:think Foundation, uses art and discourse to explore power structures in politics, culture, economics and science. The organization has been encouraging collaboration, networking and exchange since 2006. Yasser Almaamoun is a Syrian activist and architect. He works for a Berlin-based architecture practice, is involved in the “Multaka” project at the German Historical Museum (DHM), and is “Foreign Minister” for the artist collective Center for Political Beauty.|
Προσωρινή Ακαδημία Τεχνών
(Temporary Academy of Arts)
|The Temporary Academy of Arts (PAT) is a mobile academy for professional artists and lay people. As an experimental, self-organized training center, it seeks to offer art students alternative teaching methods and the opportunity to familiarize themselves with other social models.|
|Banska Bystrica||Not In Our town /
|The initiative Not In Our Town opposes racism and xenophobia and seeks to build an inclusive society. It uses film, social media and organizational tools to promote civic engagement at a local level. Founded in 2011, the Záhrada Cultural Center is a contemporary arts space and important meeting place that delivers over 200 events a year.|
|Barcelona||Fundación Secretariado Gitano
|The Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) is an intercultural organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the Roma community in Spain and throughout Europe.|
|Film and TV director Andrijana Stojković has made several short and full-length feature and documentary films. Her work has been shown and won awards at film festivals in Rotterdam, Sofia, Havana, Marseille and at the Raindance Film Festival. She is the founder of All Inclusive Films, a production company committed to contemporary formats with a focus on hybrid docu-fiction forms. She is also a co-founder of Filmkultura, an educational association for audiovisual culture. She teaches courses in "Documentary Filmmaking" and "Contemporary Directing" at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
KROKODIL is an initiative dedicated to the realization of literary, cultural and socio-political projects with the aim of generating and nurturing a culturally interested public. It advocates the need for conciliatory dialogue and seeks to rebuild broken relationships in the Western Balkans. KROKODIL was founded by the Serbian writer Vladimir Arsenijević.
Škograd/Schulstadt/Schoolcity is a collective that works on the long term urban-educational action research aiming to initiate community activities and dialogue in one of Belgrade’s informal suburban settlements called Ledine.
|Brussels||Beursschouwburg||Founded in 1955, the Beursschouwburg is an arts center and meeting place for young artists situated in the heart of Brussels. It offers a varied program of events: theatre productions, film screenings, concerts, exhibitions, readings, discussions and parties. Art historian Tom Bonte is the center’s artistic director.|
|Bucharest||Ruxandra Tuchel||Ruxandra Tuchel is a journalist und has been working for the public Romanian public service broadcasting authorities SRTV since 1994. From 2011 until February 2013, she was producer and head of the department „TVR Cinema” and has been from 2013 on producer in the department TVR1. Among others, she received the prize from the Romanian filmmaker union UCIN (2012) for the direction of the documentary Teatru–Verite” (a production by TVR Cultural in 2011).|
|Budapest||Eötvös Károly Institute for Politics (EKINT)||The Eötvös Károly Institute for Politics (EKINT) was founded in 2003 by Open Society Foundations as a framework for shaping public democratic processes in Hungary, to raise awareness of democracy, personal rights, political culture and to encourage solidarity. EKINT’s president is László Majtényi, Hungary's leading data protection officer from 1995-2011 and the Hungarian President’s only opponent in the 2017 presidential elections.|
|Jane Dudman is an artist, curator and researcher based in Cumbria. She has a research masters and a PhD in Digital Media and Fine Art from Newcastle University. Her work is currently sound and performance based with a particular focus on collaborative processes, the spoken word and everyday life. Her artistic research explores the particularity of ordinary experience through sound manipulation and performance strategies, relating the private to the public. She is currently exploring translation, transcription and collective speaking as a form of sense making. Jane has a background in participatory and socially engaged arts practice and has worked in the UK for the past 20 years creating and managing arts projects in health, education and community settings. She has directed many live art events, several international artists’ exchanges and has shown her work widely in Europe and beyond.
AWAZ Cumbria is a community organization that has been working to empower the voices of under-represented people and marginalized communities in Cumbria, a county in the north of England, since 2005. Its aim is to make Cumbria a place where everyone is welcomed to live, learn and work; where people respect and celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity; and where all communities work together to tackle discrimination and promote mutual understanding.
|Copenhagen||Copenhagen Architecture Festival||Founded in 2014, the Copenhagen Architecture Festival takes place yearly over the course of two weeks. Through film screenings, city walks, exhibitions, workshops and discussions it aims to explore how architecture shapes our lives – and how our lives shape architecture. The festival sees architecture as a spatial and a cultural practice.|
|Autonomia is a foundation that seeks to empower girls and young women. Founded in 2007, this NGO strives to help build a society that values equality, freedom, diversity and justice.
Adopting an intersectional perspective, the Autonomia team address the systemic basis of discrimination and violence in our society. Empowerment, emancipatory education and empathy for victims of discrimination are the key priorities in their efforts to bring about changes in society.
Autonomia’s main activities:
Beata Kowalska is a sociologist at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She teaches feminist sociology, gender studies, development studies and postcolonial studies. As a researcher and anti-discrimination activist, Kowalska has studied Muslim feminism and the situation of women in the Middle East. She has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Vienna, Amman and Buffalo, among others.
|Dresden||Kunsthaus Dresden||Kunsthaus Dresden is a municipal gallery of contemporary art with a varied exhibition and educational program. One of its main goals is to make artistic forms of expression and content accessible to a wider public through its changing exhibitions.|
|Dublin||Trinity Access Programme (TAP) /
City Arts Office, Dublin City Council /
TASC (Think Tank for Action on Social Change)
|TAP, the Trinity Access Program based at Trinity College, Dublin, offers practice-based educational programs for people from socially disadvantaged and under-represented groups. The City Arts Office is a specialist service within Dublin City Council that promotes partnership working and supports artists, arts organizations and the city’s communities to deliver quality arts experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life. TASC, the Think Tank for Action on Social Change, is an organization that works both theoretically and practically to raise people's awareness of economic and social inequality and promote democratic processes.|
|Genoa & Turin||YEPP (Youth Empowerment Partnership Programme)
Centro studi MEDÌ
|Active in 14 countries, the Youth Empowerment Partnership Program (YEPP) is dedicated to supporting young people in socially disadvantaged communities, both with and without a migrant background. YEPP believes that in order for young people to become actors in creating positive social change, they must be allowed to develop their skills and be offered opportunities for exchange and stimulation.
Centro studi MEDÌ. Migrazioni nel Mediterraneo, an independent research centre based in Genoa, researches and works on migration dynamics and the changes they bring about in Italy and Europe.
|Helsinki||STOA||STOA is a municipal arts centre in East Helsinki, an international part of the Finnish capital marked by its sizeable immigrant population. STOA’s orientation, particularly in its performing arts programmes, is international and contemporary, and the centre serves as a place for daily users to learn, read and socialize. STOA will also be hosting the Freiraum activities in September as part of its Nomads Festival.|
|Ljubljana||RTV Slovenia||Film director and producer Maja Ziberna manages the information department at RTV Slovenia (Radiotelevizija Slovenija), Slovenia’s national public broadcasting organization. Ziberna reports on society, culture and current events in a program called “Studio City”.|
LUCA (Luxembourg Center for Architecture) /
University of Luxembourg
|Ian de Toffoli is a publisher, writer, literary critic and theater producer who teaches at the University of Luxembourg, a university founded in 2003. Rotondes is a cultural center that nurtures young talent and young audiences and produces a wide range of events: from art to theater, conferences, educational projects and workshops. LUCA, the Luxembourg Center for Architecture, is a non-profit organization that promotes good architecture as a core social value. Open to the general public, LUCA also offers a diverse events program and has represented Luxembourg at the Venice Biennale since 2004.|
|Lyon||Image Aigue||Christiane Véricel, founder of Image Aigue theatre company, works with actors from different cultures, backgrounds and ages. Children, teenagers and adults find theatrical forms of expression that do not involve words but rather body language and individual expression. Véricel works in socially deprived neighborhoods throughout the world, developing stories of difference, identity and belonging.|
|Madrid||Fundación Instituto de Cultura Gitana (FIGC)||The Fundación Instituto de Cultura Gitana (FIGC) is a foundation within the Spanish Ministry of Culture dedicated to promoting and disseminating Roma culture and fighting discrimination. The FIGC works towards the harmonious coexistence of different social groups, the preservation of Roma cultural heritage and the promotion of Roma culture and language.|
|Marseille||Hors d'atteinte publishing house||Founded by Ingrid Balazard and Marie Hermann, Hors d'atteinte will be publishing its first books in early 2019. The name, which literally means “out of reach”, suggests something subtle and nimble, a place impervious to attack. Its two interconnected series of books, "Literatures" and “Facts & Ideas”, develop new interpretative tools and frameworks with a view to understanding a rapidly and profoundly changing world. One focus of the publications will be on feminism, but they will also explore such subjects as populism and nationalism, urban development policy and major environmental scandals.|
||Founded jointly by members of the Senegalese and Italian community, Sunugal promotes social and cultural exchange between the two countries. The organization sees itself as a bridge between immigrants and their families in Senegal, carries out development work in Africa, provides information in Italy about the Global South and supports non-European immigrant groups.|
|Naples||Bianco-Valente||The artistic duo Giovanna Bianco and Pino Valente – Bianco-Valente for short – have lived and worked together in Naples since 1993. Fascinated by the duality of body and soul, Bianco-Valente’s work deals with science, astrology and literature. In videos and interactive installations, they explore linguistic, spatial and social relationships and processes.|
|Nicosia||ARTos Foundation||The ARTos Foundation is a center for contemporary art and science dedicated to encouraging both scientific research and creativity: a space where learning, chaos and imagination are brought together. Artist/creators and scientist/creators are given the freedom to let their inspiration guide them – while being supported at a local and international level.|
|Oslo||Den mangfaldige scenen (DMS)||Den mangfaldige scenen (DMS) is a theatre in Oslo where you are heard and seen as the person you are. It’s a place where a sound, a step, a touch or a word becomes an encounter. A locus of cultural diversity where you can grow and mature. Young people here learn to take the stage and maybe even pursue professions in dance, theatre or drama. Our hierarchies are flat: young people can work with mentors to define their own brand of theatre here.|
|Paris||Ira Bliatka, PhD
A Night of Philosophy
|Independent researcher and instrumentalist
Ira is interested in topics of public space, inclusion, and participation. She joined Freiraum on behalf of Prague-partner IFD21 and contributed to a project about gentrification and its effects on ethnic and social diversity in Prague and Marseille. She wrote a PhD thesis on the reanimation of border logics in the EU integration project, and taught international politics in Aberystwyth University. Her work focuses on new story-telling formats combining text, image, and sound, and on music as a means to more empathetic, creative societies.
Philosopher and theater director Mériam Korichi writes about Spinoza, Andy Warhol and human emotions in her books. Her theatre plays and adaptations have been performed worldwide. At the interface between science, theater and art event, she initiated “A Night of Philosophy” in Paris in 2010, which has since taken place every year in a different city in the world.
Edouard Burgeat is an artist born in Paris in 1988 and graduated from Central Saint Martins (London) in 2012.
His work incorporates various practice such as installation, sculpture, photography, film & drawing. It explores the commonly known History and the relation & connections between times via specific ethnologic, economic, aesthetic and cultural situations.
Edouard Burgeat has been involved in the Freiraum since December 2018 and developed the exhibition project between Paris and Ljubljana, with the Goethe-Institut in France and Slovenia. The installation will be a combination of works by Boris Beja and himself, curated by Miha Kelemina & Hana Ostanozbolt.
|Prague||Institute H21||Founded by a young mathematician and entrepreneur, the Institute H21 is a start-up that develops voting algorithms. The independent foundation aims to save the world from more Trumps and Brexits by replacing one-vote, plurality voting with multi-vote, consensus-centred methods, and reverse current political apathy through “gamification” of elections.|
|Riga||Žanis Lipke Memorial
Ģertrūdes ielas teātris (GIT)
|The Žanis-Lipke memorial commemorates the Lipke family, which hid more than 50 inhabitants of the Jewish ghetto in Riga during the Second World War, saving them from the Nazi regime.
Ģertrūdes ielas teātris (GIT) in Riga is a forum for contemporary art, a venue for professional theatre, dance and performance art productions. Local and international artists perform their plays here. The GIT also holds non-commercial concerts and exhibitions and participates in various art mediation and education initiatives. Our guiding values are relevance, courage and audacity, sensitivity, creative exploration, openness, professionalism and determination to achieve well-conceived goals.
|Rijeka||Drugo More||Active since 1999, Drugo More is a non-profit organization that focuses on social and community issues. Because Drugo More believes that art, culture and international exchange are key tools for the organization of knowledge transfer, they take an interdisciplinary approach to art funding, science and cultural theory. It promotes film, performance, cultural research and educational events.|
|Rome||daSud||daSud is an antimafia association founded in 2005. The aim of the association is to fight mafia with culture, political rights and participation. daSud works primarily on formal and non formal education in a roman suburban school, with a special attention on gender equality. Since 2009, the association has its headquarters in Rome and produces campaigns, graphic novels and offers theatre and cinema events from an antimafia point of view. daSud works in collaboration with Italian Ministry of education and representatives of the art world.|
The Academy for Women
Akademija scenskih umjetnosti Sarajevo – Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo (ASU)
|The Academy for WOMEN is an NGO in B&H which aims to inform and develop potentials of women and youth in all public spheres through non-formal education. The intention is to promote women's rights, gender equality, political and media literacy in the society in a way that women and young people become aware of their potential, role in the society and recognise opportunities for a change of the narratives in politics and in the society. Through different activities we want to empower our target groups to think critically and take part in socio-political developments in B&H.
Founded in 1981, The Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo was the first drama school in Bosnia Herzegovina. Today it offers courses in acting, directing, cinematography, editing, sound design and film production. All teaching staff have industry experience and foreign students now make up 40% of the student body.
|Skopje||Kontrapunkt||Established in 2001, Kontrapunkt is an organization whose main focus is socio-critical activism and the relationship between art, theoretical philosophy and politics. Kontrapunkt encourages artists and independent groups to organize themselves and generate projects, thus contributing to the development of an independent cultural scene in Skopje.|
|Sofia||New Bulgarian University||The New Bulgarian University in Sofia was founded in 1991 by intellectuals with the intention of modernizing post-communist studies in Bulgaria. Rumen Petrov is a sociologist at the university.|
|Stockholm||Mitt 127 /
|Mitt 127 is an initiative started up by young people for young people in Skärholmen, a district on the outskirts of Stockholm. Mitt 127 organizes festivals, initiates educational programmes and raises political awareness among young local residents. The charity Expo also documents and investigates right-wing violence and extremist tendencies in society and works to raise awareness through education programs in schools.|
|Strasbourg||TNS||The Théâtre National de Strasbourg (TNS) is the only French national theatre outside of Paris, which makes it an especially important venue in the French theatre scene. The TNS puts on more than fifteen plays per season, including several in-house and coproductions. It also hosts a wide range of events called "L'autre saison", admission to which is free of charge. "In a society increasingly threatened by violence and individual withdrawal,” says TNS director Stanislas Nordey, “the strength of our theatres lies in continually forging new ties: the theatre as a rallying point around the words of the poet.” Nordey has called on ten international artists, including German director Falk Richter, to assist in putting together the theatre’s programme. Richter’s play I Am Europe premiered at the TNS in January 2019.|
|Tallinn||Kanuti Gildi SAAL||Founded in 2001, Kanuti Gildi SAAL is Estonia’s first independent performing arts center. Since it does not have its own ensemble, the center works with freelance artists and theatre companies and, for most of its productions, the artistic process itself is a central part of the work. Kanuti Gildi SAAL is internationally networked and organizes the SAAL Biennaal performing arts festival in Tallinn.|
|Thessaloniki||ARTBOX - Creative Arts Management||Founded in 1989, ArtBOX is an arts management agency that develops and produces contemporary art projects. To date, ArtBOX has organized over 200 exhibitions, conferences, festivals and other events in Greece (Art Athina International Art Fair, Artecitya, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art…) as well as in 33 cities around the world (New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Venice…).|
|Tirana||Edit Pulaj||The artist Edit Pulaj (*1974) spent a number of years in Norwich and London before returning to Albania in 2009. In her painting she deals with color and the inherent ability to communicate and interact.|
|Vilnius||Jugend debattiert Alumni||The Jugend Debattiert Alumni club in Lithuania, which has been active since March 2017, was initiated by participants of the international debating competition, Jugend Debattiert International. The club is dedicated to nurturing the culture of debate in Lithuania and aims to motivate young people to engage in socially relevant topics. It organizes workshops that give young people the chance to express their opinions.|
|Warsaw||Fundacja Panoptycon||Founded in 2009, Fundacja Panoptykon is committed to ensuring transparency in the digital realm and to providing clear boundaries for the use of (state) surveillance: it believes that digital technology should not be used without our knowledge, or beyond societal control or legal frameworks. The organization’s founder, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, is an expert on the risks of digital footprints.|