Strasbourg & Nancy – Dublin How do I experience my borders if I am so close to others?

How does the close border to Germany influence people’s everyday lives here? was the opening question in Strasbourg. Here, at the core of a European community, the workshop participants launch an appeal for cooperation – and cooperation only works in a border area if freedom of movement is guaranteed. So how can the mobility of ideas, social interaction and the arts be guaranteed in an age in which many people would rather seal themselves off from the outside world?


The Freiraum projects of the Dublin–Nancy/Strasbourg tandem seek answers to the question of the nature of boundaries and limits. Can barriers – whether physical, symbolic or economic – be surmounted or at least practically and psychologically negotiated? In both cities, the projects target young people with a view to opening up new perspectives and room for manoeuvre in various formats. The Goethe-Institut Nancy/Strasbourg has joined forces with the Théâtre National de Strasbourg to hold a theatre workshop on I am Europe, a play by Falk Richter, with teens aged 13 to 15 who have no prior theatrical experience. The play will be premiered in Strasbourg in January 2019.

Dublin’s partners, the Trinity Access Programme and the Dublin City Council, seek to enable pupils from socially disadvantaged parts of the city to consider going to university. Working with visual artists and taking part in theatre workshops on the subject of freedom in Europe should help them use their imagination and creative thinking to make out more future opportunities for themselves.

(September 2018)

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