What is the Transeuropa Festival about? Who is behind it? How is it made possible?
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Transeuropa Festival is a unique transnational festival of culture, arts and politics, taking place in 14 cities all over Europe. It is not 14 different festivals happening at the same time, but one festival taking place throughout the continent.
Through a series of linked practices, events and discourses – from panel discussions to performances, video screenings and forums – it produces a shared and collaborative space, to promote an alternative idea of Europe.
The 2012 edition of the the Festival address three main themes, connected with the current context: the economic crisis and the possibility of alternatives to austerity measures; the new forms of political mobilisation and their potential for rethinking democracy; and migrations and movements as an essence of Europe and a way to rethink citizenship.
The 2012 edition of the Transeuropa Festival opens on the 9th of May with a transnational walk, a common and shared gesture happening simultaneously in all the Festival’s cities. Then, each of the theme will be explored in each city and in dialogue with the others through various forms – panel discussions, performances, video screenings and forums, or other kind of activities such as ‘living libraries’ and activities in the public space. The Festival is closed by a Transnational Agorà taking place in Rome at Teatro Valle on the 2nd and 3rd June, a moment of debate and action where representatives from all the Festival cities will converge, to explore the ways of maintaining the existence of the shared transnational space opened by the Festival.
Transeuropa Festival is organized by European Alternatives and the Transeuropa Network.
European Alternatives is a transnational organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. European Alternatives believes the nation state is no longer the appropriate political form in which to define democratic decision-making and active citizenship, equality between people, the respect and extension of rights. European Alternatives promotes its objectives by means of public events, research, activities promoting active citizenship, youth projects, campaigns and publications. It is active throughout Europe and in the rest of the world, and carries on its activities, locally, regionally, and transnationally at various levels.
The Transeuropa Network is a horizontal network of activists from throughout Europe working together for the emergence of a new and genuinely transnational European politics, culture and society. It is an innovative experiment in transnational, bottom-up democracy and participation that brings together all members of European Alternatives to collectively shape the organisation and its political and cultural positions. TN is organised through local groups with individual activists able to vote on or propose thematic priorities for the organisation, participating in running campaigns and activities. All together this is a team of over 100 activists, writers, thinkers, artists and curators from throughout the continent.
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Transeuropa Festival is the result of a participative process taking place throughout the year across Europe, involving more than 100 activists and volunteers, spread over 14 cities in 12 European countries, mobilised in order to achieve a real transnational festival.
Each city of the Festival has a local group of activists, who meet up during the year, organizing activities, taking forward campaigns and discussing the contents and activities of the Transeuropa Festival.
All the local groups work collaboratively during the year, thanks to a series of monthly meetings and a constant online communication, discussing common themes and building shared visions and proposals on the urgencies and priorities challenging Europe. The themes of the Festival themselves were chosen democratically through an online vote. This preparation is the ‘Festival before the Festival’: it is the creation of a transnational movement which presents itself publicly through the Festival itself.
All this make the Transeuropa Festival an unique one. All the events taking place during the Festival rise from a common root branching off beneath the European ground, crossing borders, beyond the nation state.
To take part in this process, become a member of the Transeuropa Network! More information here!