TRANSEUROPA FESTIVAL 2015: beyond fragments
TRANSEUROPA is a festival of arts, culture and politics, organised every second year. The last edition of the festival took place throughout Europe: in multiple cities in September and in Belgrade October 1-5, 2015
Participants came from all corners of Europe and even further, and we are so pleased to see so many connections emerge from the festival. Now comes the time to follow up on this and to value the community we brought together.
The festival is transnational in its fabric, concept and content. Its main objective is to create a temporary space for people from throughout Europe to exchange, co-create and find common ground for future actions to call for democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. The programme is conceived of with various professionals, activists and artists throughout Europe in order to tackle the most burning issues facing the continent from a transnational point of view.
For #TEF15, these issues were war on the European continent, the rise of nationalism, the danger of the unravelling of the European Union (Brexit and Grexit), the continuation of self-defeating economic policies and mass unemployment, the persistence of corruption, the hecatomb in the Mediterranean, increased attacks on human rights and the questioning of freedom of movement for European citizens and migrants alike. These tendencies push us away from the core political principles of justice, unity and solidarity. But there were also positive, albeit fragmented signs. #TEF15 aimed at giving a strong push in this direction and at going beyond fragments.
Watch Daphne, one of the co-organisers of the festival, talk about the Festival and its 2015 edition. On the same youtube channel, other participants of the festival are also sharing their thoughts on going beyond fragments.