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Here are projects that have been showcased during the NCG Forums since 2009. Culture, social inclusion, environment, solidarity, media..., they all have on thing in common: the aim to strengthen the notion of citizenship and "living together".

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Klepisko

Klepisko is a unique art hub and theatre situated under a thatched roof. It involves youth and very dedicated young graduate professional actors, artists, musicians and film-makers. Project initiated in summer 2015 situated in abandoned barn in a small polish village, gives opportunity to access cultural events and workshops for kids and residents of the surrounding area.

Jan, Paula / Lublin

My Art Deserves A Home

My Art Deserves A Home is a project set up to encourage homeless people in shelters across Dublin to engage with artworkshops, giving them a positive opportunity to socialise with one another, relax and express themselves creatively. The therapeutic nature of these workshops is particularly beneficial to these individuals who are trying to cope up with a very stressful situation.

Anna / Dublin

CookforCouch

CookforCouch brings an option for travellers seeking a place abroad to stay with local hosts. The deal is that the traveller buy the ingredients, prepare a traditional meal from their home country and share the recipe with the host as an expression of thanks for the hospitality. We are focused on the people who seek an authentic experience shared with others from around the world to share a meal and interesting conversation around a table: from poor students and adventure-seekers who want to immerse in local culture, to those who are maybe unable to travel and who are willing to open their homes and kitchens as hosts.

Jérémie / Nantes

USE-IT Nantes

USE-IT Nantes is a useful alternative tourism map, it is for free and without advertising, in English, made for young travellers, by locals. Its main objective is to share a selection of cool and unusual places: the sights, bars, places to go out and many other treasures which can be found in Nantes. Thanks to this project Nantes can join a European network of Use-it maps.

 Louis, Ismaël, Lisa / Nantes

Poupi Le Nuage

Mix between a speechbubble and a cloud, Poupi Le Nuage is meant to create social cohesion. It incites people to go meet everyone. Poupi likes to travel all over the world and make lots of friend. You can express yourself through it, strike a pose and get an original picture. But it would have been difficult if there was only one Poupi. That’s why it got cloned. Now, everyone can adopt his Poupi to set off on an adventure to the four corners of the world... while travelling as well as during the daily life. 

Tristan, Adeline / Nantes

Danza Nantes

Danza Nantes is a free dance festival that brings together academic and urban dances in the form of workshops and shows. The objective is to allow access to the art of dance as well as provide an open mind on different styles. It’s a moment when young actors from the city of Nantes but also from elsewhere meet and create together.

Louise, Léa / Nantes

Couffkoff

Young people from the KOUAKILARIV’ association teach other youngsters to use a professional camera. They help them to frame their shots, select images and prepare their own exhibition.

Antsa / Nantes

Utopia Helsinki

Promote access to culture for all young people by respecting their differences and fighting discrimination (on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, etc.); young people are involved in organising cultural activities and events for young people.

Aikku and Atlas / Helsinki

A case of belonging

Exchange intercultural experiences based on an original play expressing the identities of the playwrights, their conception of borders and their native country, and also their memories.

Sinead and Rachel / Bishop Auckland

HIP HOP - EUROPEAN EXPRESSION

This educational and social project targets the exchange and promotion of different cultures of the urban hip-hop dance style. During an international forum in Nantes, several European dance groups should gather in order to strengthen the passion of hip-hop dancing the young French people have, as well as to familiarize the broader public with this urban culture by the means of shows, schools of dance, workshops and others.

Esthelle, Nathan, Sabrina / Nantes

Paint the City, paint it yourself

Paint the City! is a community project to beautify neglected public facilities which are used every day. Since the April 2013 the inhabitants of Bratislava have been using bus-stops decorated by artistic elements. The goal is to bring the joy of the use of those facilities so that they serve their purpose with dignity, and also to encourage citizens themselves to greater solidarity and responsibility for their environment.

Slavomir,  Maros / Bratislava

The city is yours

The city is yours is a mobile cultural center with the purpose of taking the participants to undiscovered places in their own city as a way to create social mobility and break down segregation walls. That way participants get the opportunity to form their opinion based on their own experiences rather than on stereotypes and prejudices. We use hip hop culture with focus on breakdance as a platform to create a new and natural interaction among people beyond the district boundaries. Everybody can make a unique interpretation from dance grounds and, in this way, have the freedom to create and find himself in the process. 

Ernesto, Daniel / Goteborg

Losing the Threat: Knitting in Time

"Losing the Threat: Knitting in Time" is a project that aims at using knitting as an activity to spend time together and create a final collective design project. The objective would be to set a group of knitters through an open call. After learning the basic knitting techniques, three designers from different cities will be invited to co-design the final project with the knitters.

Angela, Lucia / Naples

Everybody loves French accents

This project will create a place of communication where young people from France will have the opportunity to practice English while discussing with each other or with the volunteers around the interactive installation that will further integrate the visitors of the site. The main objective is to encourage French people to speak English and to allow them to open themselves to the world.

Tiphaine / Nantes

Photomarathon

Discover your town through photographs: young people organise their own photo marathon in Nantes, Saarbrücken and Tbilisi to promote and deepen relationships between young people in these three twin towns.

Anna-Rebekka and Joséphine / Saarbrücken

OK CORRAL

OK CORRAL Studios and Residency: Young artists supporting young artists: workshop and residency for 20 young graduate artists. Support the launch of young artists onto the art market and facilitate mobility throughout Scandinavia for them.

Troels and Phillip / Copenhagen

Role of Art and Culture Entrepreneurship on Social Reflections

The project aims to share the examples which created social benefits in the artistic and cultural field within the frame of social entrepreneurship. This project (first of its kind in Turkey) is developed and organized as a series and creates awareness about living together. It also creates a ‘shared space’ for the people with different backgrounds.

Bilge / Istanbul

Blackport Design Kollectiv

Students from the Pforzheim Design School organise artistic activities and shared experiences with young people. These activities area aimed at developing the creative industries and the appeal of their towns, ending the isolation of students and reinforcing the bond with local residents.

Janusch and Simon / Pforzheim

Breaking tour

BREAKING TOUR is a project that supposes a creation of a mobile studio that would make a tour of Europe in order to meet the activists of different urban cultures. The main idea is to highlight the groups, communities of artists, associations and others, thus creating dynamic of exchange among the European youth through the common activities such as music recordings, radio broadcasts, reports and so on.

Antoine, David / Nantes

Picnic Festival for human Diversity

Large picnic with music and lectures for free with over 6,000 visitors in a park of Goetborg. Philosophy: Constantly working for and not against.

Anna, Kalle, Sebastian / Goetborg

Young Dance Laboratory

Since four years Young Dance Laboratory combines verbal and non-verbal forms of expression in order to explore new aspects and new forms of artistic work. Working together as a company, being part of it and at the same time being someone special – these are some of the experiences. Current project “No play about love” examines how the youth deals with love.

Dominique, Sina / Dortmund

A map of precious memories

The idea of this project, realised in 2012, was to combine two concepts: collecting of inhabitants’ memories and promotion of the Warsaw district Ursus, in order to raise awareness about the history this quarter has to offer and also to strengthen the sense of local identity that the new inhabitants often lack. To connect the new with the old, the stories collected were hidden and possible to be found by the means of geocaching internet platform.

Magdalena / Warsaw

Art Stations

The project aims to support internally displaced people, especially youngsters, and give them a chance to express themselves through visual art. We organize ART visits to internally displaced people camps, offer free workshops, bring results, show the problems and get people involved. We see ART as the best way of self expression, starting point to talk about the problems, ideas, starting point for dialogue and integration.

Davit, Teona / Tbilisi

Circus Giovanni

Circus Giovanni – a multinational group of 18 young people – is composed by artists, musicians, clowns, dancers and jugglers. We meet once a week in Vienna (Austria) to improve our skills and to discuss our next projects. Our mission is to give our audience the feeling that everybody can be an artist, and that it is great fun to be creative and active. Another very important aspect of our circus is, that we are organized in a direct and democratic way. The equality of each person is really important for us, so we don’t need a head because everyone should be able to realize his*her ideas. 

Hanna, Theresa / Vienna

Around U

Around U is the online magazine of the Dortmunder U  - a centre for arts and creativity - where young people can depict their view and their individual perspectives of culture and their everyday reality also. Around U was founded in order to help young people develop journalistic skills in new media, especially as a blog by the objectives art and culture. In essays and interviews the self organized group of young people covers several topics which are underlined by photos and videos.

Wesley, Diana / Dortmund

Untitled

Showing people that they should first think about their own space "where everything is changing without them".

Konstantine and Teimuraz / Tbilissi

Flintshire Theatre Forum

To involve, consult and engage with Young People within their communities in Flintshire through the medium of drama. The project is particularly aimed at increasing participation and ensuring that the voices of the hard to reach groups and minority ethnic groups are heard, listened to and acted upon. The Youth Forum develops short, thought provoking dramas based on current issues and then gives groups and individuals the opportunity to comment makes changes and offer solutions to the situations/dilemmas depicted in the drama.

Joseph, Kezia / Mold

Music Career Path

The "Music Career Path" is a project for young talented artists and musicians who don’t have the means to enter Polish or international music scene. The project is based on three main assumptions, which are also determinants of volunteer activities - youth, activity and talent. Besides the music, project also aims at first aid education and drug and alcohol prevention. The whole event culminates with the Jeżowe Rock Festival, where selected participants will perform.

Rafal, Zuzanna / Jezowe

Big Window Walk

The Big Window Walk is a drawing art project initiated in Ghent. Together with local artists, Britt Raes draws on the windows of houses and shops. It is a form of street art that can be enjoyed from the inside and the outside. The goal of the project is to create a Big Window Walk, through different cities and countries and in that way unite the local citizens and international artists.

Britt, Jana / Ghent

Graffhistory

Graffhistory is an artistic project that aims to promote interest in the history of the city by graffiti. The goal set is to paint murals on the walls of the neighbourhood where the story of the city will be told. Intention is to show that young people can also help to improve the city and its common places and that graffiti is not vandalism but a way of art expression and an important part of urban culture today.

Raul, Sergio / Gijon

A couple of thieves

A couple of thieves is a show inspired by a silent movie, of a mime and a clown. The goal consists in bringing together an audience that is both valid and invalid, of different nationalities, of contrasting social situations… to exchange and to share with the silent and its universal language: the body. “Forgetting our differences to share a moment together”.

Alexandre, Lukas, Vanessa / Nantes

Rose + EXI(S)T

The project aims to start by a theatrical poetic proposition and bring the audience to think and to express itself on the concept of commitment. The show "Rose" describes the evolution of two characters in search of reality, facing the immersion in today’s society. After the show, the audience moves to a different place, a place for discussion and animation, aiming to offer the audience concrete means of interpellation, thinking, meeting, expression, commitment.

Sacha / Liège

Centro TAU

The project is developed in the neighbourhood of Palermo Zisa, an "urban periphery", it provides social, cultural and artistic activities, media education, made through workshops, initiatives and events; the activation and consolidation of processes of promotion of young, local development of European Citizenship and youth leadership.

Carmela, Daniela / Palermo

Relaas

Relaas is an organization which celebrates the art of storytelling by hosting a monthly storytelling night where performers share their authentic stories. It is a project of Na Ons De Zondvloed, a bunch of friends that intends to create new media art together with young media talents. Relaas wants to engage performers and audience in a shared emotional experience via the art of storytelling and sharing stories online via podcast. Each month, Relaas hosts a storytelling night. The stories told that evening are recorded and turned into a podcast that they share online for free. 

Timon, Dieter / Gand 

Festival "l'Ere de rien"

The banks of the river Sèvre in Rezé (close to Nantes) host the free spring festival "l’Ere de rien" that brings together not only the local creative initiatives but also the young emerging groups of the international pop and rock scene, mostly from the whole Europe. Ambition is simple – leave the beaten paths and offer an original festival full of flawless programme and open and casual atmosphere. It is a week-end of discoveries and exchange.

Nathan / Rezé

LOOK@U

LOOK @ U is a project of photography workshops realized in 2012. 18 young people from 4 countries took part in it with the help of local associations. Everyone choose a report topic concerning his environment about which he expressed a point of view in images. Afterwards, a portrait photo of every participant in his daily life was taken. 

Solène - Nantes

No Limit

The project was created in order to make art and culture accessible and affordable to EVERYONE! It brings intergenerational sharing of art and culture among all; children, youth, elderly and also people with disabilities. No Limit creates projects concerning body and danced movement by propagation, creation and production of events.

Oriane, Laissa / Nantes

Exchange from Nantes to Sevilla

"From Nantes to Sevilla, meetings, artistic exchange and intercultural action" : The main points of the project are: the common creation mixing the theatre and music and the French language with the Spanish language; the co-animation of workshops with children, the youth and adults from schools; the realization of a forum about the social intervention made by art.

Laura / Nantes

Belgrade sound map

Belgrade Sound Map was initiated with the aim of mapping, recording and presenting the narrative heritage and atmosphere of urban communities.  The project brings the legacy of older generations closer to younger generations through the use of new media. Simultaneously, it explores the city’s untold stories, presents them to visitors as well as to residents and uses the medium of sound to bring the interviews and atmosphere to life. 

Virdzinija, Bojana / Belgrade

Zines of the Zone

ZINES OF THE ZONE is a european library specialized in self-edited photograph books (or photozine). It not only shows the images, as it also uses the book as an experimentation field. These strange objects, produced in most of the cases on a low cost basis and limited in the number of copies, draws always the attention of collectors. Victims of their success, they get quickly out of stock and inaccessible. We want to make these objects visible, permanent and to be freely consulted.

Julie, Guillaume  / Nantes

Europe Dance Way Project

Europe Dance Way Project combines travelling, meetings, creating a video report and developing a website with a database, all around the dance theme. The project objective is to make the information about dance as accessible as possible to amateurs and professionals and to raise awareness about this art to a wider audience. Three girls are travelling across Europe to make interviews of amateurs and professionals in order to make a video report about dance in Europe.

Lola, Maëlys, Jordane / Nantes

Artist-MashRoom

Artist MashRoom is a project of a web site, a search engine and a social platform that wants to share knowledge on mobility of artists’ initiatives. The MashRoom system was created by six young Italian people, with the common interest for art and social inclusion. Thanks also to other social and artists’ associations the team understood how difficult and heterogeneous is the cultural and artistic reality in Europe and, then, started to find a way to create a site where this various reality could be agglomerated. The project was born inside a working group, during a Knowledge Management University course.

Simone, Sarah / Turin

Student Kick-Off

Student Kick-Off is the non-profit organization located in Gent. This organization is responsible for the opening festival at the beginning of the academic year. It was founded in 2006 by a group of student leaders.  This large festival is completely organized by student volunteers. Student Kick-Off is “for students, by students” and it lets students experience the organization of such a big festival. It is meant to be a training institution for all students who want to learn more.

Jan, Jochen / Ghent

Fragmenta

Fragmenta is a dance installation initiated by Nicolas Vamvouklis that investigates the configuration of the city landscape and the porosity of the human body. It aims to map the urban territory, bringing together in the heart of the city its residents (without age, gender or performing experience limitations). Symbolically charged public spaces are re-visited and dynamically lived anew through observation, interaction and spontaneous movement.

Nicolas, Olga / Milan

Spruce Up Europe

Spruce Up Europe is a project of short documentaries and a website about young people renovating old houses to transform them into the social and cultural spaces. The objective is to gather the data about old house projects, to raise people’s awareness about the patrimony to avoid the destruction of old houses and to show the creative side of youngsters.

Rita, Marine / Crestuma 

GrAFiTi Theaterfestival

GrAFiTi Theatre Festival is a student initiative of border theatre, which allows an exchange between different theatre groups. The objective is to encourage the student theatre in the “Greater Region” (Germany-France-Luxembourg) and to exchange with other European troops. The festival is special because with each edition it changes the border. In June 2015, the sixth edition of graffiti festival in the Greater Region was held in Saarbrücken. To strengthen relations between the city of Saarbrücken and the city of Nantes, a troupe from Nantes has been invited to participate.

 Diego, Juan / Saarbrücken

Facing the world

Facing the world is a Franco-Georgian group of young actors and dancers working on the "Growing Up" theme. This project offers young people to come together around a theme that fits their current situation and let them question the contemporary context of their emancipation, verbalize their fears, their perspectives, their hopes, through the artistic medium. It emphasises different kind of profiles and encourages the expression of various points of view.

Aurélie & Lucie / Nantes 

Collective Art Neighbourhood

The CAN is an independent project reuniting two complementary approaches: “The CAN InResidence” and “The CAN OpenHouse”. The project promotes young artists from Romania and from abroad and its objective is to create a non-restrictive space for young artists and start-ups, to help them to create their projects, as well as to create a cultural network rooted in Romania. 

Anna / Cracow

Alive Book

Alive Book is an alternative to social network in a library. The project was created by active Kharkiv youth and its main objectives are to organize some live meetings in libraries, to involve speakers and to organize some special evenings such as film screening or book presentations. 

Anastasiia, Anna / Kharkiv

Fruta Tinta Feia

FRUTA TINTA FEIA is a research project for cooking recipes and for making natural inks with fruits and vegetables. It is realized in collaboration with a cooperative organization working in the field of fruits and vegetables and it invites consumers to share their recipes and to participate in each stage of the creation of natural inks and silk-screen printing of a book.

Elise / Nantes

Paillettes & Chocolat

Paillettes & Chocolat (Glitters & Chocolate) is a creative, participatory and itinerant workshop which aims at developing the “extra in ordinary life”. It concerns visual arts, theater, crafts, sharing of knowledge, sewing, gardening etc. The target group are residents from 7 to 77 years. The main idea is to create an area for real art expression of all inhabitants.

Clémence, Hermès / Nantes

Glimpses

The objective of the Glimpses project is to promote the work of musicians, to spread it beyond borders in order to raise awareness of people about the European music scene. The protagonists of this project record videos of acoustic sessions from musicians coming from all over Europe, who create modern music based on a traditional heritage.

 Aymée / Nantes

L’Affiche

L’affiche (The Poster) is a dynamic artistic project offering renting and selling of artworks. This concept brings an artistic renewal, while supporting the creators and valuing the crafts. Photographs, paintings, sculptures, designer objects can be used to brighten up events or temporary spaces.

Sabrina, Simon / Nantes

Draw me an adventure !

Dessine-moi une aventure (Draw me an adventure) is a unique personal and evolving project, created by a young artist and traveller. The aim is to confront various themes: travel, art, music and creation of social links among people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Elodie / Nantes

Battle: Russian roulette

Battle project mixes all dance styles from electro to contemporary dance through hip hop, everything in an original and crazy concept. In every round except the final round, each group of 3 dancers turns the wheel (wheel of fortune) that will give a restraint to the opposing team. The project is also attached to the ecological issues which is kind of rare in a dance battle. It is mainly visible in the construction of the wheel and the trophies from recycled materials and in asking the participants and dancers to come by public transport or carpooling.

Marion, Alan / Nantes

Galerie fontaine

La Galerie fontaine, a mobile, flexible and scalable exhibition space, is a way for student artists to develop their artistic practices and define collective approach. The main objective is to create a network of emerging artists, develop a space for exchange, organize exhibitions, create partnerships etc.

Michael, Alexandra / Nantes

Salt, Pepper and Kapow

Kapow is an association that invites artists from all over the world to collaborate and create new projects. The aim is to build a bridge between art, culture and cuisine. The project invites international artists to gather several original works and create a collective intercultural book.

Vincent, Julie / Ghent

Adjara multicultural history

The idea of this project is to contribute to the preservation of intangible cultural heritage in the region of Adjara, Georgia, by encouraging young people to create family trees. Encouraging them to be interested in their family stories, to talk to their parents, to discover authentic traditions and forgotten folklore, the project aims to promote integration and social cohesion in the region.

Liubov / Kobuleti

Expressions Nomades

La Caravane (The Caravan) is both a mobile studio and an art library of impressions and collaborative editions. General goal of this project is to encourage sharing activities and experience around the issue of multiple and publishing. The heart of the project is facilitation of linocut workshops. The association also creates a collection of art library by adding its own productions and by organizing interactive workshops with other artists in order to produce collaborative editions (fanzines, linked books, etc.).

Alexandra, Pauline / Nantes

Youth participation ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The project is focused on self-development, reaching higher goals together, finding our own talents, developing our confidence and letting our voice speak to help others to accomplish the same aim. Its activities include introducing the methods of installation projects and cultural events, or using the experience of older members to pass on this experience to other young people through a program "ambassadors".

Peggy, Kyra / s-Hertogenbosch

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