Caravan Project in «We are Europe», Lyon France
We are Europe is the association of 8 major European events joining forces to promote, create and produce innovative cultural practices, defined by creative diversity and exchanges. It is a new generation of change-makers joining forces for independence and innovative cultural practices and contents.
Caravan project and Stratis Vogiatzis was invited to participate in several workshops of We Are Europe conference in Lyon, France sharing the methodology of the Caravan project team working with marginalised communities, and empower them through storytelling techniques. Many issues were addressed through the workshops.
How can stories be a vehicle for social change? How do stories become territorialized, de-territorialised and re-territorialized through their performance and re-construction in diverse social contexts? How can untold stories been accessed and re-embedded in a collectively created new social fabric that facilitates institutional entrepreneurship? How stories which remain largely untold obtain legitimacy and new audiences when integrated in social, collectively constructed platforms and differentially embedded social entrepreneurial projects?
The common project of We are Europe aims to develop a prospective vision of networks and associations while contributing to new social and political developments through an interdisciplinary approach. These 8 tandem festival-forums – vehicles for projects and ideas; major players in the fields of electronic, independent, digital and contemporary culture – are key components of the European cultural scene. They espouse the common values of cultural and social open-mindedness, artistic implacability, an unwavering commitment to youth, innovation and the emergence of new talent, and the mobility of audiences, ideas and artists. They have been working together for 3 years, co-curating and collaborating on the line-ups for festivals and forums, and thereby laying the foundations for a new community of cultural actors in Europe: open and progressive, motivated by the desire to inject our shared journey with fresh meaning, and to defend a positive image of Europe.