Just a quick question:
What do Germany, France, Hungary, Austria, Italy and Poland have in common?
Well, in all these countries there is the fear that right-wing populist parties will turn out to be the real winners in the 2019 European Parliament elections.
28 young people between 18 and 26 from the countries listed above wanted to get active against this and participated in our workshop “Decoding right-wing populism: Co-creation of a European multi-media feature” in the European Academy Berlin.
During the first workshop in March the participants discussed with experts, artists, politicians and civil society actors how right-wing populism ‘works’ and what can be done against it. Furthermore, they had a multi-media literacy workshop and learned how to create a good video, how to take interesting photos or how to register a podcast.
In between the two workshops, the participants became creative themselves: either on their own or in a group they created articles, conducted interviews, took photos, shot a video and recorded podcasts in order to grasp the phenomenon of right-wing populism in their home countries. They addressed questions such as: What actually is (right-wing) populism? How is the current situation in Europe? What has digitalization to do with it? What can we learn by listening to those who normally remain unheard? What can any single person undertake against this phenomenon?
At the second workshop in May, the participants met European politicians, learned how to react to hate speech and were introduced to the work of politically active artists. The biggest task of the second workshop however, was to compile the individual projects and documents into a joint European multi-media feature.
Discussing different aspects of right-wing populism, comparing the situations in the respective countries, working on approaches how to cope with this phenomenon, learning from one another – all these were important aspects that contributed to the success of the European project.
The jointly to created multi-media feature now shines a light on the many-faceted phenomenon of ‘right-wing populism’ from a variety of cross-border perspectives.
- 21-25 March: first workshop in Berlin
- 10-12 May: second workshop in Berlin and co-creation of the multi-media feature
- in between: creative working phase
Our partners are:
- Hungary: European House
- France: Robert Schuman European Centre (CERS)
- Italy: Villa Vigoni
The project is being organised in cooperation with the Allianz Kulturstiftung and with the kind support of the the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.