BORDERLINE OFFENSIVE: Laughing in the Face of Fear


BORDERLINE OFFENSIVE: Laughing in the Face of Fear - A platform for artistic research and art-based societal development. European and Middle Eastern artists explore issues of migration, sociological contact zones, intercultural conflict and dialogue, collective identity-building, and community cohesion in contemporary Europe. Humor (aesthetic approach) and participatory arts (methods) are employed to guide interaction, dialogue, and cooperation between the migrant and host communities, inviting its members to share knowledge, respect and laugh together, at the same things and at themselves.

The aim is to use culture and art as resources for the critical development of social wellbeing and peaceful inter-community relations, within and outside Europe; 



- interaction/cooperation between cultural operators of 7 EU and 5 ME countries;  

- integration processes which are more enjoyable, meaningful and constructive for all;  

- practical consolidation of a new artistic genre and methodology employing humour 

and participatory arts techniques to:  

a) facilitate dialogue in situations of cultural conflict (political, ideological, etc.); 

b) negotiate community-based attitudes and solutions for such cultural conflicts; 


Supported by Creative Europe, Västra Götaland Region + other national/regional/local sources. 


Key Activities  

2018 ₪ 20 artists work together in 5 transnational residencies, facilitate intercultural dialogue between migrant and host communities, and develop new interdisciplinary artworks; 

2019 ₪ transnational tour of the new artworks across partnership countries, including innovative intercultural dialogue and audience development activities, plus promotion of extra activities in new/more locations;

2020 ₪ Capacity-building workshops transferring new methods into new social contexts, launching of project’s publication with new research approaches and findings at international conference, wide dissemination in EU/ Middle East; 



Led by: 

TILLT // Gothenburg, Sweden //


CZKD // Belgrade, Serbia //    

Keunstwurk // Leuwaarden 2018, Netherlands // 

House of Humour and Satire // Gabrovo // 

CIKE + Kair // Kosice, Slovakia //  + 

Knowledge Partners:

Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) // Zagreb, Croatia // 

Symbiosis // Thessaloniki, Greece // 

Associate Partners:

Zoukak Theatre Company // Beirut, Lebanon // 

Anadolu Kültür // Istanbul, Turkey // 

Ramallah Municipality // Palestine // 

Ettijahat Independent Culture // Syria // 

Tandem // Germany //  


Contact (cooperation inquiries) 

Tiago Prata, project manager 

+460733929212 // // 






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