About and Partners

Borderline Offencive: laughing in the face of fear is 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 through new artistic creations.

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 well-being and peaceful inter-community relations, within and outside Europe.
Outcomes:

  • Interaction/cooperation between cultural operators of EU and ME countries;
  • Integration processes which are more enjoyable, meaningful and constructive for all;
  • Practical consolidation of a new artistic genre and methodology employing humor and participatory arts techniques to: facilitate dialogue in situations of cultural conflict (political, ideological, etc.); negotiate community-based attitudes and solutions for such cultural conflicts;
  • Supported by Creative Europe, Västra Götaland Region + other national/regional/local sources.
Lead by:
TILLT – Gothenburg, Sweden
Artistic Partners:
The Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD) – Belgrade, Serbia
Keunstwurk – Leuwaarden, Netherlands
House of Humour and Satire – Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Creative Industry Košice + Košice Artist in Residence (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 – Ramallah, Palestine
Ettijahat Independent Culture – Beirut, Lebanon
Tandem Cultural Exchange – Berlin, Germany
Co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the Creative Europe programme and by the Västra Götaland Region inter alia.