Open European Societies

“Open European Societies” (Europe for Citizens, 2018-2020), a follow-up project of the “You are Welcome” project (Europe for Citizens, 2017-2019) started officially on the 8th of December 2018 with the kick-off meeting organised by Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. at the City Hall of Dresden. Representatives of the partner organisations from the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary and the United Kingdom discussed the aims of the project, the annual priorities of the Europe for Citizens programme. The project manager, Myrto-Helena Pertsinidi introduced the activities and outputs that each partner is assigned to do throughout the implementation of the project and together with the partners discussed the expected outcomes of the planned activities as well as the budget. Later on, a presentation about how to research the topic of migration in the partners’ countries was made by Dr. Theresa Lempp. In the evening, all partners and also locals were invited to join the 1st event of the project in the new office of Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. The event included the photo exhibition “Street Stories” by Ahmad Kaddoura and Ibrahim Fheili, short documentation videos of the You are Welcome project, Iranian music by the Iranian artist Afsharzadeh Saeed and Iranian cuisine by the Iranian community of Dresden. On the 9th of December all partners presented the current situation of their countries in terms of migration and integration policies. Moreover, the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. team explained more thoroughly the structure and content of the video interviews and the campaign. Finally a discussion regarding the visibility of the project, the dissemination and exploitation of the project’s outcomes followed. We would like to thank our international and local partners as well as the Iranian community of Dresden, our friends and the Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. team for making this meeting and event happen!


  1. Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. – Dresden, Germany – Coordinator
  2. Municipality of Dresden – Germany
  3. Memorare Pacem e.V. – Dresden, Germany
  4. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  5. AddArt NGO – Thessaloniki, Greece
  6. Aarhus University, Denmark
  7. European Reminiscence Network – London, United Kingdom
  8. Pro Progressione Kulturalis – Budapest, Hungary
  9. Institute pro regionalni rozvoj – Prague, Czech Republic
  10. La Transplanisphere – Paris, France
  11. Association Center for Intercultural Dialogue – Kumanovo, Northern Macedonia 


The Project is co-financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme




July 24, 2019