Democracy Needs Imagination Back

Democracy Needs Imagination

With the first round of our Democracy Needs Imagination call, we were looking for ideas, projects, and experiments that breathe new life into European democracy, in the run-up to the European Parliament elections. This round closed April 23 2019.


A second-round opened on September 9 and closed on September 27.

About the Call

The European Union is an open and free society.

A place we created together and where Europeans have lived peacefully for almost 75 years. It has not been easy. We have defeated fascism and torn down the walls that kept us apart. We have created a place that is at peace with itself. A place that guarantees freedoms for which many others around the world are fighting. A place where we can travel freely. Where we can study and work in different countries and create experiences that will enrich the rest of our lives.

But this, our Europe is under attack. We are facing a newly divided Europe. A new kind of polarisation threatens the gains of decades of European cooperation. New levels of inequality erode the social fabric of our societies. Culture and identity are misused to divide communities.

We funded creative, cultural actions prior, during and after the EU parliamentary elections that breathed life into Europe, and democracy at large. We wanted innovative and provocative ideas that challenged the negative discourse and were able to become inspiring examples from the local to the European levels.

 

Projects funded in the first round

Projects after the European Parliament elections