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iJuLa – intersectional YouthLabs in Cologne

January 1st 2020 – December 31st 2024

The iJuLa project opens up spaces in Cologne, in which young artists can work on intersectional themes: sexual and gender diversity/queerness, racism, the interaction of different forms of discrimination – and we invite young artists to design these spaces with us and fill them with life and ideas.

Photo © Yves Sanwidi

You are 16 to 27 years old, artistically active and interested in the topics mentioned above? You want to get involved in the project and implement ideas for/in the spaces to be created, together with other young artists and local youth? Come over to our iJuLa space in Herthastraße 50 in Cologne Zollstock!

On July 2nd, 2021, the iJuLa youth lab in Cologne-Zollstock could finally officially open with an open day: The sun was shining, people came by throughout the day, there was screen printing, live music and live dance on the open stage, collective painting… and from now on there will be regular activities in the space, at least until the end of 2024!

What has happened so far in the iJuLa project:

  • About 30 young artists (16 to 27 years old) could be recruited for the iJuLa youth curatorship starting in 2020: They plan offers and events in the space, which are implemented with the support of the project team. Interested people can join the group of curators at any time!
  • In July 2020, there was a first weekend workshop with the iJuLa curators; then in October, the 10-day iJuLa Kick-off Academy took place in Heek-Nienborg. Here we deliberated: What kind of space do we want to rent, and what should happen there?
  • On December 1st, the first iJuLa space was rented: An old commercial hall in the back of Herthastraße 50 in Cologne-Zollstock. RRCGN team and iJuLa curators put a lot of work into renovating and equipping the space – because of Corona, it went much slower than planned.
  • In early 2021, the three-part film series “Let’s talk about Queerness” was released, which is part of the Andy Warhol exhibition and was created in cooperation with the Museum Ludwig; the films can be seen further down this page.
  • In July 2021, a ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy took place as part of the iJuLa project. 10 young curators and 10 other young artists were supported to train as junior instructors.
The iJuLa project will continue until at least December 2024; whether it will go to a new space in 2023, for example, to the right bank of the Rhine river in Cologne, or whether we will remain in Zollstock, is yet to be determined!



intersectional youth magazine
The first issue of the self-published intersectional youth magazine “sec*” was published in 2021. It is available free of charge and is distributed by us at various places in Cologne (and of course in our room in Cologne-Zollstock).

iJuLa News

Statements from Participants


iJuLa is a RRCGN project and is funded by the program “Demokratie leben!” by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; additional funding comes the Youth Ministry of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, DOHLE Foundation and the European Solidarity Corps.
In former years, iJuLa was also funded by Fonds Soziokultur within the BKM programme “NEUSTART KULTUR”, and by Deutsche Postcode Lotterie.

Funders from former years