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The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017

14.–31. august 2017

Perspectives from young artists from 10 countries came together to discuss their ideas and wishes and to make art out of them. They were accompanied by an artistic core team around the renowned break dancer and choreographer Youngung Sebastian “Jaekwon” Kim.

Photo © Nora Schwarz

How do young people in Europe and Turkey experience the current times of Brexit, Trump and Turkish constitutional referendum? What are their hopes and fears for the future? The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017 invited young artists from 10 countries to discuss and connect their ideas and thoughts and to turn them into art.

RRXP17 won a young.europe.award at Jugendkulturpreis NRW 2018.

Perspectives from Germany, Romania, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, France, Italy, Turkey, the UK and the Netherlands got into dialogue. The project connected music, dance, media, acting and poetry into a transdisciplinary performance giving a glimpse of possible futures. A professional team of coaches headed by well-known artistic director and choreographer Youngung Sebastian Kim a.k.a. Jaekwon guides the young artists through the process.

On August 29th and 30th, results were performed live at Alte Feuerwache Cologne.

Statements from Participants


“The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017” (RRXP17) is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. project in cooperation with the international partners Kauno įvairių tautų kultūrų centras (Kaunas/ Lithuania), Kısa Dalga Gençlik Merkezi (Istanbul/ Turkey), Brouhaha International (Liverpool/ UK), Rutes i Origens (Barcelona/ Spain), EuroEst Youth Foundation (Bucharest/ Romania), Rock in Faches (Lille/ France), Centro di Creazione e Cultura (Florence/Italy), SMouTh (Larissa/ Greece) and Stichting ROOTS & ROUTES (Rotterdam/ The Netherlands).

RRXP17 is funded by the EU-Programme Erasmus+, the North Rhine-Westphalian youth ministry and the City of Cologne. Thanks to Dr. Dirk Baier Stiftung, SKM Köln/OT Luckys Haus, der Landesmusikakademie NRW, Hostel Weltempfänger Köln, Millumin,, Medienzentrale des Erzbistums Köln, Alte Feuerwache Köln, Florian Mimm, Thomas Jung, Inge Hilbig and Horst Hadler for the kind support.