“Laboratory Europe” is the name of the contribution of the city of Osnabrück to the joint project “Peace. Europe”. The participation and meeting project enables up to 60 young adults from all over Europe to visit the cities of peace Osnabrück and Münster in order to work multi-perspectively together on the great topic of Europe.

We draw on the network of European Heritage Sites, which extends from Estonia to Portugal and includes Münster and Osnabrück with their town halls, which were awarded the Heritage Label in 2015. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 can apply to participate. The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018.

The project recreates the atmosphere of a laboratory where people work, experiment, research, share and cultures grow.

Five so-called laboratories are offered in Osnabrück in the areas of art, history, performance, music as well as media and games. They are managed by professional institutions such as the Theater Osnabrück, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, the European Media Art Festival or the Institute for Music of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The participants deal creatively with European values and the challenges facing Europe, with questions of individual or national security, with the past and present of Europe and they develop perspectives for a Europe of the future. In doing so, they bring their respective national perspectives closer to the other participants.

This is European understanding par excellence, in the spirit of the title of the European Year of Cultural Heritage „Sharing Heritage“.

A joint excursion to Münster and a visit to the exhibition “Peace. From antiquity to the present day” will enrich the work with additional impulses.

The results of the joint laboratory work will be presented publicly at the end of the project in the heart of Osnabrück’s old town. Among other things in the context of the Osnabrücker culture night on 25 August 2018, which counts annually up to 35.000 visitors and to which we would already like to invite you cordially!

All information about the project, the contents of the laboratories or the application can be found on our homepage www.lab-europe-osnabrueck.de.

We are pleased about your interest!

Christine Grewe, Anush Darbinyan
Büro für Friedenskultur der Stadt Osnabrück

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