Balkantage 2021

Balkanconnection 2.0:
The Young Generation and the Future of the Region

How can a young person from the Balkans present an idea that works today to find an audience?  What visions of the  future does the youth have? Is this the only way out of stagnation and into diaspora? How can social media be used to create and further develop a positive Balkanconnection 2.0? And how can this in a pandemic ensure that people distance themselves socially, but create an authentic inner closeness? How can the art from Balkans play an important role in this? And what influence does the new generation have on politics here in Germany, but also in their respective home countries?

With our festival in 2021, we would like to offer the youth of Balkans, in both the individual countries of origin and in the diaspora, a platform to conduct a discourse on the future for the art and culture in the region. Especially  during and after the corona crisis, it will be important to look for new ways of cooperation and communication  to give young artists the opportunity to shape and develop society. A whole range of new, progressive and courageous artist are already showing their talent on social media and are engaging with their followers. With national and social boundaries increasingly disappearing,  the only point of  difference among young people is  their preferences and interests. Balkanconnection 2.0 is formed between those who already reside here in Western Europe and those who still live in the Balkans and striving to leave. This connection should be used constructively at our festival to create new contacts for future projects, to present the current projects and to give the local scene new impulses and ideas.

This new generation speaks in a bold way with its own voice that wants to be heard everywhere in Europe and around the world. It connects the soul of the Balkans, traditionally and culturally with the modern world and the ideas of the future. The Balkans wants to show themselves in individual performance and commitments, they also increasingly demands political participation. In Germany there are many people from the Balkans who are shaping society through their social and artistic commitments, but  also want to gain more influence on the active shaping of politics and culture. This enables an exciting interaction between  individual groups with different backgrounds and opens a discourse for future-oriented topics.

The youth from the Balkans no longer just want to be victims of politics and have to endure the system that destroys any perspective for them, but they want to get involved socially and artistically and use their potential to create a better future for themselves and all human beings.

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