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This international project explores artistic and institutional strategies of placemaking, and arts/performance-led activism by first-generation migrant theatre-makers in Germany, France and Portugal. PEMP is a collaboration between Migrant Dramaturgies Network and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development and it is hosted by the University of Hildesheim, Germany.

The project centres around three interlinked questions:

  • How do migrant theatre-makers and networks create successful creative spaces for resistance, recognition and resilience?

  • What are the artistic and institutional strategies that enable migrant self-representation and politically active voices?

  • What policy incentives are needed to engender a more inclusive and diverse cultural sector and structural repositioning of migrancy?

Working in close collaboration with a diverse community of arts and cultural professionals, policymakers and researchers, this project will map structural practices and policy visions developed migrant theatre advocacy networks and organisations across Europe. 


While exploring placemaking, we will also critically reflect on legacies of place-taking – acknowledging the complex histories of colonisation and displacement.

This project is organically related to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development especially in the area of promoting social inclusion and reducing inequality, aiming to enhance representation and solidarity, hence driving the agenda of a more equitable, just, humane, and ultimately more resilient society.


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