Dance against Strangeness

A dance and music projekt to reflect on themes like refugees, Europe and crossing borders.

Our international youth exchange "Dance against Strangeness" takes place at the House Accross Borders in Lommel, Belgium next to the biggest German war grave cemetery in Western Europe.
From 7th untill 16th of July young people from 3 different European countries will meet in Lommel and discover each otherĀ“s culture and habits.
When we take a look at the world today, we notice that we live so close together in Europe, but know sometimes more about the USA as our neighboring countries. So we live as strangers next to each other.
By taking a quick look at the cemetery, we are confronted with a big number of Deaths from the 2nd World War, but we know only these big number, the names, but not their story and the person itself.
Crossing the borders of strangeness is especially in the refugee issue very important.
In our project we want to use another way of getting to know each other without using our language and our voice: Dance and Music!
We want to achieve a critical view of Europe today with its opportunities and limits, but open also a new way of communication.
The aim of this encounters is to foster European understanding, experience other European cultures and opens the horizon to many more places to be at home.

As we want to integrate youngsters with fewer opportunities, a part of the Belgian group will consist of refugees (youngsters who stay in a refugee camp).

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Contact person: Helena Burdzy


General contact

Phone: 0032 11 55 43 70



Project overview

Dance against Strangeness is a project by
House Across Borders Lommel
taking place
from 2018-07-07 till 2018-07-16
This project relates to:
Youth Exchanges
and is focusing on:
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Dance
  • Democracy/Active citizenship
  • European citizenship
  • History
  • Human rights
  • Integration
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Music
  • Peace and conflict
This project can include young people with fewer opportunities like
  • Social obstacles
  • Economic obstacles
  • Educational difficulties
  • Cultural differences
Youngsters between 18 an 28 years old.

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