Since 2004, several thousands of young people have participated in transnational ROOTS & ROUTES events all over Europe; plus, recently, in America and Africa. Here’s some of their stories.
Behind the scenes of the “Pändo” video

On December 3rd 2019, history was made in the art world, when this year’s Turner Prize’s four finalists agreed to collectively share the award, before the judges deliberated on a winner.

Thanos Kyratzis

The work of each of the four, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, addressed a different topic: the apathy of the spectators’ that enables the refugee crisis to continue, …

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There is no doubt that these kind of experieces are valuable for those who are eager to learn something new.

Kristina Marija Kulinič

While surrounded with people from different cultural backgrounds I started to see things from different perspective, wich allowed me to perceive and therefore to rethink prejudices that can keep one …

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ROOTS & ROUTES gave me a real opportunity to meet amazing young artists from different cultural backgrounds and creative fields.

Ieva Savickaitė

ROOTS & ROUTES gave me a real opportunity to meet amazing young artists from different cultural backgrounds and creative fields. By sharing time and energy, creating together we got to know each …

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ROOTS & ROUTES is a great way to develop your skills, to earn new work experience and to network all over Europe with talented people.

Zenzi Faßbender

I first got in touch with ROOTS & ROUTES in 2011 where I participated in a local project as a dancer. After a long stay abroad, I participated in two more projects in 2015: Routes to Employment and …

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Through ROOTS & ROUTES my opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines in projects involving a variety of artists and forms of art have become more and more and so have my participations in festivals, exhibitions and in contests.

Vasiliki Farmaki

I first came in touch with ROOTS & ROUTES through a project about racism which was coordinated by S.Mou.Th in Greece. After that started a series of journeys, both personal and artistic, which …

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Since I took part to my first ROOTS & ROUTES project, I have been studying dance and theatre with more awareness than before.

Beatrice Croce

I have a real passion for theatre. I love dancing, particularly dancehall, house dance, voguing and salsa. I first got in touch with ROOTS & ROUTES in 2015. A friend of mine told me about one of the …

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Image of Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

I learned most of my craft’s abilities working on ROOTS & ROUTES projects, met some of my best friends and collaborators.

Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

I got in touch with ROOTS & ROUTES in 2008, participating in one of the first international projects held in Florence. After that moment I took part to most of the international and all of the …

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Working and cooperating with ROOTS & ROUTES means a lot to me because it combines important values like passion, respect, humanity and social reflection.

Leticia M’Peti Speicher

My name is Leticia and I’ve always been a dancer with passion. The first time I got in touch with ROOTS&ROUTES was in 2006 where I went to the cologne auditions. Back then as a participant I was so …

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It’s during this kind of processes that you really grow by sharing in a creative vibe, by having freedom, recognition and gaining awareness.

Irene Alfambra

I used to dance with friends in the street and it was in 2006 when I found a flyer on the floor announcing a casting for participating in a creative residency in Barcelona. I went to my first casting …

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ROOTS & ROUTES is more than a network, is a family that encourages you to create beyond limits, growing daily as a person, artist and professional.

Marta Mesquida

It is tough to tell or describe what ROOTS & ROUTES is with few words, but I am going to try. For me, it is like a never imagined alternative, in ROOTS & ROUTES I can do my projects along with great …

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ROOTS & ROUTES helped me to get great memories for a lifetime, more experience abroad and new friends all over Europe.

Akeem Cruz Neves

In 2015 I did an audition for Media at the ROOTS & ROUTES Summerscool 2015 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. That was my first project with R&R. After my first ROOTS & ROUTES project in the Netherlands, I …

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The connections I made are very important for me, ROOTS & ROUTES is a network of great people and great artists.

Benjamin Mathieu

I first got in touch with ROOTS & ROUTES in Cologne when I participated to the Urban Media Festival 2013. Since this first project, I had a lot of experiences of creation and meetings with ROOTS & …

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Since I participated in projects of ROOTS & ROUTES I know that I want to have an artistic career.

Josephine Stamer

Before 2011, I danced ballet for a long time, but rather as a hobby. Within my first ROOTS & ROUTES Projects, a new “dancescape” opened itself, I got interested in working with the knowledge of …

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I loved the impact ROOTS & ROUTES had in my life, to open my view to interculturality and multidisciplinary projects.

Esmeralda Elizalde

I met the ROOTS & ROUTES project in 2007, I was in a video art casting and one guy told me about the open call, I was just landing in Barcelona, it was the best opportunity to make contacts with …

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Through ROOTS & ROUTES I was able to exhibit in several countries. This encouraged me, I have exhibited at TATE Britain since.

Saira Awan

My introduction to ROOTS & ROUTES was through ABI Associates in London who I had approached to get support with setting up my own business in 2008. In 8 years, I have participated in many projects …

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I gained more strength, I started to believe in myself and trust in other people

Ingrida Čepanonytė

One of the most important things for me is the feeling of confidence. After participating in I-CARE I gained more strength, I started to believe in myself and trust in other people. I embrace this …

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