Press Release

„European Citizen Campus“ starts

EU-funded cultural project of the Deutsches Studentenwerks in co-operation with nine European partner organisations
144 students of all academic disciplines working on an artistic interpretation of „European citizenship“
six „laboratories“ set up in summer 2014 led by internationally renowned artists
artistic works will be presented in Brussels in 2015
project website online now:

Berlin, 13 January 2014.
With the support of the European Union and in cooperation with nine European partner organisations the Deutsches Studentenwerk (German National Association for Student Affairs; DSW) has started the cultural project “European Citizen Campus” (ECC). The project comprises the participation of 144 students of all academic disciplines from Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and Portugal.

Respectively 24 students from these European countries will work and perform together with internationally renowned artists in so-called “laboratories” to be set up in summer 2014. They will cover different artistic genres/ various art forms namely dance, music, painting, photography, performance and cross-over.

The originality of the ECC project consists of an artistic interpretation of the general theme of European citizenship form a student point of view: How do students nowadays perceive and define European citizenship? Do they have a European identity or a concept of European citizenship?

The art work performed by the students will be discussed and shown at the exhibitions in the six participating countries. Furthermore, a final European exhibition showing the art work produced in all laboratories will be realized at the international conference in Brussels in 2015.

Since 7 January 2014, students from all academic disciplines are invited to hand in their applications. Further information on the application processes in the participating countries is available on the project website:

„ We create a new art forum for students that allows to introduce the students‘ voice/ perception in the ongoing political discussion on European identity“,explains „Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, Secretary General of the Deutsches Studentenwerk, which is the consortium leader. “I am sure that the artistic work will enrich the political and at times abstract discussion on this issue”.

From Germany, the Studierendenwerke Freiburg and Mainz as well as the Studentenwerk Karlsruhe are involved.

„European Citizen Campus“: Laboratories, Themes, artists

Belgium, theme „Identity“: Thé van Bergen (painting) and Kelly Schacht (performance, cross-over)

Germany, theme „home“: Michael Klant (Cross-over) and Raymond Waydelich (cross-over)

France, theme “roots”: Daniel Depoutot (performance, cross-over) and Raphael Urwiller (painting; illustration)

Italy, theme „conflict“: Antonio Guiotto (visual art) and Claudia Fabris (photography, performance)

Luxemburg, theme „dialogue“: Gianfranco Celestino (dance) and Cathy Krier (music)

Portugal, theme „freedom“: Paulo Catrica (photography) und Mario Rocha (painting, ceramics )

Participating Organisations
Deutsches Studentenwerk, Germany (leader of the consortium)
Azienda Regionale per il diritto allo studio universitario Padova, Italy
Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, CNOUS, France
Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, CROUS Strasbourg, France
Instituto Politéchnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium
Studentenwerk Freiburg, Germany
Studentenwerk Karlsruhe, Germany
Studentenwerk Mainz, Germany
Université du Luxembourg, Luxemburg

Contact person at „Deutschen Studentenwerk“:
Danja Oste, ECC Project Manager, Phone 0049 151 40 06 79 43, Email:
General press contact:
Deutsches Studentenwerk
Stefan Grob
Phone: 0049 30 29 77 27 20
Mobil: 0049 163 29 77 272