Borderline Offensive: Laughing in the Face of Fear

BORDERLINE OFFENSIVE: laughing in the face of fear is a platform for artistic research and art-based societal development, European and Middle Eastern artists explore issues of migration, sociological contact zones, intercultural conflict and dialogue, collective identity-building, and community cohesion in contemporary Europe through new artistic creations.

Humor (aesthetic approach) and participatory arts (methods) are employed to guide interaction, dialogue, and cooperation between the migrant and host communities, inviting its members to share knowledge, respect and laugh together, at the same things and at themselves.

The aim is to use culture and art as resources for the critical development of social well-being and peaceful inter-community relations, within and outside Europe;


  • interaction/cooperation between cultural operators of EU and ME countries;
  • integration processes which are more enjoyable, meaningful and constructive for all;
  • practical consolidation of a new artistic genre and methodology employing humor and participatory arts techniques to:
  1. facilitate dialogue in situations of cultural conflict (political, ideological, etc.);
  2. negotiate community-based attitudes and solutions for such cultural conflicts;

Key Activities

  • 2018:20 artists work together in 5 transnational residencies, facilitate intercultural dialogue between migrant and host communities, and develop new interdisciplinary artworks;
  • 2019: transnational tour of the new artworks across partnership countries, including innovative intercultural dialogue and audience development activities, plus promotion of extra activities in new/more locations;
  • 2020: Capacity-building workshops transferring new methods into new social contexts, launching of project’s publication with new research approaches and findings at international conference, wide dissemination in EU/ Middle East; 

Led by:
TILLT // Gothenburg, Sweden //

Artistic Partners:
CZKD // Belgrade, Serbia //
Keunstwurk // Leuwaarden 2018, Netherlands //
House of Humour and Satire // Gabrovo //
CIKE + Kair // Kosice, Slovakia //

Knowledge Partners:
Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) // Zagreb, Croatia //
Symbiosis // Thessaloniki, Greece // 

Associate Partners:
Zoukak Theatre Company // Beirut, Lebanon //
Anadolu Kültür // Istanbul, Turkey //
Ramallah Municipality // Palestine //
Ettijahat Independent Culture // Syria //
Tandem // Germany //


Sarah Herke

Project Manager
Tiago Prata