FreedomBus our current project
under the high patronage
of the European Parliament

In 2015, the „Cross Border Network of History and Arts” is planning a journey with the newly created „Freedombus“. The idea of the “Freedombus” emerged from a simple observation:
For the last 70 years, the European Union has seen times of peace and freedom. Younger generations, who live in save and stable conditions and experience peace and democracy, tend to take this for granted.The purpose of this journey is a confrontation of the European culture with topics like cultural identity, home, Europe, democracy, peace, freedom, responsibility and awarness.

The Freedombus splits its journey in two parts. From 1st to 18th September 2015, it will travel through Poland - from Krakow in South Poland to Lublin / Majdanek and Sobibor close to the Eastern boundary of Poland and thus the EU, and further to Warsaw . The next stops will be in Germany - from Berlin to Werleshausen / Spangenberg, passing Koblenz on the way to Trier. From here the Freedombus will travel via Schengen , Luxembourg to Liège, Belgium. The first part of the route through the European Union will terminate in Mons, Belgium.

The second part will start in September 2016 in Differdange (Luxembourg) and tours through France, via Metz to Verdun further to Giverny and Paris and reaches its final destination in Asnelles (Normandy). About 60 architecture-, arts-, design-, history, and science-students from various European and non-European universities will be invited to participate. Artists, politicians and reporters will accompany the group on its 3300 km route from the Polish-Ukrainian border to the French Atlantic coast.

Each country of the European Union will be represented by a minimum of one or two participants. The „Freedombus“ intends tasking questions and searching for answers: How safe and legitimate is our democracy? Which advantages come with it? Does it have flaws and if so, what are they? How can we, the citizens of Europe, contribute to freedom and the well being of our community? How does democracy respond to internal and external threats? Is our democracy safe and stable to meet contemporary and future challenges?

The fact that citizens of the European nations are able to travel freely, to cross borders and to decide, where to live and work fails to be noticed as something extraordinary and unprecedented. We often forget about the advantages of our current political situation by losing sight of our past. We neglect the civil and cultural aspects of the European Union. The EuropeanUnion allows new ways of communal living, learning and working. It connects cultures and people acrossnational borders and gives more then just financial support: The European Union provides stability and protects diversity, but it also calls for solidarity. To comprehend the impact of European actions on society, we need to develop an understanding of the European entity in its cultural and historical context. The Freedombus gives visual impulses and facing the past and change future .

You are a person who is interested in Arts, Design, Science etc.? Contact us: info@cross-border-network.eu and become a part of the Freedombus 2015