In 2015, the “Cross Border Network” plans a journey with the Bus of Peace. Its Idea finds its roots in an observation: For the last 70 years, Europe has lived without war. Younger generations tend to live in save and stable surroundings and experience peace and democracy as self evident. But in reality: How safe is our democracy? The fact that citizens of European Nations are able to travel freely, cross borders and decide, where to live and work fails to be noticed as extraordinary. 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. It allows new ways of communal living, learning and working. It connects cultures and people across borders and contributes more then just financial support: The EU provides stability, calls for solidarity and protects diversity.

The Bus of Peace splits its route in two parts. From September 1st until September 18th 2015, it will travel from Krakow through Lublin/Majdanek, Sobibor, Warsaw, Berlin, Werleshausen and Spangenberg, past Koblenz, Trier, Schengen/Luxembourg and Liege to Mons/ Belgium. The second Part starts in September 2016 and tours from Verdun to Giverny and Asnelles/Normandy About 70 arcitecture, design and science students from inner and outer European universities will be invited to participate. Artists, politicians and reporters will accompany the group. 3300 km from the Ukrainian border to Frances coastline, each European nation will be represented by a participant. The purpose of this journey is a confrontation with topics like cultural identity, home, Europe, democracy, peace, responsibility and consciousness. The Bus of Peace travels with the Intention of asking questions and seeking answers. How safe and legitimate is our democracy? Which advantages come with it? Does it have flaws and if so, what are they? Can it be threatened or is it stable? How can I contribute to peace and the well being of a community? To understand the impact of our actions on society, we have to develop an understanding of its entirety in a cultural and historical context. Through visual Impulses and facing the past we can generate Ideas which will secure our peace and strengthen our community in the future.

WE ARE NOMADS ­ WE ARE THE CROSS BORDER NETWORK