“The City Ghettos of Today” project came to Antwerp  and started on 26th of January, on the 8th of February there was a final performance in the museum of Flemish heritage ‘het MAS’.
Antwerp is a city of ‘super-diversity’. With new migrants arriving daily, many of the city’s neighbourhoods have become “welcome districts” for these groups.  These areas have also attracted young Belgian families and cultural organisations, largely due to the affordability of local housing and the cosmopolitan appeal of such diverse urban neighbourhoods. “UNDER SAIL” used the stories and experiences of newcomers and inhabitants of these districts to examine the concept of ghettos. 


Number of participants of the project events in Antwerp:
Direct number of participants: 112



Uninhabited island, design Made in Cosmos Studio


“Uninhabited Island” situated “The City Ghettos of Today” in the Berlin site-specific context of a rapidly changing city, from the “Cinderella” of European capitals back in the 1990s to the present “place to be”. The focus was placed on the urban and social changes which are currently affecting the city, such as gentrification and the resulting displacement of low-income inhabitants, often including those with a “migration background” Former immigrant and poor districts often associated with the idea of “ghetto”, like Kreuzberg or Neukölln, have received unprecedented hype and developed into magnets for tourists and real estate investors during the last five years.

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Number of participants of the project events in Berlin:
Direct participants: 67




The fifth installation in the collaborative European project “The City Ghettos of Today”,  ”Caliban’s Cave” was an exciting cross-disciplinary event that incorporates artistic workshops, a multimedia installation, a public debate and a culminating performance in Milan.

At the heart of this project lied a desire to redefine and re-examine the concept “ghetto” in the context of today’s closed migrant districts. Through artistic creation and sociological research, we aimed to create a space in which to examine and discuss the multiple stories emanating from migrant “ghettos” of Europe. How do we talk about “ghettos” today? Is it possible – and even necessary – to redefine the word in a manner that more accurately reflects the multiform realities that constitute our contemporary urban landscapes? What role do “ghettos” play in constructing a European identity? What factors contribute to phenomena of “ghettoization” in contemporary Europe? What are the dynamics that contribute to the implantation of migrant communities throughout Europe today and how do they connect to the collective memory of Europe’s past?


Number of participants of the project events in Milan:
Direct number of participants: 84





City Ghettos of Today in Helsinki
The Helsinki-situated project part of the international City Ghettos of today –project invited organizations and individual citizens to construct together meaningful experiences and artistic expressions related to the concept of ghettos.

In Helsinki, the limits between groups of people are not physical, nor as notably spatial as in some other cities. Our approach to the theme in Helsinki focused on knowledge, practices and skills that become isolated, when people move to Finland from other countries. The ghettoization is a process of searching for a group among which it is possible to share the wisdom and values that are not recognized elsewhere in the society. These invisible “ghettos” are thus also sources of unknown skills and hidden knowledge.

Number of participants of the project events in Helsinki:
Direct number of participants: 73



Flyer (Times that need correction marked with a speech bubble)

Programme 8.-19.9. in Helsinki

Seminar on Sept 16th: Global Pasts, Local Presents

Site-specific poetry map of Helsinki






“The City Ghettos of Today” in Bologna:
Kick off meeting in October 2013

Number of participants of the project events in Bologna 2013:
Direct number of participants: 71


The City Ghettos of Today: Bologna residency 24th June- 6th July 2014

The Bologna residency focused on various forms of camps for migrants and political refugees located in Italy, Europe and Africa. Project interviews focused on an Afghan camp in Patras, a refugee camp on the borders of Sierra Leone, a center for identification and expulsion (C.I.E.) in Bologna, and on a prison in Libya. The methodological hypothesis was to listen to those who had lived in such contexts, and through the reflection and analysis of anthropologists, sociologists, political geographers in dialogue with artists, to deconstruct those structures into constituent elements, with particular attention to categories “similar” to those of narratology (eg characters that act, typical dynamics, types of conflicts, structures of life experiences, objects).
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Number of participants  of the project events in Bologna in 2014:
Direct number of participants: 78








“The City Ghettos of Today” in May 2014 in Warsaw

The first meeting in Warsaw  in May 2014 was the third project part, The two weeks of artistic workshops concluded with the debate in the Sociology Institute at the Warsaw University and with the interactive installation “Miranda Gazes upon the Sea” in State Ethnographic Museum during the Warsaw Night of the Museums 2014.


Poster Warsaw

Number of participants of the project event in Warsaw in May:
Direct number of participants: 93


Final of the City Ghettos of Today in Warsaw in January 2015

The final of the “City Ghettos of Today” project held  in Warsaw on January 2015. Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation hosted the participants from international organizations that had been cooperating with an artistic team during the art residencies in Paris, Warsaw, Bologna, Helsinki, Milan and Berlin. City Ghettos artistic group invited people to create new performance in State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw. The interactive installation was mixtures  of videos and audio recordings from all project cities.

Number of participants of the project event in Warsaw in Janury:
Direct number of participants: 87





The City Ghettos of Today : Paris residency from 10 to 22 March 2014


PLAKAT The City Ghettos of Today_Paris

As the first hosts of the nomadic installation City Ghettos of Today, Check Points members were taking charge of organising the inaugural Paris residency for the project’s international artistic team.  This residency was being realised in partnership with the Paris-based museum Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration (National Museum for Immigration History – CNHI), who had offered their magnificent Marie Curie Hall as the project’s installation workspace.
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Number of participants of the project events in Paris in March 2014:
Direct number of participants: 120


Conclusive event of The City Ghettos of Today in Paris
10-13 February 2015

The conclusive and evaluation event of The City Ghettos of Today project in Paris provided a synthetic overview of the project’s residencies over the past year in Paris, Warsaw, Helsinki, Milan, Berlin, Bologna and Antwerp. During the event, Immigration History Museum welcomed artists, local researchers, and coordinators from all cities, all of whom took part in the project at some point during its year-long run.
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Number of participants of the project events in Paris in February 2015:
Direct number of participants: 63