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Friendly, vibrant, segregated, a place of contradictions, opportunities and transforming industries… there are many different words to describe Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg. In May 2019, actively involved in young communities, Backa Teater organized a series of events and performances under the title “A Changed Europe”. Spyros Andreopoulos shares with us echoes and visions of his experience there. 

After exploring the ‘Right to the City’, Atlas of Transitions Biennial returns to Bologna and invites international artists and foreign communities to exchange their knowledge during a 10-days festival. Looking back at past identities, switching perspectives, the challenges that lie ahead of finding a place called home. Spyros Andreopoulos leads the reader across performances and workshops held in a city which faces disputes while looking for alternative spaces of co-existence. Find more about the role of art in creating social change through interviews with Dorothée Munyaneza, Nadia Beugré, Meike Clarelli, Kristina Norman, Farah Saleh, Nanda Mohammad.

Crossed by river Skumbin, Elbasan is a city at the very center of Albania. Since 2006 it hosts the Skampa International Theatre Festival organised by Albanian Contemporary Theatre Association A.T.K, which never stops expanding its activities to neighbouring cities and to engage with local communities and youth. Discover the festival’s 20th edition, its performances artists and audience, as seen through the eyes of Spyros Andreopoulos – founder and director of Motus Terrae company – who draws a portrait of a place in the sun, struggling for tomorrow.

No discourse on migration can avoid questioning the boundaries of citizenship, the right to live in a city, to flee and ask for shelter. Access the city’s unknown territories and the mapping of urban spaces while finding new perspectives is the key focus of Atlas of Transitions Biennale Right to the City.

This first issue of Focus for Atlas of Transitions centers on the idea of the European Project as a peace and Human Rights project. Under the premise that it is important to know history in order to understand the present, three scholars have been interviewed about the origins of the European Union.