About & Partners


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;

Supported by Creative Europe, Västra Götaland Region + other national/regional/local sources.


Led by:

TILLT // Gothenburg, Sweden // www.tillt.se

Artistic Partners:

CZKD // Belgrade, Serbia // http://www.czkd.org/

Keunstwurk // Leuwaarden 2018, Netherlands // http://www.keunstwurk.nl/

House of Humour and Satire // Gabrovo, Bulgaria// www.humourhouse.bg/enindex.html

CIKE + Kair // Kosice, Slovakia // http://www.cike.sk/en + http://www.kair.sk/

Knowledge Partners:

Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) // Zagreb, Croatia // http://www.cms.hr/en

Symbiosis // Thessaloniki, Greece // http://www.symbiosis.org.gr/en/

Associate Partners:

Zoukak Theatre Company // Beirut, Lebanon // http://www.zoukak.org/

Anadolu Kültür // Istanbul, Turkey // http://www.anadolukultur.org/en/

Ramallah Municipality // Palestine // http://www.ramallah.ps/english.aspx

Ettijahat Independent Culture // Syria // http://www.ettijahat.org/site/index

Tandem Cultural Exchange // Berlin, Germany // http://www.tandemforculture.org/programmes/tandem-shaml/