What would it be like if we could connect people from all over Europe and beyond through questions and uncertainties? What if we didn’t try to answer those questions but only to respond with more questions? Would that create a tool for change? Or maybe a recipe for an awesome mess?
Those are some of the questions we started with at the Spaces for Solidarity gathering that was planned to be in Rijeka in Croatia in the summer of 2020 but ended up on zoom due to the impact of Covid-19.
The Fellowship of Questions came from that meeting. A grouping of people from different places (Italy, Serbia, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, England, Portugal) decided to develop a project that created a solidarity of uncertainty. To stay with questions rather than answers.
People liked the idea. More than that people actually decided to back the idea...with money. Both the European Cultural Foundation and the Allianz Kulturstiftung put money into developing the Fellowship of Questions idea.
At the beginning of 2021 the Fellowship started organising local projects in the different countries to test out the idea with people of all ages and backgrounds.
People still liked the idea.
So in the summer of 2021 the projects started crossing borders. For example homeless men in Portugal asking questions through poetry with responses from young people in the UK. Some of the ideas happen in the offline world with pen and paper, letters, and chalk on pavements. Some of it in the online world of zoom and miro, facebook and instagram.
The Fellowship created a website to bring those ideas and projects together in one place during 2022; a brand new digital platform for the Fellowship of Questions.
A beautiful old chapel, an old caravan, and a school of creativity and activism
El Warcha means workshop in Arabic
Oyoun conceives, develops and implements artistic-cultural projects through decolonial, queer*feminist and migrant perspectives
Forum Apulum is a grassroots civic non-profit organisation from Alba Iulia, a small town in Transylvania, Romania, focused on empowering the next generation of community leaders, of different ages around the country.
A group of ethnologists, anthropologists and artists researching audio-visual aspects of culture.
As we develop this initiative we are only too happy to invite you to join the Fellowship, whether you are an individual or an organisation. If you become part of the Fellowship then you will find out more about how the whole project develops and you will be invited to take part, maybe being involved or even coordinating your own Fellowship of Questions projects locally or internationally.
Get in touch with us to learn more about becoming a Fellowship of Questions FellowContact Us