On 26th September 2014, 80 participants from 8 EU member states participated in an international ROOTS & ROUTES conference in Rotterdam, which also was the final event of the projects “U-CARE – Urban Culture Against Racism in Europe” and “Steps Ahead – Professionalisation of Junior Coaches in Performing Arts and Media”.
The conference had two programme lines, “entrepreneurship and young artists” and “promoting diversity through urban culture with special attention to peer coaching”. The programme was a mix of keynote speeches, interactive workshops, project presentations, and artistic performances developed during the “U-CARE” and “Steps Ahead” projects. Dancers and musicians from France and The Netherlands showcased their U-CARE Collaboration, which they had created together within one week in summer 2014.

The U-CARE project involved hundreds of young artists in 8 European countries from 2012 to 2014. Check the video documentary from the U-CARE Summer Academy, hosted by jfc Medienzentrum at Landesmusikakademie NRW Heek-Nienborg/Germany in August 2013:



U-CARE was funded by the EU programme Fundamental Rights and Citizenship; Steps Ahead was funded by the EU programme LEONARDO.

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