We are delighted to present you MANIFEST - a new Creative Europe project that enhances dialogue on the transatlantic trade of enslaved people across Europe through art and knowledge sharing.

Funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme, MANIFEST: New artistic perspectives on memories of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people aims to contribute to and enhance the re-imagination of Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people.

The Project seeks to strongly engage with young and multicultural artists and audiences, particularly those for whom the memory of transatlantic slavery is a traceable part of their identity, who are personally and culturally most directly linked with the long-term effects of this trade.


Art residency

By organising an art residency in Budapest, Lisbon and Copenhagen - Artistic Journey - the Project seeks to empower creators to approach the subject matter, re-imagining the history of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people from the perspective of its links in the European continent and its existing cultural traces. The selected artists will travel to the three cities to create art designed to promote a creative look into the past collective memory. Along this Journey, artists and creators will be encouraged to fully take advantage of new technologies and foster personal capacity building.

The Journey will be closed with a Final Event in Nantes, a city filled with vestiges of its slave-trading past. It will be an opportunity to host the Award Ceremony for the residency creators and to engage the artwork with the social debate on the topic.

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Knowledge sharing

In parallel, research and stakeholder engagement with relevant communities will support the Artistic Journey with a solid and documented research contribution about the material and immaterial heritage and social traces of this trade, out of which an Interactive Resources Publication will result.

What was the role of Europe in the transatlantic trade of enslaved people? Who were its main actors? How life on the trading ship was organised? How did colonial products revolutionise European culinary and taste practices in the long term? And most importantly, what legacy and memory of this trade does Europe have today?

Answers to these questions and many more well-documented outputs casting the light on how the transatlantic trade of enslaved people is a constituent element of European history will be shared on our website soon.

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The project is implemented by a Consortium led by Khora, the world’s first combined virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) production house based in Copenhagen. The consortium is joined by Les Anneaux de la Mémoire, France’s leading association working with the themes of the history and heritage of the Atlantic trade of enslaved people and colonial enslavement; Pro Progressione, a Budapest-based artistic hub specialising in international collaborations in the field of culture; Gerador, an independent Portuguese platform for journalism, culture and education; and CUMEDIAE, a Brussels based international non-profit agency providing consultancy services in the field of CCIs European wide. The team is joined by the Advisory Board, consisting of scientific and civil society representatives who ensure the Project’s historical, identity and scientific integrity; and the Artistic Committee, whose members guarantee the quality of the selected art projects.

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