MANIFEST applications are now closed!

✨ MANIFEST received a total of 227 applications from artists from 27 countries and overseas territories within the Creative Europe’s framework. ✨

We thank all artists who applied to MANIFEST’s Call for Artists! The applications have been very well received by our Selection Committee.

MANIFEST’s Open Call for artists intends to provide an avenue for the development of collaborative artwork re-imagining Europe’s collective memory of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people and its existing cultural traces.

⚠️ Due to the high number of submissions, the selection process may take longer than presumed. We will notify all accepted artists and not selected applicants as well via emails provided in the application process.

🔹 We would like to thank all organisations and individuals who helped spread the word about this unique opportunity! 🔹

MANIFEST publishes the first Resources Centre materials!

On the occasion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, MANIFEST was proud to announce the launch of the first Resources Publications!

The Resource Centre, coordinated by Les Anneaux de la Mémoire, provides the most solid historical narrative research and an inventory of resources in the subject of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people, thus reinforcing the quality of the full social debate, and solidifying the grounds of the artistic exercise and creation.

“This work undertaken with all the partners of MANIFEST is so exciting! It is based on an Artistic Journey that will begin in June 2023. As the Artistic Journey is building on such a sensitive subject, which has impacted millions of people, the consortium believes It must be fueled by varied, historical data, coming from current research. This is the objective of the MANIFEST Resource Center!” - Patricia Beauchamp Afadé, scientific coordinator and manager for MANIFEST.

The Resource Centre currently consists of:

📖The first historic note “The return effects of the Atlantic trade of enslaved people in Europe” written by Guy Sapin that explores the multiple impacts of the international commerce, the dominance of colonial traffic in international exchanges, and the structural part played by the trade of enslaved African people within the heart of the Atlantic trading system.

📖 The second historic note “Transnational consumption and circulations” by Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel that concentrates more widely on the transnational space of the consumer society, the transnational circulations of the consumer and the responsibility of consumer-users.

🎬 A list of movies and documentaries in the subject matter;

🔗 A list of resources;

🌍 An Interactive Map indicating the contemporary heritage of the trade of enslaved people. The map will be updated each month with new elements.

Read the first notes

👥 Join our supporting network “Friends of MANIFEST”

📣 MANIFEST is expanding its network! You can now join a selected group of trusted MANIFEST friends - organizations and institutions sharing the same mission and values 📣

Are you interested in collaborating with MANIFEST as an organisation or as an individual ? Are you willing to take part in the promotion of the artistic output along the Artistic Journey and where possible, enhance pathways for the selected artists to have greater visibility? Would you like to benefit from greater access to the knowledge pathways and processes behind the MANIFEST scenes? Finally, would you like to see your organisation promoted on the dedicated section on our website and in social media?

The Consortium has envisaged the creation of “Friends of MANIFEST”, with the intention to better structure our interaction with those who can and are willing to provide an effective contribution in any way, adding to the project’s processes and facilitating its largest dissemination and the greater impact for the potential artists and audiences.

📧 If you are interested in this opportunity, you can contact our team at

EHNE - Digital Encyclopedia of European History joins “Friends of MANIFEST”

We are delighted to announce that EHNE, a digital encyclopedia that was founded in 2012 from a European project (LabEx) led by the Sorbonne University has joined the “Friends of MANIFEST” network!

The aim of the platform is to disseminate research in History, thanks to the contributions of hundreds of French and foreign specialists. Through short, illustrated and enriched scientific contents, EHNE proposes numerous themes and a transversal approach to the history of Europe.

Together with our partner Les Anneaux de la Mémoire, EHNE will contribute to the MANIFEST Resources Publication Centre dedicated to the history of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people and its European legacies. This collaboration permits the dissemination of historical research in a joint manner by addressing a wide audience throughout Europe.

The MANIFEST team looks forward to build a strong network and start collaborating with various organisations and individuals around the globe that share a profound interest in the project.

About the project

Co-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.

MANIFEST, through a participatory, innovative, and cross-disciplinary approach to artistic creation, offers a new framework to interconnect art with memory and social inclusion. It aspires to provide an updated window to a shared European missing memory. The project will feature an Artistic Journey through an artistic residency, as well as provide historical and documentation support about the material and immaterial heritage of the transatlantic trade of enslaved people in a Resources Publication.

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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