iJuLa Youth Lab in Zollstock: Opening on July 2nd

30. June 2021

We would like to meet you! We invite you to come by on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 to our first iJuLa youth lab at Herthastraße 50 in Cologne-Zollstock.

Whether you want to listen to the musical contributions, get a bit creative in our painting corner, conquer the social media world with an iJuLa selfie or just sit together with a coffee or a cold drink, here’s your chance!

You can download the programme here.

iJuLa is an RRCGN project and is funded by the program “Demokratie leben!” by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; additional funding comes from DOHLE Foundation, from Fonds Soziokultur within the BKM programme “NEUSTART KULTUR”, and from Deutsche Postcode Lotterie.

Mixed Reality Exchange 2020 – exhibition and presentation at Alte Feuerwache

8. July 2020

Since June 29th, 30 young artists have been working on the themes of “proximity/distance” - “communication/isolation” - “physical and virtual encounter”.

On July 14th at 19:00 the exhibition with the results of the project will open at Alte Feuerwache Köln (Halle). It will also be on display for the whole day on July 15th.

Please find more information here.

Generation Europe Mixed Reality Exchange 2020 – apply now!

2. June 2020

You are 18 to 26 years old and active artistically? Would you like to work for two weeks with other young artists* from Cologne, Florence and Larissa on the topics of proximity vs. distance, communication vs. isolation and physical vs. virtual encounter? Then apply now!

Online General Assembly, the first

19. May 2020

This year’s RRCGN general assembly meeting took place on May 15th ... for the first time ever as an online conference. The board was discharged for the 2019 business year, and the team presented the planned major relaunch of the RRCGN public relations and website.

Corona update

11. May 2020

As of today our office is open again; you are welcome to come by with a face mask. On Wednesdays we still have the online consultation hour if required; appointments: janna@rrcgn.de

For our planned international encounter in the project “Generation Europe – Arts and Social Responsibility” (June 29th to July 16th), we now have a plan B: The Cologne group will travel together to Heek on June 29th, the participants from Greece and Italy will work in their respective countries in parallel. In an online dialogue, artistic productions will be created on the themes of nearness vs. distance, communication vs. isolation, physical vs. virtual encounter.

Corona infos

17. March 2020

Dear all,

as of today, our office will be closed for the time being and the RRCGN team will do home office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us as usual, the best way is via info@rrcgn.de.

We offer online consultation hours (Skype or Facetime) on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 17:00 CET for your special consulting needs: e.g. if you want to revise your CV, have an idea for an artistic/cultural education project, or if you have a loss of earnings as an artistic coach. Date arrangements: janna@rrcgn.de

The kick-off academy in the project iJuLa planned for Easter time has been postponed, new dates (if Corona won’t interfere): June 19th to 21st preparatory workshop in Cologne, October 17th to 26th kick-off-academy in Heek-Nienborg.

We hope that our international exchange “Generation Europe – Arts and Social Responsibility” (June 29th to July 16th) can take place as planned.

Stay healthy, stay at home & see you soon!
Janna, Yves, Tim & Sascha

#YAfQRaV Publication has been released

4. March 2020

In October 2019, our 28-month project “Young Arts for Queer Rights and Visibility” (#YAfQRaV) ended. Now the project publication is finally available: with articles by experts, a project documentation, plus ideas and methods for the practice of queer and all-gender inclusive youth work.

The #YAfQRaV publication can be downloaded here (8.8 MB) – sorry, German language only.

#YAfQRaV has been funded by the Innovation Fund of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and DOHLE foundation, and was also funded by the EU programme Erasmus+ and the North Rhine-Westphalian Youth Ministry in 2018.

Apply now for the iJuLa Easter Academy

19. February 2020

More ...

Sign-up form
(Form in german language; in case you don’t speak German, don’t hesitate to contact us at yves@rrcgn.de)

iJuLa is an RRCGN project and is funded by the program “Demokratie Leben” by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and additionally by the DOHLE Foundation.

2020, let’s go!

2. January 2020

2019 was an exciting year for us with many great projects, we thank all participants, artists, partners and funders!

2020 could go even further ... we are looking forward to the start of our new five-year project “iJuLa - intersectional Youth Laboratories in the neighbourhood", funded by the federal german programme “Demokratie Leben” and DOHLE foundation; and to the City of Cologne continuing to support us as a recognised institution for cultural education.

With iJuLa project worker Yves Sanwidi and administrative assistant Tim Junge we can welcome two new colleagues to the team, both former ROOTS & ROUTES project participants – welcome on board!

Among our highlights last year were the projects “Young Arts for Queer Rights and Visibility” (#YAfQRaV) and “Street to Stage”, the international encounters “The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2019” (#RRRXP19) and “Future Lab Young Europe 2019” (#FLYE19), and the Cologne premiere of the international urban dance production “Mind Ur Step” - here’s some impressions, find more, as always, on our pages at Facebook, Instagram and Youtube!

Janna Hadler elected as ROOTS & ROUTES International Association Vice President

16. September 2019

At the annual General Assembly of the ROOTS & ROUTES International Association (RRIA) in Marseille on Thursday, Sept 12th, RRCGN program director Janna Hadler was elected as RRIA vice president. Congratulations from the whole RRCGN family!
... also to new president Sam Khebizi from Les Têtes de l’Art, to Susannah Iheme from Centro di Creazione e Cultura (dance coach and choreographer at two RRCGN projects so far) who also became vice president, and to all other newly elected and re-elected board members: Dainius Babilas, Jade Schiff, Andreas Almpanis, Irene Iap, Bori Bujdoso and Roxana Staicu!

RRCGN financial director Sascha Düx, who was RRIA board member since association’s founding conference in 2008, and treasurer since 2013, left the board of the international umbrella organisation: “It was 11 great years, but now it’s time for a new generation to take over!” – he will of course remain active at RRCGN, and also in the international network.

The General Assembly took place in connection with the international meeting in the project “DeTalks – Creative and Inclusive Non-Verbal Education”. DeTalks pilot projects connecting artistic expression and language learning will be starting this autumn ... stay tuned!

DeTalks is coordinated by Folkuniversitetet Lund and funded by Erasmus+.
Photo by Giannis Chatziantoniou.

Video documentary “Urban Research” is online now

8. July 2019

In the project “Street to Stage – Urban Process” young urban dancers from Cologne developed their dance skills in the direction of stage art. Under the artistic and conceptual direction of Bahar Gökten and Daniela Rodriguez Romero from nutrospektif, a work-in-progress performance was created and presented to an enthusiastic audience at TanzFaktur Köln on May 5th, 2019. The video documentary of the project is now online on the project page. “Street to Stage” will enter its second phase after the summer holidays.

Apply for international ROOTS & ROUTES projects 2019 until April 23rd!

8. April 2019

Music, dance, media, circus, theatre or poetry: art is your passion? Would you like to collaborate with young artists from all over Europe, network, experiment and develop yourself? Would you like to develop artistic productions on current topics together with other artists or to jointly put together a big stage show? Are you at least 16 and at most 26 years old? Then you’ve come to the right place: sign up here for the ROOTS & ROUTES Projects 2019!

Board of RRCGN newly elected

2. April 2019

At our General Assemly 2019, Teya Leonard-Quarmyne was elected newly into the board of our association. Welcome!

Congrats also to re-elected board members Andreas Kern, Sina Schindler, Niklas Josten and Sebastian Kim.

Also, a big thank you to former board member Johannes Da-Costa who did not candidate this time, but may come back in the future.

The board of RRCGN is elected every three years. The voluntary board members coordinate the association’s activities.

International Urban Dance Production “Mind Ur Step” coming to Cologne on April 1st, 2019

24. March 2019

Attention, relocation: The performance will take place at Alte Feuerwache Köln/Bühne, Melchiorstr. 3, starting punctually at 20:30!

After celebrated performances in Rotterdam, Brussels, The Hague and La Rochelle, it’s finally in Cologne: “Mind Ur Step” will guest at Alte Feuerwache on April 1st.

Mind Ur Step is a danced declaration of love to urban stage art, choreographed by Dutch and French urban dance greats Lloyd Marengo, Nabil Ouelhadj and Kader Attou as well as the 11 young professional dancers from DE, NL, FR and BE.

An international ROOTS & ROUTES production, supported by the EU program CREATIVE EUROPE, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Podiumskonsten and the City of Cologne.

Box office 12 € / 9 € reduced
Reservations: tickets@rrcgn.de

RRCGN to Receive Municipal Funding as Cultural Education Institution

20. March 2019

The city’s youth welfare committee decided today that ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. will receive regular funding as a specialist cultural educational institution. After 5 years of successful international and local cultural youth work in Cologne, RRCGN can now for the first time create a permanent half time job. Thanks to everybody who walked this way with us, or who supported us. We are happy that the work of RRCGN can stand on more solid ground now, and we are ready to implement great projects with young people and young adults from Cologne and from all over Europe with full energy!

Happy holidays from RRCGN

24. December 2018

RRCGN advent calendar 2018 ends today, with a love story: (In)Exorabilis. A performance from the international exchange we hosted in November on Baltrum/Germany in the context of the “Young Arts for Queer Rights and Visibility” (#YAfQRaV) project, as presented live at Ehrenfeldstudios Cologne on November 15th, 2018. Check the full advent calendar on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

And the young.europe.award 2018 goes to ... RRCGN!

28. September 2018

On September 27th, NRW Youth Culture Prize was awarded at See You Festival in Neuss. One of the two main prizes in the category “young.europe.award” went to RRCGN for our international exchange project „The Roots & Routes Experience 2017“ (#RRXP17). The jury praised our “continuous, exemplary cross-border work” and called RRXP “the perfect concept to raise awareness for and cohesion in Europe”.We are very happy, and we’re sending a big thank you to all participants, partners and sponsors (including EU programme ERASMUS+ and the children and youth funding plan of the state of NRW)! This award gives us momentum for the currently starting plans for #RRXP19 ...

(Photo © Hanne Brandt)

"The stories were never told": videos on LGBTTIQ*-inclusiveness now online!

18. April 2018

Stories that are still too infrequently heard: At the seminar “The stories we were never told” in Sitges / Spain in summer 2017, they came to the table.

The international project, where youth workers stand up for LGBTTIQ*-inclusiveness with creative means, creates spaces for personal stories and highlights the importance of countering LGBTTIQ*-discrimination. In preparation of the RRCGN project “Same Love, Same Rights – Young Arts for LGBTTIQ* Equality” (SLSR), we sent a four-person delegation to the international seminar, with RRCGN program director Janna Hadler and three colleagues from youth, cultural and media work. Together with delegates from Italy, Austria and Spain, they worked biographically on gender identities and sexual orientation.

Since today the second video from the project is online. Here are links to both videos, filmed by longtime RRCGN media coach Conny Beißler:

Looking Back at 2017 and Forward at 2018

8. January 2018

2017 was a very busy year for ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne – so busy that we often didn’t find the time to update this website. Sorry for this! You can find more recent updates at http://www.facebook.com/RRCGN and at http://www.instagram.com/rrcgn/.

Highlights of the year included the international exchange projects “The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017” and “Art4Act – Diversity Dismantling Discrimination”, as well as the ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy 2017, the KRS-One Masterclass and the start of the 2-year Urban Dance project “Mind Ur Step”.

Here’s some vids from 2017:

For 2018, many new things are planned, including international residencies hosted by RRCGN within the projects “Mind Ur Step”, “Drum & Brass” and “Same Love, Same Rights” ... stay tuned for more :-)

„InterFEARends“ – International Performing Arts Against Fear

19. August 2017

50 young artists from 10 countries jointly take artistic action against personal and societal fears and anxiety: At the premiere at Alte Feuerwache Köln on August 29th, the participants will connect dance, music, live media and spoken word to explore the question: How do fears influence our lives and societies, and what can we do about that?

“The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017” (RRXP17) is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. project in cooperation with international partners and is being funded by the EU-Programme Erasmus+, the North Rhine-Westphalian youth ministry and the City of Cologne, with kind support from Dr. Dirk Baier foundation.


Press release The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2017 (German) (0.73 MB)

ROOTS & ROUTES Auditions on June 4th, 2017: Sign up now!

30. May 2017

Young talents in the areas of dance, music, media, theatre, poetry and acrobatics will get the chance to qualify for 5 international projects on Sunday, June 4th. The auditions are open to everybody at the ages of 16 to 30 years. A professional jury will make the selection and give individual feedback.

Sign up here.

The projects:
The auditions will run from 08:30 to 18:30 Uhr at Coach e. V. in Köln-Ehrenfeld, Oskar-Jäger-Straße 139, at the very end of the long driveway. Detailed time information will be provided by e-mail after sign-up.

Show your Skills: ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coaches live on Stage

19. May 2017

24 young artists from 7 German federal states have been trained as ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coaches around easter. On May 22nd, they will present themselves at Bühne der Kulturen Cologne.

The ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy 2017 took place from April 14th to 25th at Landesmusikakademie NRW Heek-Nienborg. Young musicians, film makers and dancers extended their competences in the fields of self management, group leadership and artistic skills. The participants, 16 to 30 years of age, were instructed by professionals including Jimi Renfro (formerly Marla Glen Band), Sabine Lindlar (choreographer) and youtuber Gong Bao (Noobtownmonkeys).

The academy phase is now followed by a practical phase, where the 24 Peer Coaches can prove themselves in workshops and courses. Schools, youth clubs, dance, music and art schools who could use young coaches are warmly invited to contact the ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne Team.

On May 22nd, 2017, from 17:00 to 19:30 CET the Peer Coach classed of 2016 and 2017 will present themselves on stage at Bühne der Kulturen in Cologne Ehrenfeld; after that, finger food is served and possible future employers can meet the Peer Coaches.

The “Show your Skills” presentation day is funded by DOHLE Stiftung. “The ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy” is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e.V. project, funded by Stiftung Deutsche Jugendmarke e. V. and von der DOHLE Stiftung.

The Teacha comes to Cologne: Masterclass with KRS-One on March 19th

9. March 2017

ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. and Coach e. V. Köln present: KRS-One Masterclass, March 19th, 2017, 17:00-19:00 CET

After our partners ROOTS & ROUTES Rotterdam have already hosted four sold-out KRS-One Masterclasses, finally it also happens in Cologne: A masterclass for all established and aspiring MCs and HipHop artists.

The masterclass will run at Coach e. V., Oskar-Jäger-Straße 139, Köln. Directions here.

Sign-up: info@rrcgn.de
Fee: 10 € at the door, for ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy 2016/2017 paticipants: 7 €

Funded by DOHLE-Stiftung in the framework of the project “LevelUp!”.

I-CARE: Young artists from Cologne join Performance against Racism in Florence

31. August 2016

In September 2016, young artists from Germany, Italy and Lithuania will meet in Florence, making their creativity speak up against discrimination. From September 5th to 18th, our association ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. is sending seven young artists to the project “I-CARE – InterCulture Against Racism in Europe 2016”.

Dance, music, acting and media art – the international group will use a diverse range of artistic languages and styles to deal with discrimination and racism. Supported by the artistic and educational team of the Italian partner Centro di Creazione e Cultura, a shared room for exchange will be created in public space.

The project “I-CARE – InterCulture Against Racism in Europe” started in 2015; there, young artists from the three partner countries developed the transdisciplinary performance “Roommates” that premiered on October 19th at Bühne der Kulturen Köln. I-CARE will continue in 2017; then, young artists from Cologne and Florence will travel to Lithuania to develop another performance in Kaunas.

The I-CARE project is coordinated by ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. and funded by ewoca³, a programme by IBB e.V. funded by the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia and Mercator foundation.


Press release (German) (0.54 MB)

The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2016: ready to go

14. July 2016

46 young artists from 9 countries want to take the audience with them on their journey to a future Europe in Cologne on August 1st and 2nd: Their performance “RE:CHOICE” combines voices, bodies, movements, projections, beats and rhymes.

On Monday (July 18th), our project “The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2016” will start. Guided by artistic director Youngung Sebastian Kim a.k.a. Jaekwon, well-known b-boy and choreographer, young musicians, dancers, media and poetry artists will create the transdisciplinary performance “RE:CHOICE”.

At Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek-Nienborg ideas from different parts of Europe will meet, artistic languages from participants from Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Lattvia, France, Italy, Turkey, the UK and the Netherlands will flow together to create a common work of art.

Questions like: “What are our options? How do our choices influence ourselves and the people around us?” will ccompany the creation process. A space representing a potential of choices will be projected on stage: Could this be a future Europe? The piece will be performed on August 1st and 2nd in the theatre hall of community centre Alte Feuerwache Cologne.

“The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2016” (RRXP16) is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. project in cooperation with international partners and is being funded by the EU-Programme Erasmus+ and the North Rhine-Westphalian youth ministry. RRXP16 is kindly supported by the City of Cologne and Börner Foundation.


Press release The Roots & Routes Experience 2016 (German) (0.72 MB)

Young artists wanted for international stage production

31. May 2016

Starting in mid July, 45 young dancers, musicians and media artists from 9 countries are going to develop a joined interdisciplinary performance which will be staged on August 1st and 2nd at Alte Feuerwache, Cologne. Auditions for young artists living in Germany and interested in joining this project will take place on June 19th.

Music, dance, media/visual arts, theatre and more: Young artists from 18 to 30 years of age who would love to cooperate with artists from all over Europe are invited to join the ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2016 project.

On July 18th, 2016, about 45 young people from Europe – both long term residents and newly arrived – are going to meet at Landesmusikakademie NRW Heek-Nienborg. There, they will be dealing with topics like the future Europe, racism, gender roles, war, refugees and migration. Guided by artistic director Youngung Sebastian Kim a.k.a. Jaekwon, a well-known choreographer from Salzburg, and a professional team of coaches, an interdisciplinary performance will be created, bringing together all participants into a transcultural dialogue. The piece will be performed on August 1st and August 2nd at Alte Feuerwache Cologne.

People interested in participating in the project can sign-up online now for the auditions on June 19th, when the German group will be put together: www.rrcgn.de/auditions

Further information: www.rrcgn.de/rrxp16 and info@rrcgn.de.

“The ROOTS & ROUTES Experience 2016” (RRXP16) is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V. project in cooperation with international partners and is being funded by the EU-Programme Erasmus+. RRXP16 kindly supported by the City of Cologne and the Börner-Foundation.

ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coaches ready for practical experiences

19. May 2016

20 young artists from 7 German federal states are currently starting their career as Peer Coaches in the field of cultural youth work. The video documentary of the first part of the ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Education is online now.

The ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy 2016 took place from March 25th to April 5th, 2016, at Landesmusikakademie NRW Heek-Nienborg. Young graffiti artists, musicians and dancers extended their competences in the fields of self management, group leadership and artistic skills. The participants, 16 to 30 years of age, were instructed by professionals including Jimi Renfro (formerly Marla Glen Band), Puya Bagheri (Outline e.V.), Sabine Lindlar (choreographer) and Tatwaffe (Die Firma).

The video documentary of the ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy 2016 can be watched online.

The academy phase is now followed by a practical phase, where the 20 Peer Coaches can prove themselves in workshops and courses. Schools, youth clubs, dance, music and art schools who could use young coaches are warmly invited to contact the ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne Team.

For the second phase of the ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach education starting in April 2017, we are looking for youth work organisations from all over Germany who would be ready to send participants to the Peer Coach Academy 2017 and after that, accompany them during their practical phase. For further information see www.rrcgn.de/rrpca and info@rrcgn.de.

“The ROOTS & ROUTES Peer Coach Academy” is a ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e.V. project, funded by Stiftung Deutsche Jugendmarke e. V. and by DOHLE Stiftung.

24Hz festival: movies, photos, timelapse

15. September 2015

After the festival is before the festival: The second edition of 24Hz festival is planned for 2017. Until then, you can wallow in impressions of the first editions for some more that we have collected here and at the Facebook page:

The movies created at the Urban Art and Media Exchange that had their premieres in the framework of 24Hz festival as well as the timelapse films you can also find at the festival website: 24hz.de/produktion.

24hz.de is online

8. August 2015

Finally online: Our festival website www.24hz.de, programmed by ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne treasurer Aileen. German language for the moment, English version will follow very soon.

Prep meeting for project I-CARE

7. June 2015

Preparation seminar by the EWOCA3-Workcamp programme just running in Hattingen/Germany. Here’s the Italian, Lithuanian and German group leaders for our October exchange project “I-CARE – InterCulture Against Racism in Europe”.

MaMOE advent calendar

1. December 2014

Our advent calendar starts today: Until Dec 24th, we will present a new result from our recent project “Music and Media for an Open Europe” (‪#‎MaMOE14‬) every day at RRCGN’s Facebook page.

The kick-off is made with the music video “Home”, a Serbian/Greek/French/Dutch/German co-production. Comic artist Predrag has drawn the home towns of all protagonists. Enjoy!

MaMOE presentation at Motoki

22. November 2014

MaMOE 2014 presentation at motoki-Kollektiv on Thursday was a blast! Thank you all for coming and thanks to our great participants and artists who survived a day-long trip from Baltrum back to Cologne after a very short night and still rocked Motoki Wohnzimmer. More photos are coming!

1000 and 1 realities workshop at Inselschule Baltrum

17. November 2014

Mahnaz Motazedi, Lu Lu O, Victoria Coronada and Lorenzo Ciacciavicca doing a "1000 and 1 realities" workshop at Inselschule Baltrum at our first project "Music and Media for an Open Europe".

Project MaMOE starts!

5. November 2014

RRCGN'n first own project starts right NOW! We're proud, excited and very much looking forward to welcome 50+ participants from 8 countries to our project "Music and Media for an Open Europe" today.

Tomorrow the whole group will start the journey to the North-sea island Baltrum where we will work on songs, videos and more for two weeks.

The fantastic Ed Motta kicked-off the project with a masterclass for the participants of our international exchange project. Thanks to Ed, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld and to Hannes Huefken and Gabriel Riquelme who helped to make this happen!

R&R fresh again at YouTube

12. October 2014

Freshly relaunched: The YouTube channel of the international ROOTS & ROUTES network. Highlights from various international ROOTS & ROUTES projects will soon be added.

First RRCGN project granted!

27. June 2014

We are very happy to announce that our very first project has been granted: "Music and Media for an Open Europe" (MaMOE), an international exchange for young musicians and media makers from Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, France, Serbia, Italy, the UK and Germany.

The project will run November 5th to 21st, 2014, on the island Baltrum.

J-JD in Liverpool

16. January 2014

R&R Cologne board member J-JD on his current visit to our Liverpool partner organisation Brouhaha International

RRCGN business cards

11. January 2014

We start into the year 2014 with freshly printed business cards for the board and core team as well as an official association’s stamp!

ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne association is founded!

4. December 2013

On December 4th, the ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne association (RRCGN) was founded. As a part of the international ROOTS & ROUTES network, RRCGN will promote international youth exchanges, cultural diversity and interdisciplinary artistic projects.

The founding assembly elected a board for three years: Andreas Kern (president), Salvatore Chianta (vice president), Aileen Wessely (treasurer), Johannes "J-JD" da-Costa, Sina Schindler and Sascha Düx.