Western route


Cities of Solidarity

[France – Spain – Portugal]

Cities are the scene of resistance and innovation, often in terms of spontaneous ruptures: the place where social protests erupt and mutual cooperation unfolds, where street mobilisations and processes of cultural creation and productive innovation emerge. The European Commission has recently stressed the leading role of cities and metropolitan areas and the need for stronger coordination and exchange between them. More than 70% of Europeans live in urban areas, where 75% of energy consumption and 80% of emissions are also concentrated, placing them at the core of the environmental crisis. Precisely in such a critical context, cities – as was the case in crucial moments of transition in European history – can play again a leading role. The Western route is going to travel to meet city representatives and citizens’ initiatives in order to promote the exchange of best-practices between governments and activists, and raise awareness of the importance that cities play in the international arena.

The Team


Doina Elena Craciun

I studied History and lately specialized in cultural management in Europe. I am driven by the idea that education and culture are great means of raising awareness and enabling stronger citizens’ engagement in building a more egalitarian society. I am particularly active in organizations that fight for equality for minority groups, especially Roma and LGBT+ communities. I am also interested in environmental issues and their strong impact on many other contemporary problems.

logistics coordinator

Emilia Esini

I am a project manager, working for organisation Maghweb, based in Palermo. I take care of designing and implementing European and international projects. I hold an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, which gave me the opportunity to live in different countries of the Mediterranean area and to study them in depth. In my free time I take walks, read loads of books, go to the theatre and to the opera, watch films and enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of Palermo.

communications officer

Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano

I am a journalist, who after some experience in media has mostly worked in communications and social media, concretely in the field of European political communication in Brussels. However, I have recently moved back to Barcelona to create my own communication agency, Agencia Godai. Apart from communication and politics, my main field of interest is anything related to culture. Particularly, cinema, music, literature and analog photography fill most of my personal time. 


Claraluz Lannes Keiser

I am a geographer, urban planner and culture manager. Coming from a multicultural and multisectorial background, I have worked in different projects (rural and urban development, festivals, research, urban interventions, cultural and artistic projects, participatory urbanism) in Brazil, France, Portugal, South Africa, USA and India. I am specialised in developing and implementing participatory methods to engage citizens in urban projects, community life, art projects and environmental causes. 

Stops in route



Exploring the alternative governance

17 May 2019
Town Hall


Les Jeunes font changer Marseille

16 May 2019
Unis-Cité Marseille - 13 Boulevard d'Athènes

Meeting with the organisation Marseille en Communs

16 May 2019
41 rue Jobin Marseille, 13003

Les Jeunes font changer Marseille

16 May 2019
13 Boulevard d'Athènes

Meeting with the organisation Marseille en Communs

16 May 2019
41 rue Jobin

Les Jeunes font changer Marseille

16 May 2019
Unis-Cité Marseille - 13 Boulevard d'Athènes


Youth on the move

13 May 2019
University of Zaragoza


Meeting with Corinne Iehl, counselor of the 7th district of Lyon

18 May 2019
Jardin des Chartreux

Festival Chouette alors!

18 May 2019
Jardin des Chartreux

A Coruña

Romaría ‘Vivir na Coruña’

11 May 2019
Park Paseo das Pontes

Viana do Castelo

Forum Europe in the future of democracy

10 May 2019
Viana do Castelo


Forum: A New European Utopia

09 May 2019
Serralves Foundation


Ruta per la memòria LGBTI

14 May 2019
Raval i Poble Sec - meeting-point Plaça de la Bella Dorita (El Molino)

Building a feminist European network with Fundaciò Aroa & Catalan Council of Women

14 May 2019
Auditorium of the Catalan Institute of Women


Tastes Beyond Borders: First Aid Kit Against Hate Speech

07 May 2019
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte Graça, Lisboa, 1170-107 Lisbon, Portugal

Red lines against fascism

08 May 2019
Largo de S. Domingos

Building an intergenerational Europe

08 May 2019
Rua do Poço dos Negros, 124


Chantier jardin, Saint-Denis

19 May 2019
Place du 8 mai 1945, Saint-Denis.

Le 20 du mois de mai / rencontres, débats, tournée générale

20 May 2019
La Générale, 14, av. Parmentier

Agir contre les inégalités femmes-hommes

20 May 2019
La Maison des Femmes, 12, avenue du 8 mai 1945, 95200, Sarcelles



Check out the publications, reports, and documents related to this route.

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