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Time for a positive European story

13 Maggio Mag 2013 1842 13 maggio 2013

Hello Europe is a project to connect people in Europe, enabling them to know about each others’ cultures

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Hello Europe is a project to connect people in Europe, enabling them to know about each others’ cultures

Connect people from different countries in Europe. This is the mission of Hello Europe, a fun and ambitious project launched by three young Belgian friends, Senne Dehandschutter, Majd Khalifeh and Mathias Brouns. How does it work? They are going to place large 6x2 meters screens at central places in big European cities. Screens in two different cities will be connected for 30 minutes at a time. After that period the connection will change; this way different people in different places will get the chance to meet each other.
“What is Belgium? A beer, a sandwich, a chocolate?” According to the three Belgians “although our city, Bruxelles, is the capital of the European Union we know as little of our fellow Europeans as they know about us”. This project will enable different people in different European countries to know about each others’ lives and culture. And, as the project leaders envision it, it might even be possible to get to debate members of the European Parliament.
Standing in front of one of the large screen, it will be possible to see and speak with the person standing in front of the other screen as if he or she was standing in front of us in real life.
The idea of this audio visual experience came to the three guys as they all work in the sector: Majd is a tv journalist, Mathias works in film production and Senne is a director. Therefore they wanted to put their audio-visual experience together to set a platform that gives Europeans a chance to connect.
The Hello Europe project is not politically inspired. It is not a commercial for the European Union. Its only purpose is to connect people in Europe because they think “it is time for a positive European story”. They want all European countries to be involved, also the non-EU members.
At present Hello Europe is looking for sponsors and for the help of volunteers to realize the project.