Even though our venue remains closed to the public, its exhibitions go online! Following our display for the 25th anniversary of the European Ombudsman, we would now like you to have an insight on japanese creations.
Carried out as part of the Mail Art project, they were made by talented citizens of Strasbourg's partner city, Kagoshima. Throughout the Summer, our Lieu d'Europe hosted an exhibition of 168 enveloppes whose commissioners were Michel DEJEAN and Catherine GANGLOFF. We saw there a key opportunity to strengthen our bonds with foreign friends in times of pandemic. Therefore, Strasbourg citizens were invited to customize enveloppes that we would sent to a sister or partner city.
Kagoshima did the very same and shared its wonderful art works with us. We would like to thank the Division for International Affairs of Kagoshima City for its enthusiasm and precious support in contacting citizens and sending us their enveloppes.
Shall you like to know more on the partnership between Strasbourg and Kagoshima :
Ongoing since 2018, the partnership between Strasbourg and Kagoshima aims at strengthening bonds with citizens by promoting Japan culture in Strasbourg and encourage mobilities between the two cities. Youth, public urban transports, heritage and economic developement are at the heart of this relationship.
Sport and Japanese classes from the Jean Monnet Highschool launched exchanges with a foreign counterpart in november 2019. Sports events have also been organised as part of a project set up in 2018 by two people from Strasbourg, a cycle race in Kagoshima (Japanese Odyssey) and visits are planned between rugby and women's handball teams from the two cities.
The development of a city that is both active and environmentally friendly is also taken into account, with the aim of sharing experience on urban planning and the extension of public transport. The inclusion of citizens is also at the heart of the project, with exchanges of documentation on inclusion policies for older people, or the consideration of citizens' initiatives in the decision-making process.