2017 sees us hoisting our sails again and heading out to faraway waters! Our field trip continues. It isn’t just our second #rpDUB in Dublin from 7 to 8 September 2017 that we’re looking forward to this year. We’ve got another exciting destination on our agenda: Greece! That means we’ll have to do a little more packing this time around, because we’ll be heading straight on from the #rpDUB to the #rpTHE, taking place from 11 to 13 September 2017 in Thessaloniki at Warehouse 1 and the Museum of Cinematography at the Port of Thessaloniki!

Due to the economic situation of the last years, Greece today conveys a similar feeling of creative awakening, as well as a darker underbelly, that Berlin had following the fall of the wall. Through this, Greece and the surrounding areas not only harbour a multitude of innovations and creativity, but also a reference and connection to Berlin and, with it, the re:publica. That’s why we are especially happy to tackle the adventure that is Thessaloniki together, whose kick-off we celebrated at the re:connecting EUROPE Space at #rp17!

Why Thessaloniki? As the birthplace of European culture, an intersection to the Balkans and beyond, Greece stands out as the next, relevant partner country. “The gateway” to the Balkans, with the biggest port in the region and a 2,300 year-old city history, make it a very interesting destination indeed! As we see it, Thessaloniki’s multitude of creative legacies and innovations make it the ideal location for a long-lasting integration into the re:publica network. In addition, Thessaloniki is situated near countries such as Albania, Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia and Turkey.

To help further establish and strengthen existing intersections and ties to players and stakeholders from the Greek digital community, we will be launching our vision of a networked Europe with the re:connecting EUROPE Space at the #rp17 and want to make it accessible to everyone! Thanks to the support from the Federal Foreign Office, we now have the chance to bring together activists, entrepreneurs, founders and artists from all over Europe, to exchange and elaborate ideas, projects and opportunities!

“I’ve been visiting the city in the north of Greece together with other representatives of the Berlin creative scene for years now, and every time I catch myself thinking – I know this feeling from somewhere. The city always feels special when you visit it. And what would fit better than organising a re:publica, with its special atmosphere, there. Done and done. I’m looking forward to our trip to Thessaloniki!” Andreas Gebhard, founder and Director of the re:publica.

Photo credit: Andrey Pshenichny (CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • Sunny Greece! Participants discuss outside at #rpTHE

    2017 saw us hoisting our sails again and heading out to faraway waters. Our field trip continued! It wasn’t just our second #rpDUB in Dublin from 7 to 8 September 2017, we had another exciting destination on our agenda: Greece! That meant we had to do a little more packing this time around, because we headed straight on from the #rpDUB to the #rpTHE, taking place the same month from 11 to 13 September 2017 in Thessaloniki.

  • Our funky #rpEUROPE logo and visual

    Networking the digital society and creating spaces for the exchange of ideas has always been the aim of the re:publica. It has remained an international endeavour throughout the past eleven years. Once again this is exactly what we did in 2017 and we invited you to join us.The re:publica wouldn’t be the unique event that it is if it weren’t for your active participation, and we prepared quite an exciting package for you: our continued field trip!

  • e:publica Dublin was recorded for you, of course!
    It’s only been a month since re:publica headed out on its digital field trip across Europe. We touched down in Dublin for the #rpDUB from 7 - 8 September and then headed straight on to Thessaloniki for #rpTHE from 11 - 13 September. Watch our re:cap Videos here.
  • One of many sessions at the Light House Cinema during #rpDUB
    We’d like to take the opportunity to present six of our speakers and our partners at WOMEX, who accompanied us to both conferences and helped carry the idea of a networked Europe to Dublin and Thessaloniki.
  • Impressions from Day 1 at #rpTHE
    re:publica touched down in Dublin from 8-9 September and then journeyed across the continent to dock in Thessaloniki from 11-13 September. For a total of 5 amazing days, we got together with decision-makers, activists, organisations and the local communities to debate, discuss solutions and connect Europe.
  • Thank you so much for being a part of re:connecting EUROPE. We’ve prepared a little survey for you and look forward to hearing your feedback.

  • We prepared a special treat for re:publica Thessaloniki: A panel was co-curated together with this year’s rpTHE partner, Reworks Agora and their Reworks Festival. The Reworks Festival in Thessaloniki takes place directly after the re:publica, from September 13 to 17 2017.

  • These were some of our #rpTHE highlights from day 2! We’ve also got few tips for what’s in store today. Check it out.

  • How can you use WhatsApp to get news to younger audiences? Hannah Schwär and Dorothea Schmitz explained how at the re:publica in Thessaloniki.

  • Welcome to re:boat! Photo credit: re:publica/Vassilis Ververidis(CC BY 2.0)​​​​​​​

    Boat trip anyone? Then get onboard the re:boat!

  • Remember our giveaway for a trip and tickets to the re:publicas in Dublin and Thessaloniki? We met up with one of our winners. Check out our interview and see what she has to say about typewriters as digital tools and her impressions of #rpTHE.

  • This was the first day at the re:publica in Thessaloniki. Here’s a little overview of all the goings-on.