In Search of Democracy 3.0

A continuos artistic research into the future of democracy

Authoritarian leaders, algorithms and global capital. Democracies are under pressure from all sides. If we want to shape power in a fair way, something needs to change. But what exactly, and how?

We, New Heroes, ARSENAAL and Het Zuidelijk Toneel set of for a journey through Europe with our new project: In Search of Democracy 3.0. As a pilot project of the European network IN SITU and together with local partners we make an investigation of today’s democracies, with all its challenges and solutions for the future. The project contains a live performance, documentary series, lecture and a knowledge platform. And we would like to meet you somewhere on our journey.

Live research performance
We’ve created a unique and dynamic performance called
A democratic evening for almost everyone”. In a pleasant evening we will take you on a journey into the history, present and future of democracy. We not only provide an analysis but also actively search for new possibilities and ideas. So be prepared to be stimulated. The combination of theater, music and direct dialogue creates an open and accessible atmosphere where you can choose whether you want to participate in the research or whether you prefer to look at what is thought and decided. Our tour has started and we hope to meet you soon!


Documentary series
It is bubbling with democratic experiments in Europe. For In Search of Democracy 3.0, documentary maker Emma Lesuis follows the innovators behind this. She discovers the energy of citizens to be active and a wide variety of possibilities for the future. The first three episodes are online now!
Episode 1: The Netherlands – A friendly revolution?
Episode 2: Belgium – The ball is in citizen’s court
Episode 3: Iceland – Happy birthday, Iceland

Online platform
Our ongoing research shapes and reshapes our live performance, documentary series and lecture. Wherever we go, we collect new material to inform ourselves and share knowledge with you. Interviews with thinkers and changemakers, ‘Vox Populi’ with local citizens from different countries and other interesting insights gained during our journey.

Follow our journey via our Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Project credits
By/with Lucas De Man, Sarah Eisa, Willy Thomas, Emma Lesuis, Niels Kuiters, Jasper van den Berg, Eva Meijering and Saar Vandenberghe

Performers (depending on the location) Lucas De Man, Sarah Eisa, Willy Thomas, Niels Kuiters, Eva Meijering and Saar Vandenberge

Documentary series
Emma Lesuis