Europa Europa

Latest performances: Tijuana 16th nov at CECUT (external link) San Diego 17th nov at Museum of Contemporary Art (external link), Mexico City 19th & 23th nov at Casa del Lago (external link) and Querétaro 25 & 26 nov at Museo de la Ciudad (external link).

The art group FUL presents EUROPA EUROPA – An anti-nationalist cabaret in unique collaboration with The Knife

Why do we build walls against heroes?

With cakes, exclusively produced cabaret music by The Knife, voguing, love and admiration, the cabaret Europa Europa praises all those hundreds of thousands of people who defy the cameras, the deadly waters, the barbed wire, the violence and the compact political resistance, and make it across the external and internal borders of Europe every year. Borders that are growing more monitored with every day that passes.

For many years now, the media and the public debate have concentrated on discussing migration and migrants in terms of volumes, difficulties and costs for non-migrants. Europa Europa does the exact opposite. We want to praise these people and criticize those who are truly criminal, i.e. border patrols, Frontex and the governments of the EU, who constantly pose a threat to the life and safety of these heroes.

Europa Europa premiered on the 1st of July in Almedalen, Gotland, during the political week of the election year. Performances was given on outdoor stages in various cities throughout Sweden up until the election, free of charge for all visitors. The cabaret Europa Europa is part of a movement that exists both within activism and academia, where individuals are trying to expose the human rights violations that are committed by Sweden and the EU every day. The European migration and asylum policies enable these violations.

– We need change today. The politicians must stop looking the other way and start making the connections between their own decisions and priorities and the people that never survive the trip across the Mediterranean, says Nasim Aghili, director and writer of the cabaret.

During 2015 the performance has reached big audiences in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. In november 2016 Europa Europa will do a tour in Mexico and the US. The tour is made possible through a collaboration between the art group Ful and the Swedish Embassy in Mexico and will be adapted to the situation migrants face in Mexico and USA. We will perform in Spanish and English and the musicians Paulina Lasa and Moisés Horta will not only take on the original music by The Knife, they will also perform on stage with the Swedish actors. Around the performances there will be talks, workshops and other activities to bring activists and migrants, academics and authorities together to share their perspectives.


Europa Europa, Mexico and USA

Performers: Alejandra Goic, Kudzai Chimbaira, Maya Hald, Moisés Horta, Monica Albornoz, Paulina Lasa och Rani Nair.
Script and direction: Nasim Aghili.
Dramaturge: Joanna Ekström
Translation spanish: Orlando Infinito

With the support of the Swedish Art Council, Konstnärsnämnden and the Swedish Institute. Thank you to our partners Swedish Embassy Mexico, CECUT, Casa del Lago, Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Swedish Consulate of San Diego and the Swedish Embassy in Washington.

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First performance and tour 2014-2015

Script and Direction: Nasim Aghili
Music: The Knife
Set Design: Roxy Farhat
Costume: Mårten Andreasson
Light Design: Josefin Hinders
Sound Design: Malin Holgersson and Nathaly von Salsa
Props: Joanna Ekström
Make Up and Styling: Emelie Henriksson
Dramaturge (text): Malin Axelsson
Graphic Design: Bergen and Parasto Backman
Editor Magazine: Helena Lindblom
Artistic coordinator: Kim Einarsson
Project manager: Anneli Carnelid
Assistent director: Tora Botwid
Producer: Priscilla Enström/Kristian Anshelm
Prod. assistant: Shakila Aschberg
Stage manager: Veronica Franze/Saga Fermin
Sound technician: Melisa Jimenez, Anna Gideonsson
VJ and digital editor: Max Strandlund
Screen technician: Fredrik Björklund
Fotographer: Patriez van der Wens
Artistic council: The Art Group Ful (Emilia Bråkesson, Hanne Lindberg, Helena Lindblom, Joanna Ekström, Malin Holgersson, Maya Hald, Max Strandlund, Nasim Aghili, Nathaly Salas, Patriez van der Wens, Rani Nair)


Me has llamado
parásito, vividor,
indecente, impostor,
mentiroso, abusador
víctima y victimario,


Music: The Knife Lyrics: Nasim Aghili Music video: Roxy Farhat Song: Bahareh Razekh Ahmadi, Ellen Nyman, Karin Dreijer, Kudzai Chimbaira, Maya Hald and Rani Nair.


Upcomming performances:

16th of November 2016: CECUT, Tijuana

17th of November 2016: Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

19th and 23rd of November 2016: Casa del Lago, Mexico City

25th and 26th of November 2016: Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro

Past performances:

19th and 20th of September 2015: Incubate Festival, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

21st and 22nd of August 2015: Kampnagel festival, Hamburg, Germany.

21st of Mars 2015: Theaterzaal, Gent, Belgium

14th of September 2014: Södra teatern, Stockholm

30th and 31st of August 2014: Vitabergsparken, Stockholm (Parkteatern/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern)

24th of August 2014: Botkyrka, Stockholm

23rd of August 2014: Tensta, Stockholm

16th of August 2014: Malmö

15th of August 2014: Gothenburg

1st of July 2014: Almedalen, Visby (Premiere)

Fort Europa

Today, it’s basically impossible for people without a European passport to get into the EU legally. The possibilities of getting a visa are close to non-existent for individuals suspected of having reasons to seek asylum. Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq are some examples of war-torn countries where the citizens don’t stand a chance to get a visa, not even for visiting the union. This is why they are forced to try more dangerous roads to get into Europe. Even though it’s a human right to seek asylum, the EU is refusing to grant these people the right and those who try nonetheless are considered criminal and illegal. When in truth, it’s the member countries that are criminal, the legislation that is illegal.

The consequences of the shared European asylum and migration politics that the member countries have developed during the last decades are brutal. Since the mid-nineties, human rights organizations have documented over 30 000 deaths that occurred en route to Europe or were caused by migration-political actions. The EU conducts mass deportations to life-threatening places, keeps hundreds of thousands of innocent people in detention centers, splits up families, creates rightlessness and forces people to inhumane waiting on decisions that may never be made.

Frontex (2014)

– Right now there’s a situation in Italy, with 95 people involved. They are migrants from North Africa. When the tragedy with the 350 people who died outside Lampedusa (...)

Deaths at the borders of Europe (2014)

UNITED has documented deaths at the European borders since the middle of the nineties up until 2012 and Detective has documented deaths from 2000 to 2013. (...)

Program / noter / kampskrift (PDF) - A published version of this magazine was distributed for free during the performances in Sweden 2014.

Do you need help?

Asylum seekers and undocumented migrants can turn to the networks Ingen Människa Är Illegal (external link) or Ain’t I a woman (external link) for legal advice or other kind of support.

Behöver du hjälp?

Som asylsökande eller papperslös kan du vända dig till exempelvis Ingen Människa Är Illegal (extern länk) eller Ain’t I a Woman (extern länk) för juridisk rådgivning eller annat stöd.

Do you want to get involved?

Contact Ingen Människa Är Illegal (external link) or Ain’t I a woman (extern link).

About us

The cabaret Europa Europa is the result of a collaboration between the art group Ful and the house band The Knife.

On stage in Mexico and USA: Alejandra Goic (actor), Kudzai Chimbaira (actor), Maya Hald (performance artist), Moisés Horta (musician), Monica Albornoz (actor and singer), Paulina Lasa (musician) and Rani Nair (dancer and choreographer)

Script and Direction: Nasim Aghili

Music: The Knife

Set Design: Roxy Farhat

Costume: Mårten Andreasson

Light Design: Josefin Hinders

Sound Design: Malin Holgersson, Moises Horta, Nathaly von Salsa, Paulina Lasa

Props: Joanna Ekström

Make Up and Styling: Emelie Henriksson

Dramaturge: Joanna Ekström

Graphic Design: Bergen och Parasto Backman

Photographer/Video: Tora Botwid

In collaboration with the Swedish embassy in Mexico and the partners the Swedish Consulate in San Diego and Swedish embassy in Washington.


Ful is an art group consisting of artists from different fields, such as performing arts, illustration, dance, visual arts, music, sound art, literature, graphic design and web-based art and culture communication. (...)

The Knife

The Knife is a Swedish band that was founded in 1999. It consists of the siblings Olof and Karin Dreijer (...)

Paulina Lasa and Moisés Horta

Paulina Lasa was born in Mexico City in 1980, where ze studied Visual Arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (UNAM). Moisés Horta was born in San Diego, California in 1988 but was raised south of the border in hectic Tijuana, México. (...)

Booking and media

For bookings, contact Joanna Ekström at

For interviews and press questions contact

  • Press Release from the Swedish Embassy in Mexio: Download
  • Press release: "Media Info EUROPA EUROPA Oct 18th 2016." Download
  • Press picture of Nasim Aghili, director and writer: download. © photographer Saga Berlin.
  • Press image, Mexico, affish (png): ladda ner.
  • Press image, Mexico, banner (png): ladda ner.
  • Press picture with the ensemble: download. From the left, back line: Kudzai Chimbaira, Olof Dreijer, Rani Nair och Karin Dreijer. Från vänster, främre raden: Ellen Nyman, Maya Hald, Bahareh Razekh Ahmadi. © photographer Frank Aschberg.
  • Album cover, Europa Europa and The Knife, "För alla namn vi inte får använda": download.

In cooperation with

Subtopia Parkteatern Botkyrka Ung scen öst

With support from

Innovativ kultur Kulturrådet Konstnärsnämnden Sveriges författarfond Sveriges författarfond Kameraten Kulturbryggan Postkodlotteriet True womance