Interactive storytelling tools are available

SO-CLOSE is a three-year project created to contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters of similar life stories, using innovative digital and artistic tools to mediate.

Who we are?
The SO-CLOSE Consortium gathers NGO’s, cultural institutions, academics, IT specialists and representatives of local communities from Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The SO-CLOSE tools design is the result of participatory research of four cultural institutions and stakeholders’ involvement in the project through over 200 interviews, focus groups and surveys that took place in Poland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. The technological partners that developed the toolbox were LaTempesta, in charge of the sharing tools, and Engineering with CERTH, of the MCP.


In SO-CLOSE’s story-maps, life-related geography is the main thread of the narrative that connects the routes of forced displacement, creating a comparative dialogue between the memories of local communities and the experiences of today.

At Villa Decius, we conducted several interviews with people forced to leave their homes in Libya, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Belarus in recent years, and we also conducted searches in the archives, restoring the life stories of Poles, Jews and Roma who were so close to our cities.

The music for the story was composed and played by Estonian-German musician Vsevolod Pozdejev and Belarusian-Ukrainian musician Zhenya Wielko, whose history can also be found in this project.

Villa Decius Storymaps


Virtual Exhibition

The traditional concept of storytelling is translated here into a digital format and enriched with user input. The SO-CLOSE virtual exhibition is a platform that aims to offer cultural institutions a comprehensive approach and promote a collaborative approach through crowdsourcing initiatives that enable communities to share heritage items in selected exhibitions.

Villa Decius Virtual Exhibition


All solutions developed during the project, together with a package of information and training materials, are available free of charge, interested organizations and institutions are welcome to contact us: 

Study visit of a literary group to Villa Decius

Study visit of a literary group to Villa Decius

The Senior Activity Center at Villa Decius hosted a group of literature enthusiasts from Nuremberg. The participants of the meeting discussed culture, literature and possible cooperation.
Read new RADAR online

Read new RADAR online

After nine years since the last issue of “Radar” magazine was published, we decided to prepare a unique trilingual (Polish-Ukrainian-German) publication, which refers to the previous issues of “Radar” published in 2010-2014.
21. VSS - Call for applications is open

21. VSS – Call for applications is open

Visegrad Summer School is a 10-day program that educates and integrates young people from V4, CEE and WB countries in terms of policy, new technologies and trends, cultural management, human rights and universal tolerance. During this year’s edition of the VSS, 30 participants will attend workshops and development lectures focused on future trajectories, new technologies and cultural management.
Culture in exile. Solidarity Days at Villa Decius

Culture in exile. Solidarity Days at Villa Decius

On June 3-4, 2023, the second edition of the “Culture in Exile. Days of Solidarity at Villa Decius” will take place. It is our response to the difficult situation of the democratic opposition in Belarus and the deepening crisis of democratic values and civil liberties in that country. Bearing in mind the figures and efforts of Polish artists in exile, we invite Belarusians – victims of political oppression, who were forced to emigrate from their homeland to find a new place to live and work.
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