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: 

We invite you to an exhibition of works by Źmicier Šapavałaŭ!

We invite you to an exhibition of works by Źmicier Šapavałaŭ!

Within the framework of “Culture in Exile”, an exhibition of works by Źmicier Šapavałaŭ – a master of historical engraving on copper and an excellent graphic artist – is being presented from October 8 to November 12 in the spaces of Villa Decius.
Join us for a meeting with Belarusian artists!

Join us for a meeting with Belarusian artists!

On September 24 at 3 pm, another event within the framework of “Culture in Exile” will take place at Villa Decius. The villa spaces will host three prominent Belarusian artists – Dmitri Strotsev, Nasta Kudasava and Artur Kamaroŭski – who were forced into political exile from their homeland.
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.
We invite you to participate in student internships at Villa Decius!

We invite you to participate in student internships at Villa Decius!

For many years, we have been cooperating with Polish and foreign universities, accepting students for internships, wishing to gain experience and expand their knowledge of practical issues related to the implementation of international projects and cultural events.
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