#EUsupergirl plans to tour in the EU - sharing her anti-Brexit message - to encourage young European citizens to vote for pro-EU parties in the May 2019 parliamentary elections
Supporting the European Union's #ThisTimeImVoting campaign
I have been campaigning as #EUsupergirl against Brexit since the vote to leave in June 2016; using art, literature and music to communicate a positive narrative about Europe. Now I want to turn my attention to the bigger picture, the thing all Remainers are ultimately fighting for; Europe. Regardless of the UK's participation, I want to help support the EU’s #ThisTimeImVoting campaign to encourage young people to stand up for Europe and vote for pro EU parties in the May elections.
My message for the youth of Europe is clear: ‘If you cannot be bothered to stand up for Europe, then you are handing power over to the populists. Brexit is a disaster and if you want to prevent its occurrence in your own country, then you need to vote for the future of Europe.’
I will be speaking/performing at events/festivals across Europe during April and May, to promote participation in the elections, and I will be capturing content from these meetings and events which will be shared on social media. So far i've already been invited to events in: Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and Austria.
I will document the journey en route, through photographs, writing and video content posted on social media to narrativise my campaign adventures. I will also be interviewing EU citizens to ask them how they feel about Brexit and about the value of their citizenship to them personally, to give voice to real human stories of love, work, study and travel in the EU.
I want to make sure Europe knows what a disaster Brexit is... But my primary aim is positive: to increase participation in the EU elections, especially targeting the youth of Europe. But more broadly, I want to raise awareness of the value of EU citizenship to our quality of life, to educate people about the benefits of EU membership and inspire others to take action to promote the EU.
Apathy is one of the greatest challenges the EU faces, so drawing attention to the benefits of EU membership, through eye-catching publicity stunts and creating fun, entertaining, attention-grabbing content is key engaging people’s attentions and provoking conversation. I want to change the political debate to become more inclusive, diverse and accessible for citizens to participate and feel like their voice is valued.
In a world of identity-politics, the #EUsupergirl presents a positive, aspirational identity for the future of Europe which I hope serves as a role-model to other citizens. People of all ages can identify with and understand the ‘super hero’ narrative – but it is especially popular with young people. Creating fun, entertaining and memorable content for social media is key to engaging the youth who primarily consume content through online platforms.
The super-hero identity, musical, performance and creative aspects of my activism help to combat apathy, and engage people who are bored by the political debate. My campaign has an authentic, grassroots style and my individual narrative approach, using personality and humour is intended to be more relatable to other young people.
I am planning to join the (Jeunes Europeans Federalistes) JEF's campaign bus for part of their tour, to support their initiative for youth participation in the elections.
The adventures will inspire artwork and protest songs which I will bring back to the UK to continue my work fighting against Brexit and leading the UK youth back into the heart of the EU. #TheFutureisEurope
Money raised through crowdfunding will cover travel costs; train/bus tickets, ferry crossings, air travel, accommodation and food, and a high-quality phone camera to record content for social media.
All donations - no matter what size - are gratefully received and help to support my campaign fighting against Brexit and populism across the EU.Thanks for your support! Xx