Digital excursions against loneliness

11 March 2021 - Published by Walter Wehus
Diakonie Bremen uses a virtual art walk to get people to meet and chat from the comfort of their homes.

On March 1, I2I partner Diakonisches Werk Bremen is inviting an international audience for its first ever English-language digital art walk. Participants will be taken on a tour through the Masterpieces collection of Bremen Kunsthalle by a museum guide.

The welfare association wants to use this as a tool against social exclusion and loneliness.

“We will meet at the virtual Bremen marketplace through our webcams, and get to know each other a bit – just like participants in a real excursion might do during a bus ride or a walk to the destination”, says Dr. Jürgen Stein at Diakonisches Werk Bremen.

Participants will see a collection of paintings and sculpture by artists like Picasso, Dürer and Van Gogh, as well as important German artists of the 19th and 20th century.

For now, participants will have to abide by the local distancing rules imposed by the pandemic. But for Stein, this kind of digital meet-up is a precursor for things to come.

“When things are starting to go back to normal, we might offer such excursions to groups in institutions. We also encourage people with access to good digital equipment to visit people who are not so fortunate, so that they can share the experience if possible”, says Stein.

You can join the art walk at 16.00 CET by registering here.

Diakonisches Werk Bremen is a regional welfare association which takes part in several European partnerships and initiatives, among them the Interreg project I2I and the Erasmus+ partnership Collaborative Economy without Barriers.