About Trampoline House

 

Trampoline House: Copenhagen Refugee Community is an independent community center in Copenhagen that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose.

Four days a week, the house offers different classes and activities, legal counseling, and friendship with the aim of breaking the social isolation and sense of powerlessness that many refugees and asylum seekers experience, while waiting months and years in the Danish asylum centers for a response to their asylum or for their deportation. Trampoline House brings together asylum seekers and Danish citizens, refugees and other residents of Denmark, united by a desire to improve the conditions for asylum seekers and refugees.

 

Trampoline House is a self-governing institution with a board of directors, a paid staff of five, and a large group of interns and volunteers. Financial support comes from public and private funding, support events and donations. It was formed in 2009–2010 by artists Morten Goll and Joachim Hamou and curator Tone Olaf Nielsen in collaboration with a large group of asylum seekers, art students, activists, and professionals in reaction to the way in which the Danish state treats asylum seekers and refugees.