Cafébabel is the first multilingual participatory magazine made by and for young people across Europe. Our stories revolutionise the way Europe is represented in the media and depict what Europe is in real life. The online magazine is a unique platform in which a network of volunteer authors, translators, filmmakers and photographers work together to report on the daily lives of young Europeans.
Cafébabel is published by Babel International, an NGO based in France. In 2001, the platform was created by students of the Erasmus programme. However, our story and vision have been evolving ever since. What began as an online agora, where young Europeans could express and discuss their ideas, has gradually changed into a professional multilingual magazine. Today, Cafébabel has 250,000 unique visitors a month, 2.5 million page views, more than 50,000 beautiful stories published, 15,000 contributors and a team of professional editors and journalists in Paris, Brussels, Rome, Madrid and Berlin.
We are a generation who feels at home in Europe; who grew up with the Internet and who often has another language in their cultural baggage. Our vision of Europe puts its people above its institutions. Our Europe is not merely a political project but a participatory playground.
So how can we concretely grasp this spirit? It’s simple: by being a part of it. Writing it, recording it, filming it, sharing it.
Cafébabel contributes to an innovative European narrative. A generation’s story that is forged by contrasts and commonalities, by friendships and break-ups. A story of fun experiences and fears, of impact and nonsense, of rawness and creativity. Of Europe in real life.
And now it’s your turn. To join Cafébabel, you can pitch an idea, translate an article, join our local communities or become part of our editorial team. So, wanna join the party?