On the search for a European culture

The aim of the EUROPE LIST is to get people enthusiastic about Europe. The public focus currently lies with questions of finance, currency and the economy. This diverts attention from other, longer-lasting issues such as the lack of imagination for a more sensuous Europe, which is shaped more by its citizens.

With the EUROPE LIST project the Goethe-Institut, together with Deutschland Radio Kultur and DIE WELT, is reacting to this crisis. Our aim is to make Europe tangible for many people while also creating a platform for them to shape their vision of a cultural Europe.

30 Goethe-Instituts in Europe, in the neighbouring countries and in (potential) EU accession states are asking people about a European culture.

The EUROPE LIST ought to find new answers to the old questions about how we perceive ourselves to be European going beyond national borders, what joins us together and how our neighbours perceive us.

Thus we are hoping for the answers to the question, what constitutes the value of Europe (analysis). At the same time the debate about Europe gains a cultural facet (communication). The involvement of the citizens with an interest in Europe is especially important to us (participation).

Analysis: We hope that the answers to these questions will constitute the value of Europe. Communication: At the same time the debate on Europe gains a cultural facet. Participation: The involvement of citizens with an interest in Europe is especially important to us.

The project has four stages:

The survey will go online on the websites of all participating Goethe-Instituts on 21st March 2013 in German and also in the national language of the host country. It will ask questions about the significant cultural achievements of Europe and also for reasons why Europe appears to be so attractive, both culturally and as a place to live.

Following the survey celebrities from the participating host countries will comment on the results. These will be published here on this website as well as by our media partners Deutschlandradio Kultur and DIE WELT. But not only well-known voices will be heard – the network community is also invited to comment on the results from June 2013.

Creative workshops
There will be creative workshops where around 20 young people will compare and interpret the results of the survey artistically under expert supervision. The participants and the work they produce will enrich the closing conference.

A conference with intellectuals, politicians and artists from the participating countries who have been commenting on the results of the survey will close the project in spring 2014. Especially important is the involvement of the young people who participated in the workshops, along with the work they produced to make the European cultural canon more tangible.

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