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German EU Council PresidencyIllustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

German EU Council Presidency
EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe

Germany’s EU Council Presidency will end on 31 December 2020. For six months we asked: What defines Europe and how do we want to live in Europe in future? Far more than 200,000 people were reached by over 220 events in Europe with debates about the impacts of artificial intelligence, with the creation of climate-neutral travel schemes, spectacular installations in public squares and intergenerational discussions about Europe. This strengthened the European public and cohesion in Europe during the coronavirus.

The projects Europe’s Kitchen, Tell Me about Europe, the Disappearing Wall, #oekoropa and Generation A=Algorithm were part of the federal government's official cultural programme for the 2020 Council Presidency. In addition, the Goethe-Institut is involved in the implementation of the participatory artwork Earth Speakr by Olafur Eliasson, which the Berlin-based artist is creating for Germany’s EU Council Presidency.


Conclusion of the Goethe-Institut's EU2020 Projects

Germany’s EU Council Presidency will end on 31 December 2020. In our closing film, we look back at six months of diverse events across Europe that centred on European cohesion and Europe’s diversity.


Logo of the Freiraum Festival Illustration: © Goethe-Institut

“Freiraum Festival”
A hybrid festival on the state of freedom in Europe today

What is the state of freedom in Europe today? This is a question that has grown even more urgent in the coronavirus era. The Goethe-Institut is bringing together thinkers and people in culture and the arts from all over Europe to address that question at the hybrid pan-European “Freiraum Festival” from 30 October to 1 November 2020.

Tell me about Europe © Groupe Dejour

Series of events on “Tell me about Europe”
Different generations and perspectives

Following events in Prague, Helsinki, Zagreb and Sarajevo, there are now nine more events in nine European countries scheduled to take place until December 2020, which will use digital and analogue formats to evoke the memories of well-known Europeans and examine them in the context of current debates on Europe.

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#oekoropa: Europe-wide youth competition on sustainable travel © Goethe-Institut

Climate friendly through Europe

The Goethe-Institut’s online contest “#oekoropa” aims to show – first in theory, then in practice – that it’s possible to travel around with little or no carbon footprint these days. High schoolers age 16 to 19 and teachers from all EU member states are invited to submit innovative ideas for carbon-neutral ways to travel Europe.

A look through the "Disappearing Wall" with some quote blocks Photo (detail): Natalia Cheban

Disappearing Wall
European Diversity

The interactive wall installation “Disappearing Wall” combines quotes from European high and pop culture to demonstrate Europe’s diversity. From summer 2020, the striking installations can be seen in ten European countries.

Logo of the project Europe's kitchen Illustration: © Daniela Burger

Europe’s Kitchen
Hospitality as the essence of Europe

What happens when we invite strangers to the table? Between August and December 2020, ten artists will reach out across borders to engage with citizens in ten different European cities and rethink Europe together. Where better to start than at the kitchen table?

Collage of various people and landmarks of Europe © Groupe Dejour

Tell Me About Europe
Stories Beyond Generations

Europe is more than a continent or an idea. Europe consists of many different stories – personal stories of people from different generations. The project “Tell me about Europe” brings the memories of well-known Europeans alive and invites you to listen and join in the discussion.

Logo des Projekts Generation A=Algorithmus Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Generation A
The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Big data, algorithms and deep learning: artificial intelligence is everywhere nowadays and changing our daily lives. What potential does AI really offer and how can we work it safely into future society? The “Generation A = algorithm” project uses a variety of formats to explore these questions. The “Couch Lessons” series on Wednesdays, for example, takes an inside look at various uses of AI.

The EU 2020 projects of the Goethe-Institut are funded with special funds from the German Foreign Office for the German EU Presidency 2020.  
Hellgrünes Logo des Goethe-Instituts auf weißem Grund Logo EU 2020

Das Logo des Projekts Earth Speakr © Olafur Eliasson

"Earth Speakr"
A participatory, Europe-wide work of art

“Earth Speakr” is an artwork created by Olafur Eliasson with his studio, kids, creative partners, researchers, and experts. The open-ended artwork launches officially 1 July and will evolve over the course of 2020 with the active participation of kids across the EU. It is funded by the Federal Foreign Office on the occasion of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020 and realised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

In addition to these initiatives, the Goethe-Institut is also carrying out other large-scale projects with a European focus as part of EU 2020. These include the closing festival for “Freiraum” and the conference series on multilingualism in Europe.

Freiraum © Goethe-Institut

On the status of freedom in Europe

Physical distancing, border closings and surveillance have shaped the lives of Europeans during the coronavirus pandemic – freedoms have been restricted. What is the status of freedom in Europe today? This question will be the focus of the Freiraum Festival on 30 and 31 October.

Konferenzserie "Mehrsprachigkeit in Europa" Foto (fragment): Eric Berghen

“Europe. Your languages”
Multilingualism in Europe: a digital series of conferences

24 official languages, 60 regional and minority languages, countless dialects and language variations: Europe is a continent of multilingualism. Germany, the country in the EU with the most neighbours, and a glance next door: what can we learn from each other? On the occasion of the European trio presidency Germany – Portugal – Slovenia, the Goethe-Institut’s Europanetzwerk Deutsch will examine these and other questions with high-ranking experts.