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

German EU Council Presidency Illustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

Germany will take on the European Council Presidency from 1 July to 31 December. We ask, what constitutes Europe? In the future how do we want to live in Europe? What issues do we want to advance across Europe? With our Europe-wide projects presented to you here, we work in an artistic, discursive, and quite critical way to strengthen a common European public sphere, to promote European digital civil society, and to promote ecological cultural change in Europe.

The projects “Europe’s Kitchen”, “Tell Me about Europe”, the “Disappearing Wall”, “#oekoropa” and “Generation A=Algorithm” are part of the German Federal government’s cultural programme for the Council Presidency. Furthermore, the Goethe-Institut is also involved in Olafur Eliasson’s participatory artwork Earth Speakr, which the Berlin-based artist is producing for the German Presidency of the Council of the EU.


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The EU 2020 projects of the Goethe-Institut are funded with special funds from the German Foreign Office for the German EU Presidency 2020.  

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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.