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Europe-themed illustration with various symbols and yearsIllustration (detail): © Tobias Schrank

Europe

The tension between national consciousness and European community, the gap between city and country as well as divided generations – these ambivalent feelings, conflicts of identity and the divided view of Europe are particularly noticeable in the United Kingdom. That is why we want to reflect more on the current state and the future challenges of Europe. What does "Europe" mean? What are "European" identities? And what can cultural work contribute to create a common Europe?

#SharedEurope


Projects

Voices.Europe © Goethe Institut, Groupe Dejour

Music Project for Europe
Voices.Europe

The generation of people born around 1945, from England, France and Italy, are the ones being given a voice in our music and exchange project about the past, present, and future of Europe. The Russian-German composer Michael Langemann has created this Europe-wide musical dialogue for amateur singers and choirs, and other interested people. Voices.Europe can be experienced in both digital and analogue form, on social media and in person.
If you want to sing with us, you can apply to participate by 30 June!

Imagining Futures © Goethe-Institut

Network for the Future of Festivals
Imagining Futures

At a moment of continued uncertainty and increasing barriers, independent performance festivals from across the UK and mainland Europe come together to rip up the festival rule book by exploring what the future of producing festivals will look like. Imagining Futures aims to spark new connections, support artistic development, explore new festival models and encourage porous, international dialogue between festival leaders – through open conversations and cultural experiments!

Crowd Banner © Goethe-Institut London

Residency Programme
CROWD - International Dance Exchange

CROWD is our international dance residency programme developed together with European partners in a time when we feel international sharing and human connection is needed more than ever.
This research programme supports dance artists with an established practice in community engaged dance making.

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.

A hand pulls a small wooden block out of a wall that is built out of nothing but small wooden blocks. On the block, the following writing is engraved: "It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. - Paulo Coelho" © Duffy Rafferty

Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020
The Disappearing Wall – Belfast

The interactive art installation Disappearing Wall was set up across Europe between autumn 2020 and spring 2021. Built from 6,000 wooden blocks inscribed with quotes from European high and pop culture, the walls represented the diversity of the continent. Set up in Belfast and 15 other European cities, the pan-European project travelled through overall 10 countries, celebrating the European identity with all its facets of languages and ideas.

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

"Europe’s Kitchen" in Glasgow
Event Series in Scotland and online with Jeannette Ehlers

Video installations by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers are the starting point for this event series in Scotland. It combines food, recipes and intellectual responses to Jeannette Ehlers` art to create different forms and layers of exchange, locally as well as online.

Newsletter about current cultural events

All our events in the visual arts, film, literature, music, dance and theatre!

Europe and us

What is our position on Europe? What is Europe's position in the world? Two questions that are linked and their answers could overcome limits and borders.

Street art by Banksy: a man on a ladder chiselling away at one of the stars on the European flag. © dullhunk

Residency Programme: Journalism/Writing
(Re-)Collecting Europe

This residency (March-April 2019) invites two journalists from European countries to investigate, question, debate and reflect on the impact of Brexit on the British civil society.
Current Artists: Loveday Wright & Julia Smirnova
 

Freiraum © Goethe-Institut

“Freiraum”
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.

Europe - Open to debate

Europe as an idea, a concept, a "Staatenverbund": that's open to debate! Let's argue with each other – not against each other. And perhaps we will find common ground on this continent.


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