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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?


Tell Me About Europe

Erzähle mir von Europa London Postkarte Groupe Dejour

“We’re connected by our curiosity about each other.”

What does Europe mean to us, and what should it mean? In the project “Tell Me about Europe” people from different generations discuss these questions. Project manager Katrin Sohns from the Goethe-Institut London talks about the search for common ground and music's unifying power.

We have never, ever seen ourselves as anything other than Europeans.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former President of Iceland

Read interviews from the "European Archive of Voices": in conversation with young people, former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and Slovakian philosopher Egon Gál, talk about their lives and experiences of war, oppression and flight in Europe.

Projects on the Occasion of the EU Council Presidency

Tell Me About Europe - Key-Visual in Pink © 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.

#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.

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.

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.

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

Europe’s Kitchen
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.

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.

Keep the UK in the Creative Europe Programme

We are joining colleagues across Europe to ask to reverse the decision to take the UK out of the Creative Europe programme. Read thr open letter we have co-signed together with 250 European cultural organisations.

A Creative Europe grant brings the opportunity to build networks and form relationships for future work, but it is also a chance to develop empathy and understanding of people outside of our own ever decreasing echo chambers. It is a vehicle to build community and a vehicle to promote peace and prosperity.


Read the open letter


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.

The World in Your Eyes © Getty Images

Statement of EUNIC
Make Cultural Relations Count in a Post-Crisis Society

The Covid-19 pandemic has a crushing effect on the work of international cultural relations. Actors in the field moved to the digital realm as an initial response, but how to go forward in the longer term? How can we ensure that, after this crisis, cultural relations continue to bring trust and understanding between the people of Europe and the wider world?

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.

Europa – wie jetzt?! Illustration: © Tobias Schrank

Europe in Images
Together Rather Than Alone

What does the EU bring to our daily lives? In other words, what happens when a country no longer belongs to the EU? Answers from different perspectives – illustrated by illustrators from all over Europe.

Golden Oldies Foto: © Magda Ehlers

Songs that remind artists of Europe
European Songbook

The European Songbook is a collection of songs that people associate with Europe. As diverse and melodic as Europe itself are the songs and the inhabitants' views about their continent.

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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