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Projects by the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of Germany's EU Council PresidencyIllustration (detail): Tobias Schrank

EU 2020: Europäisches Engagement des Goethe-Instituts

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.

Alle Projekte im Überblick

#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.

Mizející zeď Foto (detail): Natalia Cheban

Verschwindende Wand
Europäische Vielfalt

Die interaktive Wandinstallation Verschwindende Wand vereint Zitate aus der europäischen Hoch- und Popkultur und macht dadurch die Vielfalt Europas erfahrbar. Ab Sommer 2020 sind die aufsehenerregenden Installationen in zehn europäischen Ländern zu sehen.

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

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.

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.

Freiraum © Goethe-Institut


“Freiraum” is a project of the Goethe-Instituts in Europe in cooperation with 53 actors from culture, science and civil society. Until March 2019, around 40 European cities will explore the issue: What is freedom in Europe today? Where is it endangered? How do we strengthen it? 

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.