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Post Europe

The idea of a united Europe goes hand in hand with cultural diversity. And yet nationalism, the economic divide within the EU, and fear and resentment of the opaque Brussels bureaucracy are fuelling Euroscepticism. How can we take people’s doubts seriously without giving up on the idea of European unity?
 

Urban situation in a car parkPhoto: Markus Spiske © unsplash


‘Fuck’-ing Around

An essay by Joan Acocella 

Events

Dresden – Tallinn: Freedom to be free

15.06.
to
22.07.
2018
Dresden

As a prelude to a series of joint exhibitions and events on various aspects of freedom in Europe, the Kunsthaus Dresden is giving a sneak peek at a selection of themed works by contemporary artists from Estonia (Kristina Norman, 10x10 meters et al.) in association with the Estonian gallery Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn.
 
You can find more information here

Paris - Ljubljana: Meeting in public space

16.06.
2018
Paris

with project partners Mériam Korichi (Nuits de la philosophie) and the Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat

Singing and debating in the streets of Paris: As part of the Freiraum project, the Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat will be singing international protest songs in various public places in Paris. The idea is to engage passersby in a conversation with Slovenian artists and think about freedom together. How can we live together freely in Europe? How can we coexist freely with migrants and refugees? What are our personal views of freedom and free space and what ideas do we freely associate with these concepts? The interviews and ideas will be captured on video, and the results from Paris will be assessed and elaborated on at a writing workshop in Ljubljana in the autumn of 2018.

You can find more information here

Presentation at the Mitt127 Festival in Stockholm

28.06.
to
29.06.
2018
Stockholm

Six young people from project partner YEPP will be travelling to Stockholm, where their Swedish project partners will present their response to the Italian question. In addition, the YEPP youngsters will take part in the project partners’ joint workshop. On the first day, the Swedish youngsters will give feedback on the Italian question, which they worked on during the Fora workshop in February. And on the second day, the group will turn to the Swedish question.

You can find the programme here:

Interactive photo installation in Genua and Turin

01.07.
to
04.07.
2018
Genua

Over the past few months, the project partners from Genoa and Turin have been working on photographs and subject-matter for their question about freedom. In February, a photo workshop was held in Turin for this purpose with some Italian and four Swedish young people. The results will be presented in June in a photo installation and an interactive wall game in both Turin and Genoa, a game that gets the public involved in the young people’s discussion. The installation contains 26 photographs and 6 stories in which the young people report on obstacles to freedom and how they overcome them.

Opening
1 July, 7.30pm
GIARDINI LUZZATI
Piazza Giardini Luzzati, 1

Interactive photo installation in Genau and Turin

11.07.
to
15.07.
2018
Turin

Over the past few months, the project partners from Genoa and Turin have been working on photographs and subject-matter for their question about freedom. In February, a photo workshop was held in Turin for this purpose with some Italian and four Swedish young people. The results will be presented in June in a photo installation and an interactive wall game in both Turin and Genoa, a game that gets the public involved in the young people’s discussion. The installation contains 26 photographs and 6 stories in which the young people report on obstacles to freedom and how they overcome them.

Opening:
11 July, 7.30pm
CONSERVERIA
Piazza Emanuele Filiberto, 11/A

"If the Volcano Allows"

Naples is the most densely populated city in Europe. The people here make their own rules, organizing their everyday lives in close quarters. What are the areas of freedom in a city that’s short on space? To find out, project partners Sophia Karimi and Yasser Almaamoun travelled from Amsterdam down to the southern Italian metropolis in late May 2018 - and came to grips with the density, fatalism and energy of Naples.
By Uwe Rada more

Chain Reaction: Thinking across Europe

Intellectuals and people from civic society in a thought experiment: every statement begins and ends with a question. The latter is passed on to another city.

  • Goethe-Institut

    Goethe-Institut

    Does it make sense to restrict freedom?

  • Harry Liivrand © Arvo Wichmann

    Harry Liivrand
    Tallinn
    February 20th 2018

    To me, freedom means recognising responsibility and the ability to grasp that freedom is not anarchy. more

  • Harry Liivrand

    Harry Liivrand
    Tallinn
    February 20th 2018

    Does a universal principle of freedom exist, or should each state base its definition of freedom on directives from Brussels or its own traditions?

  • Maxi Obexer © Nane Diehl

    Maxi Obexer
    Berlin
    February 27th 2018

    Freedom is a common space that has to be filled by all who inhabit, enliven and narrate it. We must find our way towards a common position, or find our way back to one. more

  • Maxi Obexer © Nane Diehl

    Maxi Obexer
    Berlin
    February 27th 2018

    What connects us?

  • Diego Fernandez © Instituto de Cultura Gitana

    Diego Fernandez
    Madrid
    March 14th 2018

    From a historical-cultural point of view, what connects us Europeans are the great civilizations that we have built together, which have left a very important identity heritage to all of us. more

  • Diego Fernandez © Instituto de Cultura Gitana

    Diego Fernandez
    Madrid
    Mach 14th 2018

    Do Roma people represent the free spirit of a Europe without borders?

  • Beata Kowalska © Goethe-Institut / Andrzej Banaś

    Beata Kowalska
    Kraków
    April 5th 2018

    A democratic, social and solidly united Europe without borders still remains a utopian dream that we must all work to realize.more

  • Beata Kowalska © Goethe-Institut / Andrzej Banaś

    Beata Kowalska
    Kraków
    April 5th 2018

    Can freedom and equality in Europe be reconciled once more?

  • Michalis Attalides © Kommenos

    Michalis Attalides
    Nicosia
    April 17th 2018

    Freedom and equality are a question of the financial viability of social security systems. European countries should focus more on their core competencies of culture, science, research, ecology and social integration for positive economic developmentmore

  • Michalis Attalides © Kommenos

    Michalis Attalides
    Nicosia
    April 17th 2018

    How can we make social, cultural and environmental issues a more prominent part of national and European policy making?

  • Cecilia Hansson Photo: Marin Vallin © Goethe-Institut

    Cecilia Hansson
    Stockholm
    May 16th 2018

    We can listen more to art and literature, because they nurture empathy and understanding and act therefore as a firewall against totalitarian currents.more

  • The writer Cecilia Hansson Photo: Marin Vallin © Goethe-Institut

    Cecilia Hansson
    Stockholm
    May 16th 2018

    Are we living in a really post-fascist Europe, a Europe as we want it to be?

  • The writer Nikita Dhawan Photo: Daniel Vegel © Goethe-Institut

    Nikita Dhawan
    Innsbruck
    June 16th 2018

    The democratizing forces at work in Europe are offset by nationalisms, racisms, and exclusions, so that the promise of a post-fascist Europe reveals itself to be a missed appointment with history.more

These Goethe-Institutes and their partners make up the Freiraum tandems, and aim to find answers to the questions of their respective counterparts.

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