Since the Brexit vote in Great Britain, it has become clear that politics has failed in overcoming the dismissive attitude many citizens have towards the EU, and its institutions. According to the European Parliament, Europe needs to explore new avenues to convince the citizens of the necessity of a European unification process. They say that more than ever, Europe has to become the Europeans’ cause. To this end a conference has been co-organised by the European Parliament:
A Soul for Europe Conference 2016, 8 and 9 November, 2016
at Allianz Forum, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin, Germany
8 Nov: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. | 9 Nov: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bearing the title, Cultural Identities on the Move, the conference will react to the current European challenges in a creative way, and draft proposals for intensified cooperation between politics and civil society in the cities and regions of Europe.
Since its first edition in 2004, the conference has aimed at integrating culture more strongly into the complex process of European integration, revealing the centrality of culture as its creative motor. They thus invite committed European citizens, intellectuals, artists, politicians, representatives from NGOs, economy and the media to join them in the debate.
The central conference event, on 9 November, will provide opportunities for a direct, open and simultaneously constructive discussion between personalities from the fields of politics and culture, additionally enabling constructive participation from the audience. On 8 November, the main focus will be European cities and regions, and their new responsibilities, facing refugees’ movements and newly erected border fences. Workshops and debates will discuss strategical attempts, while a marketplace will give a practical insight into ongoing projects.
The A Soul for Europe Conference will be followed by the annual The State of Europe speech on the evening of 9 November, held this year by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the invitation of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Schwarzkopf Stiftung and Stiftung Zukunft Berlin.
**Please note that a separate registration is needed for this event and that invitations will be sent out by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung only.**
The conference is jointly organized, prepared, and funded with the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the conference’s partner since 2004, as well as the Evens Foundation, Goethe-Institut, traduki / S. Fischer Foundation and the initiative Cities for Europe at Stiftung Zukunft Berlin. The European Parliament has been involved with A Soul for Europe from the beginning, and since 2014 has taken on the patronage of the conference.
Please click here for the conference programme. The conference languages are German and English, and simultaneous translation will be provided.
Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. Please get in touch with us at mail [at] asoulforeurope.eu if you are interested in participating.
For all those who cannot attend the main conference event in November, but want their voice to be heard, for those who would like to prepare their attendance by reading what others think and for those who believe that the topic deserves much more attention than two session days can achieve, they have opened a pre-conference online debate and invite you to read and share the texts gathered there, and to contribute your own comments and ideas on any of the addressed topics.
h/t Christoforos Pavkakis