European Compatition - Central Topic 2017: Culture


Europe is fun - at least for the students who participate in the European Competition which is Germany‘s oldest school competition. This competition aims to promote the creativity and Europe-competence of young people. According to the motto of the 64. European Competition (school year 2016/2017) „United in diversity – Europe between tradition and modernity“ it puts the culture into the centre. The pupils are engaged to discover the rich cultural treasure and to deal with the cultural diversity of Europe. There are different questions for different grades. Culture was selected as a topic for the competition by the steering committee because the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated in 2017. Around 80.000 students take part in the European Competition. Closing date for the works for the European Competition 2017 is the 10th February 2017. You will find further information at: www.europä


8 - 9 November 2016: „A Soul for Europe“ Conference 2016


How can cities contribute to the strengthening of Europe? How can cities fight borders and prejudice? And how can citizens be filled with enthusiasm for the European Union and go into action against right-wing populist and anti-European movements? These were the central questions of the keynotes, workshops and discussions.

Mrs. Hella Dunger-Löper, Former State Secretary for European Affairs of Berlin, welcomed the participants of the conference and pointed out the importance of the cities in the heart of Europe. Richard Kühnel held the engagement of the European Civil society presented by the projects in high regard and referred to the not negligible conflicts in the neighboring European countries. Introduced was the conference by the inauguration speech by Prof. Dr. Oliver Jens Schmitt of the University of Vienna about the “Cultural division of Europe”. He referred to the division of the western and eastern countries of Europe as well as the differences between an “inner” (the member states of the European Union) and an “outer” Europe (Turkey, Russia).

The main focus of the conference was placed on the exchange between politics, culture and civil society on a local and an European level. Furthermore the presentation and the exchange of project examples and strategies in the European practice should be emphasized. The “Marketplace Europe” presented 21 successful projects and promising approaches out of the most different municipalities of Europe in an exhibition in the rotunda of the Allianz Forum. The projects were given the possibility to outline their approaches, aims und successes with posters and videos. During the three workshops all the participants were encouraged to come together in conversation in small groups. The diverse conference formats providing many opportunities for interaction were very positively received by the conference participants. Most initiatives and active citizens especially used the opportunity to network.


EUROPA light installation at the St. Agnes Church Berlin


Ein leuchtendes Zeichen für Europa

Leuchten formen das Wort Europa an der Seite einer Hauswand im HalbdunkelDurch kahle Bäume scheinen Leuchten, die das Wort Europa an einer Hauswand formen-
Copyright Photos: Rubén Dario Kleimeer

Nearly 100 Peaople came to St. Agnes Church in Berlin for the opening of the light installation EUROPA on an early Saturday evening, November 26th 2016. From there, the installation consisting of 33 fluorescent tubes will shine in the coming months as a bright sign FOR EUROPE, before the installation is to move on in the spring of 2017, according to the will of the initiators Caro Baumann and Johannes Schele. The St. Agnes Church is an imposing edifice that houses the exhibition space of the renowned KÖNIG Gallery. The installation was financed, among other things, through tube sponsorships from friends, sponsors and partner companies. The German Architecture Center also supports the project. The renowned curator, author and artist Lukas Feiress spoke at the opening.

For the two initiators, architects Baumann and Schele, the current situation in Europe is so negatively loaded with problems that they consider a positive sign as necessary. From their point of view, Europe lacks visibility, public presence and positive resonance. With their individual commitment - and this concrete contribution to Europe - they want to set a clearly visible sign in Berlin FOR EUROPE. The well-visible installation is intended to stimulate talks and debates and, in particular, invite the inhabitants of the district to discuss the current situation in Europe.

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