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Looking back: A review of the cultural programme of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU

Met dank overgenomen van Duits voorzitterschap Europese Unie 2e helft 2020 (Duits Voorzitterschap), gepubliceerd op zondag 27 december 2020.

The cultural programme of Germany's Presidency has brought Europeans together. Increasing participation and strengthening the European public sphere were its primary objectives. Its innovative projects have touched millions of Europeans. Take a look back at the entire programme in text and pictures.

Culture influences society and can generate political momentum. It bolsters cohesion within a democratic Europe and strengthens the European public sphere and civil society. And hasn’t Europe itself always been a cultural project, too? Based on these convictions, Germany made culture a central element of its Presidency of the Council of the EU - with a cultural programme that prized innovation over convention. It also had a sociopolitical focus and was based on the participation of people across Europe. The aim was to encourage a lively dialogue around topical European issues, allow people to experience Europe’s cultural diversity across borders, and breathe life into the European public sphere.

The cultural programme of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Alongside Earth Speakr, the Europe-wide artwork by the artist Olafur Eliasson, the cultural programme of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU also involved projects in collaboration with other partners, in particular the Goethe-Institut. The COVID-19 pandemic made it harder to carry out all of the projects planned. Some events had to be completely reorganised or rescheduled. But the cultural programme was still able to reach millions of Europeans.

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These projects were organised by the Goethe-Institut and carried out in collaboration with its Europe-wide network:

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