"A Soul for Europe" Conference 2016

asfe16Not only since the Brexit vote in Great Britain has it become clear that politics has not succeeded in overcoming the dismissive attitude many citizens have towards the EU and its institutions. We need to explore new avenues to convince the citizens of the necessity of a European unification process. More than ever, Europe has to become the Europeans’ cause.


A Soul for Europe Conference 2016 on 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.

Virtual Pre-Conference now open


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. We thus invite committed European citizens, intellectuals, artists, politicians, representatives from NGOs, economy and the media to join us 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, our 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. 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.


Check out the media section of our website for photos, videos and documents of our events and current topics and get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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—like us—believe that the topic deserves much more attention than two session days can achieve, we have opened a pre-conference online debate. We invite you to read and share the texts gathered there and to contribute your own comments and ideas on any of the addressed topics.


Co-organizers and funders:







Allianz Kulturstiftung


Under the high patronage of the

European Parliament

European Parliament

Evens Foundation  Geothe-Institut  Traduki

“A Soul for Europe” would like to thank the following partners for their support:

Allianz EC Representation in Germany European Parliament  EP in Germany
Federal Foreign Office bpb Crowne Plaza

Media partners:

Logo ALEX eurotopics FluxFM

“A Soul for Europe” offices:

European House for Culture Felix Meritis Setepés

Project Executing Organisation:

Stiftung Zukunft Berlin