Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilises citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.

Wunderbare #ECOC-News in schwierigen Zeiten: @galway2020 hatte im März aufgrund der #Corona-Pandemie das Programm für Besucher der #KulturhauptstadtEuropas abgebrochen. Und stellt nun neue hybride Formate vor, die #KulturinZeitenvonCorona lokal und im Netz erfahrbar machen. https://twitter.com/galway2020/status/1293808973330751489

In the midst of a very challenging time for the arts and culture industries, it is relieving to find out that, slowly, some festivals are finding ways to still take place in 2020.
Which are the festivals going on in August 2020? Check our article: http://www.festivalfinder.eu/news/the-show-is-going-on-august-2020

Exploring Europe's culture and heritage this summer? 🌞Enter our 📸competition now!
✅Submit a photo of your #EuropeForCulture experience
✅Tell us what it means to you ✍️
✅ Be one of our happy winners 🤩
Last day to take part: 23/8 👇

#KulturinZeitenvonCorona ist eine Herausforderung – und eine Chance für das europäische Miteinander! @asoulforeurope @cercledecultura @feagc @funalternativas & @EFAfestivals starten Initiative zur Stärkung europäischer Kultur mit Grundsatzerklärung „More Culture! More Europe!“ https://twitter.com/EFAfestivals/status/1288774268923281413

🔴 WATCH LIVE: David Sassoli speaks on the conclusions of the EU summit that wrapped up early Tuesday

Read more: https://bit.ly/3jAHeNV https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ypJdwMNQEdGW

🇪🇺Lust auf engagierte Mitwirkung in unseren Europa-Projekten? Wir bieten ein Praktikum ab September 2020!🧑‍💼 http://stiftungzukunftberlin.eu/jobs/

#Berlin-based Danish-Icelandic artist @olafureliasson is renowned for his interactive works centred around #ClimateChange. He has launched a new app-based project called @EarthSpeakr to give children and young people a voice through the natural world around them:

Glad to launch the new €2.5m #MusicMovesEurope call!

The goal is to set up an #innovative support scheme for #sustainable #recovery of 🇪🇺 #music industry in the aftermath of #COVID19 & contribute to building a #green, #digital & #resilient Europe.

👉http://europa.eu/!tk49xK

German Chancellor @AngelaMerkeICDU presents the priorities of the German Council Presidency. Tune in and follow the debate at #Brussels!🇪🇺🇪🇺🇪🇺 http://europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/home.html?fbclid=IwAR0gRfn41LCI413PNFIE_OBxUtJ4eVd1tlascB--zwIqr-akJccpY46w2Ak via @Europarl_EN

Yesterday, @EFAfestivals, Arts Festivals, EFFE Hubs, stakeholders from the media, business, technology, philanthropy and cities have presented EU Commissioner @GabrielMariya with the needs of festivals for post COVID-19 commitments. https://cutt.ly/pirjjUj

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Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilizes citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.