Berlin Conference 2010: "Towards a Citizens' Europe"

8 November 2010

On 20 November 2010, the fourth Berlin Conference is organised by “A Soul for Europe” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin. This conference is based on the conviction that Europe has to become a concern of its citizens, not only of its institutions. We are in need of an active European: A Europe of the citizens, not merely for the citizens. A new understanding of (cultural) citizenship is required to create Europe from the bottom up. How can citizens play a bigger role in creating Europe? How can they take a hand in Europe’s political mechanisms? And how can culture, business and politics foster such a development? The main topics of the Berlin Conference 2010 are • The Role of the Citizen in Building Europe • The Image of Europe • New Forms of Cooperation between Culture, Business and Politics Concrete ideas will be developed and with the support of our Parliamentarian Working Group be transferred into European decision-making. The Berlin Conference will follow up the results from the Istanbul Forum in October 2010 on ‘Global Challenges – Cultural Visions’. As a centre for global cultural dialogue, Istanbul’s geographical position is unique. Outcomes from the Istanbul Forum will be integrated into the Berlin Conference. The combination of the two events will lead to powerful outcomes for a new European cultural agenda to be carried forward by citizens, civil society and by the institutions, both inside and outside the EU’s current borders. Conference languages are German and English; simultaneous translation will be provided. If you wish to participate in this conference, we kindly ask you to fill in the online registration form until 29 October. Related links and documents: • Website Berlin Conference 2010Draft Programme