A Soul for Europe


Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Bearing the title Cultural Identities on the Move, this year’s "A Soul for Europe" conference on November 8-9 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. More than ever, Europe has to become the Europeans’ cause!


This year’s conference will be 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 visit our conference website for further information and get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.



Upcoming Events/Activities



A Soul for Europe Pre-Conference                                                                     
Virtual online debate, accessible via


On November 8-9, 2016 the annual A Soul for Europe Conference will take place in Berlin. Entitled Cultural Identities on the Move, the conference aims at addressing current European challenges by discussing viewpoints from the political as well as the cultural sphere. However, within the context of the current developments, we felt the urge to do more. With the virtual A Soul for Europe Pre-Conference, we want to foster a debate about the future of Europe already well before the conference. For all those who 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. Everyone is invited to add their comments at Impulses from the pre-conference will be presented to the panelists in November.


Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche                                                                                     
September 28, 2016, 7pm (Landesbibliothek Berlin, Berlin-Saal) 
with Hella Dunger-Löper, Arne Lietz, Volker Hassemer, Fruzsina Szép

Moderation: Nele Hertling
In cooperation with the association Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche e.V., Stiftung Zukunft Berlin is hosting a panel discussion entitled A Soul for Europe – The Role of Berlin within the European Integration Process. The aim of the event is to underline the fundamental role of culture and civil involvement within the increasingly complex process of European integration. Within this context, special emphasis will be given to the role of the city of Berlin and its chances to evolve into a “city of European integration”. We are looking forward to this cooperation, as it will provide an opportunity to promote the work of "A Soul for Europe" to a new audience. Register now!

Summer Course @ European Academy of Yuste Foundation
October 5-7, 2016 (Yuste, Spain)
The course, to be organised in collaboration with the “A Soul for Europe” Initiative aims to show good practices in which culture is the facilitating axis of European integration, citizen participation and democratic development in Europe. It aims to present the opportunities offered by culture as a space to overcome the current challenges of the European Union, such as the refugee crisis and terrorism, developing values ​​such as solidarity, respect and tolerance, that clash with speeches on exclusion, hatred and racism. Please find the programme here.
Register here!

European Conference                    

October 21-22, 2016 (Wrocław, Poland)

The European Conference will be held in Wrocław, the European Capital of Culture 2016 on October 21-22, 2016. The conference was planned in close collaboration with the city of Wrocław and it aims to draw attention to the active participation of cities and regions within the European integration process. With regard to this, special emphasis will be put on the cities´ cultural potential. Part of the conference will be a Youth Conference on October 21, 2016. Under the supervision of Rarita Zbranca, Andreas Bock and Nicolas Bertrand, members of the "A Soul for Europe" Strategy Group, a group of young international students will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas about the role of European cities.




Past Events/Activities

A Soul for Europe @LollaPalooza 
September 10-11, 2016 (Berlin, Germany)
This year “A Soul for Europe” was part of the famous music festival LollaPalooza Berlin. We promoted our work at Der Grüne Kiez, an interactive area of the festival that enabled visitors to get in touch with diverse non-profit organizations and initiatives. Hundreds of festival goers from all over Europe joined us at our booth “European Meeting Point - A Soul for Europe”, participated in our quiz on European culture and designed their own festival buttons. Some of them told us their feelings on the future of Europe in a video that will be shown at the A Soul for Europe Conference in Berlin in November. To get an impression of the festival you can visit us on Facebook or read the piece by our media partner ALEX TV.




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