Europe Day 22 Programme

10.00 – 13.45 


The AMPLIFY hackathon by Cultural Action Europe in both online and offline format. Amplify is a project working across 12 European countries that brings underrepresented voices in the cultural sector to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

The AMPLIFY live stream includes an opening talk and live Q&A with participants and policymakers as well as a conversation with Dutch students and the launch of Are We Europe’s May Day magazine.

13.45 – 14.00

Opening and welcoming words by André Wilkens, Director of European Cultural Foundation.

14.00 – 14.55

We continue streaming the AMPLIFY hackathon which started in the morning. AMPLIFY is carried out by Culture Action Europe.

15.00 – 15.45

Initiative for a European Public Space

The war on Ukraine has also resulted in an information war, in which truth is the first casualty. This demonstrates once again how important it is for Europe to have a shared space for debate, based on solid facts and a culture of care. It causes us to rethink our European public space. Why doesn’t it work? What is missing? This talkshow brings together speakers of different media platforms and backgrounds to discuss the urgency for safe, trustworthy and inclusive European digital and media spaces.

16.00 – 16.40

Presentation and talk show on The Europe Challenge.

Listen to the stories of how libraries and communities solve challenges to make a stronger Europe and learn about the upcoming Europe Challenge 2022 open call launching on 9 May. Guided by Mitchell Esajas, co-founder of the New Urban Collective and The Black Archives (NL), we are joined by Martin Berendse, Director of the Amsterdam Public Libraries OBA (NL) and Marie Østergaard, Director of DOKK Aarhus Public Libraries (DK), to reflect on the solutions created by seven libraries with their communities who participated in the first Europe Challenge. Ieva Morica, Director of the DOTS Foundation (LV) discusses how our societies need safe cultural spaces for dialogue, diversity and understanding between different people and communities, especially now.

17.00 – 18.15

Launch of the European Sentiment Compass.
What is the state of the European sentiment and how is it evolving in different member states? What is most affecting it? Commissioned to the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the European Sentiment Compass constitutes a unique contribution to the current political debates about the future of Europe. An introduction by Pawel Zerka (policy fellow, ECFR). Reactions by: Peter Giessen (commentator on Europe, Volkskrant), Galyna Solovei (Faculty of International Relations, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy), Monica Sassatelli (Associate Professor, University of Bologna). Moderated by Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Advocacy European Cultural Foundation.

18.40 – 18.55

Europe Day 2022, during the Year of European Youth, sees the launch of the European Union Youth Orchestra’s new CAFÉ Bauhaus programme

19.00 – 19.45
Talk show with lots to see by our media partner The Europeans. The Europeans is a photo portrait of modern Europe by award-winning photographer Rob Hornstra and writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen.

20.00 – 20.15
Europe speech by HRH Princess Laurentien: What is the role of culture in building a resilient, sustainable and solidary Europe?

20.15 – 22.00

The evening talk show ‘Europe: Culture! Solidarity! Future? will address the tectonic rift that the war in Europe has caused, and how artists, creatives, activists and politicians can show unity and solidarity with Ukraine while combating divisive forces and narratives that work against our common future.

Emergency measures are needed on the ground and in the digital sphere. Humanitarian aid and legal action. Culture has equally its role to play in addressing the urgencies of today and the traumas of tomorrow. We believe in the
power of culture to unite and mobilise, to soothe pain and to help rebuild relations and trust. Is Europe ready to shape and unfold a European Cultural Deal for Ukraine? Co-curated with De Balie with inputs by speakers: Vasyl Cherepanyn (director, Visual Cultural Research Centre, Kyiv, Princess Margriet for Culture Award laureate 2015, Ukraine), Gijs de Vries (senior visiting fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science), Olivier Guez (journalist and writer, France), Giuliano da Empoli (author and political scientist, Italy/Switzerland), Dewi van de Weerd (Ambassador for International Cultural Cooperation at Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Luis Vassy (Ambassador of France to the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Maria Hlavajova (director of BAK Utrecht), Sophia Bulgakova (artist). Moderated by: Yoeri Albrecht (director, De Balie).

The evening talk show is co-curated with De Balie.

20.30 – 22.45

An evening with The European Pavilion. The European Pavilion is an initiative by the European Cultural Foundation that supports and promotes artistic projects which encourage critical thinking and radical imagination, and fuel bold perspectives on Europe and our common future.

Charles Essche (director of the van Abbe Museum, Netherlands and co-curator of The Democracy Pavilion), and Antonina Stebur & Maxim Tyminko (respectively curator and artist, both co-initiators of will introduce their initiatives while reflecting together on questions such as: What does democracy mean in these current, dark times? How can we both seek to defend the limited space for thought and action that we still have and push for a new sense of the good life and care of the planet we share? The discussion will be followed by the screening of the documentary film Judges Under Pressure by Polish director Kacper Lisowski.

22.30 – 23.30

The Schuman Show. Late night comedy bursting the Brussels Bubble!. For the first time outside of the EU capital.

IDFA documentaries
Curated selection of three Life in Europe pathway documentaries available in De Balie. Screening and special introduction to ‘Judges under Pressure’. See an evening with The European Pavilion.

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