The social power of culture and education
On Thursday, 6 June 2019, the Federal Foreign Office will use the platform of the Long Night of Ideas to highlight the importance of the social power of culture and education in view of the social and political upheaval that is occurring around the world. Under the motto “Idea and Ideal – Europe”, we are joining forces with cultural professionals and numerous partner organisations to show the whole range of our cultural relations and education policy work in striking locations in Berlin’s cultural scene, including the Barenboim-Said Akademie, the Globus Floor at the Tresor nightclub, the Roter Salon at the Volksbühne theatre and the rooftop studio at the Federal Foreign Office.
The challenges currently facing Europe are proof that traditional forms of order and discourse have lost their validity. In times of disinformation, the disappearance of familiar borders and an increasing focus on the national level, the aim must be to protect freedom and cultural identities, foster links between societies and facilitate political understanding.
Foreign Minister Maas issued the following statement ahead of the event:
Culture helps our society understand who we are. So if we intend to create a European society, then we must also work on a Europe of culture. And that is precisely what we’re doing with our cultural policy – especially during our EU Council Presidency next year.
Freedom of art, science and opinion
Cultural relations and education policy has put these aims at the heart of its work. It improves access to culture and education, at national and international level and as regards developing a common European culture. It also stands for active policies that foster freedom of the arts, science and opinion. Furthermore, it promotes cultural cooperation rather than representation.
17 events in Berlin
How can we use culture and education to strengthen cohesion in and between European societies? In what ways can we strengthen and protect open spaces in civil society for the arts, culture, science and freedom of expression? These are some of the many issues that will be addressed at a total of 17 events, which will include exhibitions, interactive experiences, music, theatre, literature and guided tours suitable for the disabled.
Come on over!
Admission is free of charge. Apart from events marked with an *, visitors do not need to register in advance. The schedule has been organised so that visitors can attend several events in different locations. For more details on the programme, or to register, please go to the following website: menschenbewegen.jetzt