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Ahead of the next European Lab, held from the 6 to the 8th of October in Brussels, we invite you to review the topics tackled during the previous installment.

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Influencers Waging the Battle of European Narratives

Should the European institutions work more with influencers? What tools can influencers use to address the continent’s young citizens? And, more generally, what role can digital platforms play in the battle of European narratives?

Juli Simond, Tommaso Salaroli and Salim Bakar © Laurie Diaz

Cafés and Alternative Cultural Spaces

Should we add the new generation of social spaces, reimagined creative places, reinvented economic models and alternative entities, to the traditional pre-existing cafés that contributed to Europe’s modernity?

Bruno Trigo from Radio Quantica © Laurie Diaz

Decolonizing Electronic Music

Developed for the most part in Europe, North America and Japan, the tools and software used to produce electronic music continue to play a central role in the construction of Western-dominated narratives and imaginaries — even though the popular electronic music that came out of the United States in the 1970s and 1980s was predominantly the work of African-American artists.

Deena Abdelwahed, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Bruno Trigo Gonçalves & Herlander © Brice Robert

Music as a Way to Tackle Climate Challenges

Despite warnings in the mass media and a global increase in the awareness of the climate emergency, as well as widespread images of melting ice, rising waters and deforestation, we are still firmly stuck in the status quo when it comes to the environment.

What can be done to bring about change and to successfully communicate the gravity of the imminent disaster? And what if music, through its narrative power and ability to inspire, could provide the answer?

Simo Cell, Camille Hervé, Eden Kupermintz © Laurie Diaz

Media Freedom and Pluralism: A Cultural Cause

Fake news, manipulative algorithms, the establishment of vast government-controlled press groups and the suffocation of the independent media: the freedom to inform and pluralism of the media are being challenged all over Europe.

However, for the first time, the news media sector is set to receive support in the form of various measures under the cross-sectoral component of the Creative Europe programme, with a view to promoting media literacy, pluralism and media freedom.

Zsuzsa Mekler, Márton Gegerly, Pascal Brunet & Mathilde Vasseur at European Lab © Brice Robert

Giving A Platform To New Voices

In June 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a significant section of the music industry became aware of a major inequality within their scene : that of the under-representation of black artists.

To this can be added the sexist discrimination experienced by many female artists and denounced by women in the sector, who are challenging the very foundations of the dominant musical discourse.

As a result, activists in different communities and from all walks of life are getting involved in initiatives to encourage the emergence of new voices on the scene. These figures are at the heart of the creation of new narratives.

Jean-Hugues Kabuiki and Sarah Gamrani © Laurie Diaz

Afropean Stories: An Alternative History of Europe

Adventures in Afropea was an early-1990s album by Zap Mama that introduced the world to the term “Afropean”. Although its use was initially confined to artistic circles as a means to designate African influence on European culture, nowadays it is used to refer more broadly to the generations of black men and women who have made the European continent their home. 

Kiyémis, Wilfried N’Sondé, Marie-Julie Chalu © Brice Robert

Musical Narratives : Hybridization & Experimentation

At a time of increased interaction between the worlds of video game sand music, when artists are increasingly having to innovate to reach new communities and when the arts scene is becoming ever more oriented towards hybridization, what place do these new formats occupy in today’s music industry?

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Lila Meghraoua, Hugo Richel, Pedro Vian, Pussykrew at European Lab © Laurie Diaz

About European Lab

In 2011, Arty Farty launched the European Lab project with the support of the European Union. The ambition of this new platform is to bring together, at the European level, a new generation of emerging and innovative cultural actors, around a shared reflection on and commitment to the future of culture.

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