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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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Climate: Inspiring New Narratives

Over the last few years, a new generation of climate activists have embraced these tools as a means to inform and explain, but also to stir emotions and raise awareness about the latest environmental issues. Skillfully taking advantage of new digital formats and different social media platforms, these young people are reinventing the way they engage with their audiences by placing the creation of inspiring new narratives at the heart of their approach.

Flore Vasseur, Neige Flocon, Thelma Dumont, Camille de Toledo, Matti Aikio  © Brice Robert

What New Deal For Creative Europe?

At a time when the resilience of the cultural and creative sectors is being sorely tested by the fallout from the global pandemic, the new programme should also support the European Commission’s strategies to address the key challenges of our age, including the digital economy, the European Green Deal, the new Bauhaus, and the defense of pluralism and media freedom.

Anne-Caroline Jambeau, Antoine Pecqueur, Pascal Brunet, Gabriele Rosana, Élise Phamgia © Brice Robert

A New ‘European model’ to Compete with China and the USA?

In his latest essay ‘Slow Democracy’ (published by Allary), David Djaïz writes that Europe must “stop being a market and become a public power” that complements the vitality of its nations, and proposes that the environmental transition must be written “into a powerful collective narrative”. European Lab will give him free rein to lead a series of conversations that could inspire new narratives with a positive and galvanizing impact.

David Djaïz, Chloé Ridel, Primavera De Filippi, Shahin Vallée © Brice Robert

Independents in Crisis: Reset! Calling for A New Cultural and Social Contract in Europe

Launched in France in March 2020, the ‘Appel des Indépendants’ brought together 1,600 cultural entities and independent media structures for a forum that resulted in a manifesto made up of 140 proposals for a new cultural and social contract. This appeal was then pursued at the European level by a collective of 200 structures and independent media from 29 countries.

Zsuzsa Mekler, Dorian Meeùs, Caterina di Fazio, Steven Van Lummel and Elise Phamgia © Brice Robert

In Search of the Great European Novel

By stepping back and considering today’s literature scene at the continental level, are there any weaknesses that jump out at us? How could decentralization and greater interaction between literatures help us to see Europe’s contemporary collective imagination in a different light? What would the resulting fiction — as freely read in Warsaw as in Madrid or Paris — look like?

Félix Terrones, Marlena Wilczac, Vincenzo Latronico, Mathieu Roger-Lacan © Brice Robert

A Conversation With Srećko Horvat

Srećko Horvat is a philosopher of action, a contemporary of Slavoj Zizek, Julian Assange and Yanis Varoufakis, with whom he founded the transnational movement Diem25.

The unprecedented crisis that has arisen since the start of the 21st century — migratory, ecological, political, financial — has significantly eroded the foundations of our individual freedoms and democratic ideals. Action is needed, but what options are left in a control society that stifles all forms of solidarity in favour of order and financial interest? What can we do at a time when traditional forms of protest, including mass demonstrations, have been rendered toothless?

Chloé Ridel, Srećko Horvat © Brice Robert

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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