From the 7th to the 9th of June, Arty Farty's team organized a series of talks, conferences and workshops centered around the subject of shifting narratives on the European level. In the 3 days of European Lab, over 80 guest speakers exchanged and debated over themes like inclusivity, sustainability, gender and racial representativity, afropeanity and more.

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Moderation: Baptiste Roger-Lacan

Speakers: Zsuzsa Mekler, Márton Gegerly, Pascal Brunet & Mathilde Vasseur

Photo Credit: Brice Robert

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. Above all in Hungary and Poland, where a recent editorial in Le Monde observed the “inexorable deterioration of press freedoms […] under the gaze of a largely impotent European Union”.

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.

In association with Relais Culture Europe and to mark Sphera Day, European Lab will explore the treatment of the news media in the European Commission’s new Culture and Media programmes.

We also took this opportunity to record interviews with Sarah Gamrani, creator of poetry book “Au-Delà du Club” (Beyond Club) – to read here – , and Steven Van Lummel, founder of The Hague’s PIP – to read here.

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