Beyond Us versus Them – The Role of Culture in a Divided Europe

Public Conversation followed by the Anniversary Reception „100 Years ifa“
2 May 2017, 6.30 pm
Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union
Rue Belliard 60-62
B-1040 Brussels

Populism, extremism and Euroscepticism: To what extent can the cultural sector counteract these increasing divisions, which can be understood as an internal threat to the European project? What new forms of cultural cooperation would such a role require?

Keynote: Adam Broomberg, Artist, “Hands Off Our Revolution”

Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum
Katherine Heid, Head of Political Development, Culture Action Europe
Ulrike Liebert, Professor, Bremen International Graduate School of Sciences
Andrew Murray, Director, EUNIC Global

Chair: Andrea Despot, Deputy Director, European Academy Berlin

The event is held in cooperation with EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union.

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ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Miriam Kahrmann, Tel. +49.711.2225.105,,

About ifa
This year ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is celebrating its centennial. Germany’s largest intermediary organization for international cultural relations was founded during the First World War as “a work of peace in the midst of war.”

ifa is now considered a center of competence for international cultural relations and artistic discourse. ifa offers extensive opportunities for cultural exchange and civil conflict management. The basis of the institute’s international work is its vast network of national and global partners. This year’s 2017 leading theme is “Cultures of We.”

About EUNIC Global
EUNIC is the network of European national institutes of culture and national bodies engaged in cultural and related activities beyond their national borders. EUNIC brings together organizations from all 28 EU member states and adds value through its global network of clusters. By pooling together the resources and expertise of its members and carrying out joint work on common areas of interest, EUNIC is a recognised partner of the EU and its stakeholders in defining and implementing European policy on culture inside and outside the EU.