In 2016, We Are Europe, the association of 8 events joining forces in order to create, promote and produce innovative cultural practices, travelled through 8 European countries hosting an audience of more than 300,000 festival-goers and professionals
We Are Europe is the association of 8 major European events joining forces in order to promote, create and produce innovative cultural practices, defined by creative diversity and exchanges. The project aims to develop a prospective vision of electronic culture, technology and entrepreneurship, contributing to new social and political developments with an interdisciplinary approach.
The first round of the We are Europe events just ended after an intense 12-month period. The project traveled through 8 European countries and has been presented in some of the most inspiring and innovative festivals and forums, hosting an audience of more than 300,000 festival-goers and professionals.
90 artists, from Europe, but also from North Africa, the Middle-East and the rest of the world – USA, Japan, Ghana, South Africa...- have been involved as part of the We Are Europe co-curation process. From electronic to piano music and arabic sounds through to digital art performances, they depicted what is Europe today: a dynamic cultural scene enriched by encounters and bright ideas that cross borders and disciplines.
75 speakers including entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, thinkers and scientists discussed Europe’s future with enlightening today’s initiatives and ideas, seen through the focus of cultural entrepreneurship—the annual topic—but also through the lens of internet decentralization and privacy, the potential impact of the blockchain in the creative and cultural fields, innovation in both technology and sciences, and bridges between Europe and Mediterranean countries. A big part of the future of culture in Europe lies in these topics.
Over the course of the year, each We Are Europe member has presented its own artistic and cultural vision in the countries of two or three different partners. From Serbia’s Resonate in April to Norway’s Insomnia festival in late October.
The project does not shape Europe’s identity, it has underlined what was already there. More than ever, We Are Europe are deeply convinced that, beyond the fact that Europeans share the same artistic values and high level of presentation, Europeans belong to the same culture. From the continent’s northern tip to the Balkans via central Europe, Europeans carry shared values and are all concerned about the future of the European project and the implementation of culture within.
The We Are Europe project will be on the road again from March to October 2017. Each partner festival and forum will invite a new set of partners and we will all be focused on the topic “the role of culture in the city of tomorrow”.
WE ARE EUROPE NEXT EVENTS IN 2017
01 – 05 March, 2017 Graz, Austria Elevate – Music & Arts invites: Insomnia & Sónar Elevate – Discourse & Activism invites: Movement + New Ideas & Sónar+D ________________________________
19 – 22 April, 2017 Belgrade, Serbia Resonate Live invites: c/o pop Festival & Sónar Resonate Conference invites: c/o pop Convention & Sónar+D ________________________________
24 – 28 May, 2017 Lyon, France Nuits Sonores invites: Reworks Festival & TodaysArt European Lab Forum invites: Reworks Agora & TodaysArt Symposium ________________________________
14 – 17 June, 2017 Barcelona, Spain Sónar invites: c/o pop Festival & TodaysArt Sónar+D invites: c/o pop Convention & TodaysArt Symposium ________________________________
16 – 20 August, 2017 Cologne, Germany c/o pop Festival invites: Elevate – Music & Arts & Resonate Live c/o pop Convention invites: Elevate – Discourse & Activism & Resonate Conference ________________________________
13 – 17 September, 2017 Thessaloniki, Greece Reworks Festival invites: Insomnia & Nuits sonores Reworks Agora invites: European Lab forum & Movement + New Ideas ________________________________
22 – 23 September, 2017 The Hague, The Netherlands TodaysArt invites: Resonate Live & Reworks Festival TodaysArt Symposium invites: Resonate Conference & Reworks Agora ________________________________
26 – 28 October, 2017 Tromsø, Norway Insomnia invites: Elevate – Music & Arts & Nuits sonores Movement + New Ideas invites: Elevate – Discourse & Activism & European Lab forum