RECAP: We Are Europe 2016


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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”.
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

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