From 15-16 December 2022, 42 members from 19 countries of the European Alliance of Academies met at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin to discuss restrictions on artistic freedom in the face of war and crisis.
The EUROPEAN ALLIANCE OF ACADEMIES aims at initiating a network of art academies and cultural institutions across Europe – a transnational collaboration that advocates for the freedom of the arts. Through new forms of cooperation, the participating institutions support each other and show solidarity whenever needed.
The current issue of the Journal der Künste #19 gathers important topics and key actors of the European Alliance of Academies. The focus lays on the recently published platform LOOM Interweaving the Arts in Europe – a digital space for artistic collaboration of the alliance members and in which artists’ positions are juxtaposed with current political challenges.
A project presentation of „Ignorance is Strength? Artistic Expression and Biopower in the Post/Pandemic Age“ took place in Zagreb, Croatia.
#LOOM Interweaving the Arts in Europe is a digital platform for transnational projects and artistic cooperation among the institutions and artists of the network, providing possible answers to current social and cultural questions.
The Széchenyi Academy of Lettres and Arts condemns the views of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his speech on July 23, 2022.
The unthinkable has happened: War in Europe. This war polarizes. In particular with regard to the question of how to deal with Russian and Belarusian artists who publicly position themselves against the war. Despite this neuralgic point, the European Alliance of Academies has agreed by a large majority on the following statement:
Latest event of the Alliance of Academie in Hungary. The European Alliance of Academies launched a series of events on the freedom of the arts in Budapest with a public discussion and workshops involving authors from all over Europe and in close cooperation with Society of Hungarian Authors.
After the students and teachers of University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest (SZFE) occupied their university building for 71 days in autumn 2020 to fight for the freedom and independence of the university, the Freeszfe Society, an independent creative, educational and cultural space, was founded in February this year.
Over summer break, the work of the European Alliance of Acadamies continued: Important topics and interviews with key actors of the Alliance are part of the current issue of the Journal der Künste #16.
The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism aims to reward outstanding and informed journalistic work on issues that promote and defend the fundamental values of the European Union. This year’s applications are open until 1 September 2021.
Under the heading There lies Europe, the 22nd poesiefestival berlin from 11 to 17 June 2021 is investigating the poetry of Europe in all its diversity of forms and languages, and in spite of the pandemic is building poetic bridges across the continent
The Círculo de Bellas Artes’ R+D+C Forum aims to become a meeting point between research in the Arts and Humanities and different economic and social agents,
The European Alliance of Academies celebrates Europe Day by reminding the importance of artistic freedom in Europe.
What kind of policies are needed to support the European arts and culture scene? How can new digital spaces empower cultural actors across Europe?
At the Re:Writing the Future Festival, the State of Artistic Freedom 2021 report is launched by the non-governmental organization Freemuse.
The members of the European Alliance of Academies are in solidarity with Prof. Jan Grabowski, Professor of History at the University of Ottawa, and Prof. Barbara Engelking, founder and director of the Polish Center for Holocaust Research in Warsaw
The Hungarian Network of Academics’ (OHA) issued the following declaration of protest against the appropriation of Hungarian universities: The Orbán regime has changed gears in the process of seizing control of universities over the last few days: as if under martial law, five state universities have been rushed into a procedure to transform them into foundations, stripping them of all their remaining autonomy.
In view of the persecutions of students and teachers of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, the European Alliance of Academies fully supports the statement of Prof. Jan Hančil, Rector of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
A speech that equates the rule of law with gas chambers, solidarity with the deprivation of rights, and the European Union with Hitler’s Third Reich, erases the language itself.
Many partner institutions of the European Alliance of Academies have expressed their solidarity with the SZFE University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Hungary. They are extremely concerned about the measures taken by Hungarian policymakers which are hindering the free development of the arts and artistic expression.
The report ’Hungary Turns its Back on Europe. Dismantling Culture, Education, Science and the Media in Hungary 2010–2019’ informs the Hungarian and international public as well as European institutions about the severe harm that the Orbán regime has caused in the fields of education, science, culture, and the media since 2010.
From 24-25 November, our alliance partner, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, proposes a debate on the freedom of artistic expression and creation.
Due to its special history, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities knows how precious and often hard-won freedom for art and science is.
On 8 October 2020, the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, opened the conference on the foundation of an alliance of European academies committed to the freedom of artistic expression. Read the opening address by filmmaker and Akademie President Jeanine Meerapfel here.
Art and Science are the best forms of communication between individuals, communities and nations. Art and Science know no boundaries and no limitations. To develop, we must act in friendly conditions, in the atmosphere of trust and complete freedom. We should jointly and severally strengthen it for the sake of our countries and the sake of Europe.
The institutions that committed to the alliance come from almost every country of the European Union – a strong signal that the need for this solidarity-based cooperation is high. The partner institutions include reknown art academies, national actors of cultural politics but also smaller cultural institutions.
At the public opening on October 8, Academy President Jeanine Meerapfel will give a welcoming speech and authors Robert Menasse and A.L. Kennedy will present their vision for Europe. Political Scientist Basil Kerski will talk about how Europe’s future is being shaped in Central and Eastern Europe. The evening will be accompanied by a music Performance of the AoA Impro-Group with Floros Floridis and others.