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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.
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.