01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018
01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018

Transnational unions to revive democracy


Departing from the current political, economic, humanitarian, and environmental crises of Europe, executive director of European Alternatives Daphne Büllesbach, representative of DiEM25 Ivana Nenadović, artist Jonas Staal, and New Unions founder and writer Chris Keulemans, together with various other pan-European activists and organisers among the audience, will gather in an assembly of ideas to revive democracy and the European project, while rejecting ultra-nationalist parties that demand separation from the European Union and seek to return to a mythical notion of the nation-state, as well as the political-economical functionary elite that has used the EU for its austerity politics.

The crisis of Europe has to be considered simultaneously as a crisis of imagination, and as such, it constitutes a fight that we, artists and professionals in the cultural field, have to fight by campaigning for alternative options for transnational alliances and forms of citizenship.

Please check the accessibility of the venue here.

Gasteig München - Foyer Carl-Orff-Saal, floor 1
Rosenheimer Straße 5
3 November, 2018 - 10:00 to 13:00

Share your ideas


image of Chris Keulemans

Dear IETM people,

Please come and join us tomorrow morning. The topic is urgent, we have excellent speakers and we need you to make it work.

We expect a collective discussion rather than one-way communication. 

The aim: to include and involve this circle of performing arts workers - and through them, of course, their colleagues, venues and audiences - into the trans-European networks that DiEM25 and European Alternatives are building.

With a specific focus on the question: how can the (performing) arts, its imagination and its networks, join forces with EA and specifically DiEM25 to strengthen the trans-European campaign towards the European elections in May 2019?

After the introductions by Ivana Nenadovic, Daphne Büllesbach and Jonas Staal, we will open it up and make this an unexpected brainstorm about artists, the art world, Europe in crisis and the road to the European elections next year, which is a crucial moment to resist the current destructive movements across the continent (and the world). As the moderator, I will try to include everyone present and mobilize them to step into action. 

Because, referring to Jonas’ recent research and exhibition: while Steve Bannon boasts that he is creating an infrastructure for the global populist movement, including Europe - how can we build a trans-European alternative infrastructure?

Which networks, media and organizational structures do we have, can we translate the Rojava struggle for democratic confederalism to Europe, and how do we take care that arts and culture are an integral and inspirational part of this movement?


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