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New European Bauhaus: latest developments to shape the debate

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) is about to take off. After the launch of the co-design phase in January, the initiative that aims at making the Green Deal a cultural project is now taking shape. Contributions from more than 30 countries in the EU and beyond have already been registered on the online portal of the New European Bauhaus, proposing ideas, examples and challenges.

Culture Action Europe has joined forces with more than 10 other European organisations representing artists, cultural and creative professionals, educators, researchers, engineers and designers in the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC), to contribute in an organised and multidisciplinary way to a process that needs to be participatory and inclusive. The NEBC has been selected among the first official partners of the New European Bauhaus. Applications are still open for organisations aligned with the mission of the initiative and with a substantial EU or local outreach capacity that wish to become official NEB partners.

On 29 April (10am-4pm), the NEB Collective will host an online conference under the title “Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project”.

Right before it, the European Commission will host the first high-level New European Bauhaus conference on 22-23 April: a two-day event with keynote speeches, talks and panel discussions on the NEB vision and timeline.

In the meantime, the first meeting of the NEB high-level roundtable has taken place, with 18 thinkers and practitioners from various fields (art, architecture, design, climate change and sustainability, social inclusion, activism, technology, among others). They are expected to act as community ambassadors for the New European Bauhaus, “bringing inspiration” to the project while helping to establish and facilitate the whole process. Through a series of pitches, they looked at the various issues at stake, offering advice as well as identifying the challenges. Their profiles are available here, together with their visions on the NEB.

While they are not a formal advisory board, they will be exchanging views among themselves and with the EU officials, including Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Commissioners Mariya Gabriel (Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth) and Elisa Ferreira (Cohesion and Reforms).

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