Culture Lab

June, 2020
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The event was planned to take place in April in Rijeka, Croatia, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. National leaders have taken the initiative in the response this crisis. They take the stage and increase their popularity by protecting national interests. Debate takes place in national filter bubbles which results in a lack of solidarity and understanding we're in this crisis all together and need to come out of this all together. Where is the shared European interest?

All across Europe, citizens (including those who are not formally recognised as such) are creating new online and offline spaces where working together and generating solidarity is what matters.

In these spaces culture functions as a language to describe reality, to express feelings and opinions. Culture works to strengthen social ties and helps to imagine alternative ways of living and engaging with others. Connecting these spaces provides an infrastructure for a cultural movement that can show how a fundamental crisis can be managed much better through cooperation and solidarity. The European Cultural Foundation and partners ZEMOS98, Krytyka Polityczna and Rijeka 2020 have set up Culture Lab Europe as a live platform to strengthen this movement.

Fifty cultural activists and change makers will explore ways to collaborate on initiatives to strengthen European Public Space. In the week from 22 to 28 June, several live events will take place online. Culture Lab Europe provides a safe and inspirational working environment based on principles of free and open culture.

Culture Lab Europe is a unique opportunity to -

Be inspired by initiatives tackling the pressures facing European societies.

Build connections with other cultural change makers across Europe.

Develop initiatives contributing to a European space for public debate, fostering solidarity amongst people living across our continent.

Meet funders and be part of their initiative for European public space.

Fifty cultural activists and mediators are involved and they are already


Engaged in initiatives that create spaces for solidarity and public debate, and who are keen on European collaboration.


Engaged in non-partisan initiatives that provide digital or physical space for citizens to share ideas and engage in debate.


Well connected to relevant (local) communities and stakeholders such as decision makers, educational institutions or media.


Committed to sharing their knowledge and experience and working on collaborative projects with peers from across Europe.

The event was going to happen in Rijeka in April 2020 but due to the Coronavirus crisis it has been postponed physically and it will have some digital activities in June 2020.

Check the online programme!

Check the the list of participants!

Culture Lab Europe: #SpacesforSolidarity is a co-production with Krytyka Polityczna, ZEMOS98 and hosted by Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture