One Year Around Europe



The first round of the We are Europe events just ended after an intense 12-month period. Our common project travelled through 8 European countries and has been presented in some of the most inspiring and innovative festivals and forums, hosting an audience of more than 300,000 festival-goers and professionals.

90 artists, from Europe, but also from North Africa, the Middle-East and the rest of the world —USA, Japan, Ghana, South Africa…—have been involved as part of our co-curation process. From electronic to piano music and arabic sounds through to digital art performances, they depicted what is Europe today: a dynamic cultural scene enriched by encounters and bright ideas that cross borders and disciplines.

75 speakers including entrepreneurs, artists, journalists, thinkers and scientists discussed Europe’s future with enlightening today’s initiatives and ideas, seen through the focus of cultural entrepreneurship—our annual topic—but also through the lens of internet decentralization and privacy, the potential impact of the blockchain in the creative and cultural fields, innovation in both technology and sciences, and bridges between Europe and Mediterranean countries. A big part of the future of culture in Europe lies in these topics.

Over the course of the year, each We are Europe member has presented its own artistic and cultural vision in the countries of two or three different partners. From Serbia’s Resonate in April to Norway’s Insomnia festival in late October.
The project does not shape Europe’s identity, it has underlined was already there. More than ever, we are deeply convinced that, beyond the fact that we share the same artistic values and high level of presentation, we belong to the same culture. From the continent’s northen tip to the Balkans via central Europe, we carry shared values and are all concerned about the future of the European project and the implementation of culture within.

Our project will be on the road again from March to October, 2017. Each partner festival and forum will invite a new set of partners and we will all be focused on the topic “the role of culture in the city of tomorrow”.

In 2017, We are Europe will run its second round:

01 – 05 March, 2017
Graz, Austria

Elevate – Music & Arts invites:
Insomnia & Sónar

Elevate – Discourse & Activism invites:
Movement + New Ideas & Sónar+D
19 – 22 April, 2017
Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate Live invites:
c/o pop Festival & Sónar

Resonate Conference invites:
c/o pop Convention & Sónar+D

24 – 28 May, 2017
Lyon, France

Nuits sonores invites:
Reworks Festival & TodaysArt

European Lab forum invites:
Reworks Agora & TodaysArt Symposium


14 – 17 June, 2017
Barcelona, Spain

Sónar invites:
c/o pop Festival & TodaysArt

Sónar+D invites:
c/o pop Convention & TodaysArt Symposium


16 – 20 August, 2017
Cologne, Germany

c/o pop Festival invites:
Elevate – Music & Arts & Resonate Live

c/o pop Convention invites:
Elevate – Discourse & Activism & Resonate Conference


13 – 17 September, 2017
Thessaloniki, Greece

Reworks Festival invites:
Insomnia & Nuits sonores

Reworks Agora invites:
European Lab forum & Movement + New Ideas


22 – 23 September, 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands

TodaysArt invites:
Resonate Live & Reworks Festival

TodaysArt Symposium invites:
Resonate Conference & Reworks Agora


26 – 28 October, 2017
Tromsø, Norway

Insomnia invites:
Elevate – Music & Arts & Nuits sonores

Movement + New Ideas invites:
Elevate – Discourse & Activism & European Lab forum