Europeday: #Amplify in Action

Date: 09/05/2022

On 9 May, Europe Day 2022, the project, Amplify: Make the Future of Europe Yours will conclude with a final event dedicated to taking action to make the voices of artists, cultural workers, activists and community leaders heard by decision-makers across Europe. Over the last year, Amplify has worked within 12 European countries in order to bring ideas, proposals, recommendations, and concerns about the vision of culture for the (Conference on the) Future of Europe, which will hold its last meeting on that day.

H401 in Amsterdam is the Amplify co-ordinator in The Netherlands. They have invited Creative Court in the Hague and Het Geluid Maastricht together with The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and iArts Maastricht and supported by Dutch Culture, LKCA and Cultuurmakers to give shape to the process in The Netherlands. Amplify in NL advocates for the language of the arts to be heard, as it can give voice to those that can be otherwise overlooked. In The Netherlands nine art students have engaged with underrepresented voices and developed artworks that want to create awareness of a problem and speak to policy makers about necessary changes. 

The event, “Amplify in Action,” will gather all Hubs from 12 countries to strategise and execute a live, guerilla-style social media campaign, amplifying their calls to action to policymakers, cultural leaders and EU institutions. Throughout the day, Culture Action Europe will host live sessions, such as artists’ talks, moderated dialogue between Amplify participants and EU decision-makers, and host a digital art exhibition featuring artistic interventions resulting from the Amplify process.

Program overview

10.00 -11.00 | Culture as an opening act with
Polina Moroz, Artist, Ukraine and Beatrice Duodu, Journalist, Spain

11.00-12.00 | Bridging culture and politics: conversation with Alexis Georgoulis, Member of European Parliament, Greece, Angelos Agalianos, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission

12.15-12.45 | Advocates in action
Amplify participants appeal and public campaign

12.45-13.30 | Mayday Magazine Launch with
Teresa O’Connell, Editor in Chief and Taras Nazaruk, Preserving the Now Collective, Ukraine

14.00-15.00 | Vernissage: Culture as a political language with arts students from The Netherlands (contribution by H401 and partners): Kay Fahner, Carles Hidalgo, Zahra Rafaella Jorisse, Laura D. Kelemen, Ben Maier, Christina Maridaki, Noelia Martìn-Montalvo, Amy Opstal, Lina Selg

The event is moderated by Reine Elisabeth Nkiambote, television journalist and podcastmaker and Mick ter Reehorst, founder of Are We Europe media collective. Francesca Vincentie, a folk, RnB, and pop artist and storyteller will perform her songs telling stories of climate change, migration and identity throughout the event.

#AmplifyinAction is part of Europe Day 22, a day full of online and offline activities across Europe. Jointly curated by Culture Action Europe (Brussels), Centre for fine arts – BOZAR (Brussels), the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and De Balie (Amsterdam), the day offers a wide range of debates, conversations, presentations, cultural and artistic program and actions to celebrate and shape the future of Europe together, the future that responds to current challenges, aspirations and dreams of Europeans.

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Join us on the day of action by sharing your work across social media! Use the hashtag #AmplifyinAction and share your projects, initiatives, research, artworks, manifestos, etc. to join everyone across Europe in putting culture centerstage.