Exploring the role of music in the New European Bauhaus

March 8, 2024, 10:20 am

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative embodies the EU’s vision of creating sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetically pleasing living environments, as well as products, aligning with the goals of the European Green Deal. In 2022, CAE contributed with a document that stated its position on the programme and took part in the crucial steps that paved the way for its implementation.

Among them, a recent panel held in the European Parliament delved into the integration of music into this framework, aiming to elucidate its place and potential contributions. The event, organized jointly by the European Music Council (EMC), the Cultural Creators Friendship Group (CCFG), and the New European Bauhaus Friendship Group (NEBFG), brought together policymakers and representatives from the music sector. Key figures included MEPs Marcos Ros Sempere and Laurence Farreng, along with Solène Gautron from the European Commission.

During the event, panelists explored how music can enhance community pride and cohesion, contributing to the achievement of the NEB’s objectives. By fostering a sense of belonging and unity, music serves as a vital cultural bridge, transcending barriers of generation, background, and language, thus, it can play a central role in this endeavor. In some way, it already does, by being showcased in pivotal cultural events such as the European Bauhaus festival, which will take place in Brussels this April. Additionally, initiatives like Creative Europe‘s calls demonstrate increasing support for the cultural sector, including music.

The event culminated in a shared agreement among participants from the music sector, affirming their enthusiasm to actively participate in the NEB. Panelists expressed a commitment to enhancing the narrative surrounding the initiative and fostering collaborative partnerships across European and local contexts. Recognizing the profound capacity of music to elevate awareness and catalyze positive societal change, there was a resounding call for intensified collaboration between institutions and the music industry. 


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