European Alliance of Academies
The Climate We Live In. An Alliance Against the Far Right


The conference takes place in the run-up to the European elections, which will be held in Germany on 9 June 2024. Two months earlier, members of the European Alliance of Academies send a clear signal against the resurgence of right-wing extremism, antisemitism and racism. The members of the European Alliance of Academies, initiated by Academy President Jeanine Meerapfel, have been standing together for the freedom of art since 2020. The conference will focus on artists from various European countries affected by repression. They will bring their art to the European public and pass on their experiences to political decision-makers.

After a welcoming address by Minister of State for Culture and the Media Claudia Roth, publicist and historian Meron Mendel will speak about the debate on artistic freedom in Germany at the opening on Monday, 25 March. Manos Tsangaris will share his thoughts on the topic of “Democracy and Music”. On the subsequent panel, representatives of the Hungarian and Polish art and cultural scene will discuss the possibilities to participate in democratic processes. Aleš Šteger and Iban García del Blanco comment on the political and social climate in Europe against the backdrop of the 2024 European elections.


Programme on Monday, 25 March, 7 pm

Jeanine Meerapfel, Filmmaker and President of the Akademie der Künste

Address (digital)
Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and the Media

Meron Mendel, Publicist and Historian

Manos Tsangaris, Composer and Member of the Akademie der Künste


For a Democratic Europe: Art and Culture as Important Elements for Participatory Democracies

Aleš Šteger, Writer and Member of the Akademie der Künste

Iban García del Blanco, Member of the European Parliament

Maria Anna Potocka, Director of MOCAK Museum for Contemporary Art

Jákob Ladányi Jancsó, Filmmaker and Representative of the Freeszfe Society

Moderation: Valerio Rocco Lozano, Director of the Círculo de Bellas Artes


Floros Floridis’s AoA Impro Group


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Monday, 25 Mar 2024

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenary Hall

With Iban García del Blanco, Jákob Ladányi Jancsó, Valerio Rocco Lozano, Jeanine Meerapfel, Meron Mendel, Maria Anna Potocka, Aleš Šteger, Manos Tsangaris and Claudia Roth (digital statement)

Music: Floros Floridis & AoA Impro Group

In German and English

Free admission

Registration or +49(0)30 20057 1000

2nd Conference Day
Tue 26 Mar

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