Embracing Ballet and Dance as Pillars of Europe’s Collective Culture

As we approach the elections, join in spreading awareness about the importance of culture in shaping Europe's future

by Ballet Magazine
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As we commemorate Europe Day on May 9th, it’s crucial to reflect on the significance of culture in shaping our shared European identity. Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education at the European Parliament, emphasizes the indispensable role culture plays in fostering a sense of unity among Europeans.

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Place culture at the forefront of Union’s agenda

With just a month remaining until nearly 372 million voters cast their ballots in the European Parliament elections, organizations like Culture Action Europe, Europa Nostra, and the European Cultural Foundation are rallying behind the Cultural Deal for Europe campaign. This initiative aims to place culture at the forefront of our Union’s agenda, inviting current and aspiring Members of European Parliament, political parties, policymakers, and citizens alike to recognize its paramount importance.

Why prioritize culture in European policymaking? In an increasingly polarized world, culture serves as a unifying force, bridging divides and facilitating meaningful dialogue. It is through culture that we exchange ideas, inspire one another, and envision the future of our societies. Without a vibrant cultural landscape, the very essence of Europe’s future is at risk.

At the heart of the Cultural Deal for Europe lies a call for comprehensive integration of culture into the EU’s funding programs, sustainable development strategies, global relations, and long-term vision. By acknowledging culture as the beating heart of the European project, we pave the way for a more cohesive and inclusive Union.

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Embrace ballet as integral component of Europe’s collective culture

But what can each of us do to support this cause? As we approach the elections, we urge you to join us in spreading awareness about the importance of culture in shaping Europe’s future. Share our open letter with your local representatives and engage with candidates during election events, advocating for the inclusion of culture in their platforms.

Additionally, download and distribute our action flyer at election events, amplifying our message and mobilizing support for the Cultural Deal for Europe.

In conclusion, let us embrace ballet and dance as integral components of Europe’s collective culture. By championing cultural diversity and creativity, we uphold the values that define us as Europeans and propel our Union toward a more prosperous and harmonious future. Together, let’s make culture the cornerstone of Europe’s identity and vision for generations to come.

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