The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Garden invites to relax and read in a serene green oasis amid the busy European Quarter. An art installation tree offers visitors easy access to the Europe Readr platform. A series of cultural events will take place beneath the tree from July to September.
By the end of September 2021, you will be able to connect to the Europe Readr platform in the Citizens’ Garden of the European Parliament, using a special art installation designed for this occasion by Studio Drevo. With the help of various types of wood linked to a single structure, the installation conveys a message of the wealth to be found in Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity and draws attention to the interconnectedness in seeking answers to the most important global issues. More information on the project can be found on the European Parliament’s website.
The project was opened on 14 July 2021 by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia Anže Logar, and the Director of EU National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Gitte Zschoch. Together, they underlined the importance of culture for the development of the EU and its external actions and advocated a central place for it in the public space and citizens’ lives.
The opening was followed by the first literary event – a discussion with Swedish writer Axel Lindén (author of the book "Every Other Pine, Every Other Fir", also accessible via Europe Readr) and Austrian author Marlen Schachinger. They shared their views on nature, past and identity, about the world we live in, and on the role writers can play in encouraging readers to think freely about the future.
Thinkers on the Future of Living
On 21 September, a discussion entitled Thinkers on the Future of Living took place "beneath the tree". Host Ravel Kodrič discussed different topics with Italian writer and professor Andrea de Luca and Dutch philosopher Pieter Hoexum. When discussing the meaning of home and habitat, the thinkers realised that if the outside space is taken from an individual, as it happened during the COVID-19 lockdowns, a home loses its positive image of a shelter and suddenly becomes a prison. The thinkers concluded that public spaces are essential to preserve and improve sustainable, open and acceptable society. We all believe that bright future awaits us!
Poetry evening at the Transpoesie festival
On 23 September, the Transpoesie festival hosted a poetry evening entitled "Poets on the future of living" in the Citizens' Garden of the European Parliament in Brussels. This edition brought together Estonian poet Elsa Tölli, Dutch poet and writer Pelumi Adejumo, Slovenian poet and composer Nina Dragičević, and Spanish author Sara Herrera Peralta. The event was moderated by Belgian author Carimen Michels.