Module II. The European Multinational and Multicultural Identity: assets and tensions, immigration and integration policies

2.1.3. High culture: the arts

Maybe then we should check the cultural element. Perhaps there is a European identity for high culture in art, music and literature. So the Union invests in projects and festivals and each year proclaims one city to be “Cultural capital of Europe.” And all this because the union believes that “transcending all manner of geographical, religious and political divides, artistic, scientific and philosophical currents have influenced and enriched one another over the centuries, laying down a common heritage for the many cultures of today’s European Union. Different as they are,  the peoples of Europe share a history which gives Europe its place in the world and which makes it so special.”

Activity 4

  • Check the publication “A community of cultures: The European Union and the arts.” on http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/move/31/txt_en.pdf . You can also consult the site of the project Europeana, where you can consult all libraries and museums of Europe and view their collection. A very good site is also http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hi/te_index.asp?i=Europe, the Metropolitan European Art Gallery. Below an image of a famous tapestry made in the Netherlands in 17th century and of a painting of Pablo Picasso.



  • What do you learn about Europe’s shared cultural heritage?

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