Happy Birthday, Europe Lab! 5 years of shaping Europe together
In July 2015 almost 100 young people from 18 countries in Europe gathered in the small town of Raseiniai, Lithuania. It was the continuation of what started in Perm during the legendary “Pilorama Lab” and still a new beginning. The first Lab was organised by the German-Russian Exchange (DRA e.V.) in cooperation with the Raseiniai Regional History Museum. Since the opening edition, a “Europe Lab” has been organised every year in different locations in Europe, all connected to the topic of Historical Memory.
One of the main pillars of Europe Lab was and is the understanding of the past in order to take responsibility for the present: In the last 5 years, we discussed conflicts and peacebuilding in Europe, dived into the Solidarność movement, political imprisonment during Socialism and examined where historical memory leaves its traces in the urban landscape. But we also reacted to current challenges for the civil society and gave them space within our workshop programmes: Climate change and sustainability, the role of media, migration and the refugee crisis, corruption, the European agenda.
Now, Europe Lab has grown up and is much more than just an annual summer school: It has become a platform for knowledge exchange, for cross-sector cooperation and the starting point of numerous projects and initiatives all over Europe. Europe Lab stays active and grows because of its community. More than 397 young people from 32 countries have participated and engaged in our activities since 2015.
Within the programme of events dedicated to 5 years of Europe Lab, we, therefore, check in with our community and discuss topics that are important for us and the society all over Europe in the summer of 2020: The power of communities, post-colonialism and racism and Europe 75 years after the end of World War II.
Check out our full programme.