London Festival of Europe

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'...a Congress on methods of engagement with European affairs and the construction of a pan-European cultural avant-garde.'

Critical Practice hosted How to Make Europe Dream? A Cultural Congress as part of this European Alternatives' 2008 London Festival of Europe and convened a Market of Ideas.

Here is the programme of the festival. The website for the 2007 festival is available here.


co-ordinators:Isobel Bowditch and Trevor Giles
working group: Neil Cummings, Cinzia Cremona, Alexander Page, Mary Anne Francis, Joe Balfour, Marsha Bradfield Robert Dingle, Tom Trevatt, Mike Knowlden, Federico Campagna, Francesca Papa & Jem Mackay.

CP contribution to Congress

File:2008stiegler140x130.png Bernard Stiegler, 6th March 2008

Bernard Stiegler will present the opening lecture – Towards a European Way of Life
6.30 - 9pm, 6th March, Chelsea College of Art & Design in the lecture theatre.

Niccolo Milanese introduced Mr. Stiegler and chaired the Q&A session.
Documentation: Video highlights, full audio and notes.

Some Bernard Stiegler texts are hosted on Ars Industrialis.


How to Make Europe Dream? A Cultural Congress, 15th and 16th March 2008
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12.30 - 7pm, The Banquet Hall and the Red Room, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

London is potentially a heart for a European cultural avant-garde. It is one of the most culturally active and cosmopolitan places in Europe. Yet it is also the capital of what is often portrayed as being one of the most Euro-sceptic of nations. As part of the London Festival of Europe 2008, European Alternatives will invite the most innovative of young European cultural organisations, artists and writers to London for a Congress on the future of artistic culture in Europe. The Congress will provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals with artistic and political backgrounds to exchange outlooks and pose the question of the relationship of politics and the arts in Europe.

The Congress featured four round tables and two public evenings over two days. See programme.


What's Cultural About Economics?, 16th March
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4pm – 6pm, The Banquet Hall and the Red Room, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.


Markets are good at convening and distributing resources. Based on the model of the ancient bazaar, Critical Practice organised a Market of Ideas in which 'stalls' presented by artists, anthropologists, economists and others exchanged their knowledge with the milling crowd.

The stalls are listed here


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Organizational meetings

Monday 3rd March 4.30pm
Royal Festival Hall Foyer, London
26th March, 2008 Debriefing
Monday 25th Feb
18th February 2008
11th February 2008
30th January 2008 and
21st January 2008.