Europe takes part!: Launch of the New Funding Module of the European Hub for Civic Engagement

What challenges do cultural practitioners face in the current situation and what is needed to tackle them? How can a digital platform aid civil society actors in connecting and finding resources?

The European Hub for Civic Engagement aims to strengthen civil society actors and their spaces for exchange and discussion, which are an important foundation of a vibrant democracy. The platform is developed by civil society actors across Europe for civil society actors across Europe and aims to promote their networking and empowerment.


As part of the Europe takes part! project, artists and cultural practitioners from Turkey to Belarus came together in workshops facilitated by our partner Alliance 4 Europe to develop a digital tool within the European Hub to support and encourage them in their daily challenges. As funding opportunities and the exchange about them were identified as the main problem, the developed solutions target this area. From now on, Hub users have access to a funding checklist to support work on project applications, a funding blackboard for networking within the community, and a customizable list of funding platforms.


Join us for our

Digital Launch of the New European Hub Funding Module

on 25 January, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am CET, online

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During the launch, the project leads from Das Progressive Zentrum and the Goethe-Institut will talk about the journey of Europe takes part!, from the start of the workshops to the finalisation of the funding module, and present the new functionalities of the European Hub for Civic Engagement that work for all civil society actors across Europe.


A subsequent discussion between artists in Europe and European politicians will look ahead: What are existing challenges that need to be solved? What are existing approaches and initiatives to find solutions? What are the obstacles to their implementation? And what role can national and European politics play in this? These questions will be discussed by artists Anastasia Lemberg-Lvova and Marco Terranova who are involved in the Europe takes part! project. From the political side, they will be joined by Member of the European Parliament Salima Yenbou.




Ana-Marija Cvitic will host the event. She is an interdisciplinary European scholar in the field of cultural and higher education policy. As Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the European culture portal Béton Bleu Magazine, she researches how the young art and culture scene in the new, (South) Eastern European member states positions itself. As Strategy Officer of the European University of Technology Alliance, she is developing the common European Higher Education sector together with seven research-intensive universities in Europe. She studied Law and Political Science at the University of Vienna and Sciences Po Paris.

Irmgard Maria Fellner entered the German Foreign Service in 1993. Prior to that, she worked for the chairman of the European Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly. Following postings in Bonn, London, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C., she headed the office of Karsten D. Voigt, Federal Government Coordinator of German-American Cooperation, from 2003 to 2007. She served as Advisor to French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner from 2007 to 2010 and subsequently coordinated multilateral relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. She was then appointed Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy to Italy. Since 2018 she has been serving as the Deputy Director-General for Culture and Communication at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Raphaela Hobbach is a Senior Project Manager at Das Progressive Zentrum, covering European democracy and international dialogue. She most recently worked as a Program Manager at Stifterverband, responsible for international affairs/EU. She previously worked as a Project Manager at the Goethe-Institut headquarters in Munich and as a Research Associate at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science at Ludwigs-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich. Raphaela studied political science in Hamburg, Paris and Munich, and graduated with a PhD in European politics from the LMU Munich in early 2020.

Katja Kessing is head of the „Visitors Programme“ of the Goethe-Institut which coordinates information tours and digital encounters for international experts and multipliers. Having studied and worked first in Berlin in the field of film, dance and theatre, she joined the Goethe-Institut in 2000. First, she worked in the cultural department at the head office in Munich and was then later involved in activities around the reopening of the Goethe-Institut in Afghanistan and the cultural season “Germany in Japan” 2004/2005. Later on, Katja was based in New Delhi, India for three years as head of cultural programmes for the region of South Asia. From 2010 to 2017, she was head of the Goethe-Institut in Bogotá, Colombia. Today, she lives and works in Berlin.

Anastasia Lemberg-Lvova is an artist and founder of De Structura, a multidimensional pan-European initiative that strives to create more opportunities for young people in the art sector. Originally from Moscow, Anastasia has received training in Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Estonia and is currently based in Finland. Her De Structura flagship project will gather 150 aspiring professionals in the fields of visual and performing arts. They will realise 25 cross-border projects and explore the institutional structures of the culture sector in Europe.

Based in Sicily, Italy, Marco Terranova designs and builds with wood and natural materials. Under the alias Senzastudio, he has been supporting urban regeneration and community building processes for ten years. He has been working from a Burkina Faso village till the Jardins des Tuileries in Paris. Together with Lemur, an international association based in Barcelona, he promotes methodologies to design and transform collective spaces starting from the human body and from kids. Recently he’s collaborating with the main Sicilian organizations that deal with regeneration and social innovation issues.

Originally from Aulnay-sous-Bois, Salima Yenbou was elected Member of the European Parliament in 2019. She is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), and its Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). She started her professional career as a teacher, then became a school principal and, until 2019, deputy headmaster of a vocational high school and teacher trainer. Her project of a multicultural, ecological, inclusive Europe, open to the world and protective of human rights and freedoms, is at the heart of her work in Brussels and Strasbourg.

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  • 10.00 am Welcome by Ana-Marija Cvitic (Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Béton Bleu Magazine)
  • 10:05 am Opening remarks by Irmgard Maria Fellner (Deputy-Director General for Culture and Communication German Foreign Office)
  • 10:10 am Introducing the Project „Europe takes part!“ and the New Funding Module with Dr. Raphaela Hobbach (Das Progressive Zentrum) and Katja Kessing (Goethe-Institut)
  • 10:25 am Looking Ahead: Challenges and Solutions of Cultural Practitioners in Europe with Anastasia Lemberg-Lvova (Artist and Founder of De Structura), Marco Terranova (Architect and carpenter) and Salima Yenbou (Member of the European Parliament)
  • 10:55 am Farewell by Ana-Marija Cvitic
  • 11:00 am Stay to try out the tool and ask your questions!



This event takes place in the context of Europe takes part!, a project by Das Progressive Zentrum in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. Europe takes part! aims to shed light on the role of arts and culture in Europe and to strengthen its actors through the use of digital tools. The European Hub for Civic Engagement is a collaborative initiative by Das Progressive Zentrum, Alliance 4 Europe and Citizens for Europe.


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