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CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE GERMAN NATIONAL LIBRARY COMMEMORATING GERMANY’S PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EU
In the second half of 2020, Germany took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from Croatia. For six months, the federal government chaired the Council's meetings, represented it in other EU organs and negotiated economic policy initiatives with European partners. As the memory of the nation, the German National Library was keen to emphasise the importance of Europe for our country, both in our past and for our future. This is why we accompanied Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU with a wide range of events. After all, the European Union is much more than just politics and economics. Culture is not only an important economic factor but also a vital part of our lives. Particularly in the current situation, in which limits are being imposed to prevent the spread of infection, the importance of culture is becoming abundantly and also quite painfully clear. When theatres, cinemas, museums, archives and libraries close their doors, people find they are missing a vital part of their lives and an important means of identification.
It is therefore logical, even self-evident, that culture, and with it the German National Library as one of the most important cultural heritage institutions, engaged with the topic of Europe in its own activities and events commemorating Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU.
HOUSE OF EUROPE
Europe at the German National Library? On the occasion of Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, we had set out on a treasure hunt – and were rewarded with rich booty: 183 stories in pictures, one for each day of the six-month presidency.
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READING EUROPE
15 Actors read texts about Europe in the unusual atmosphere of deserted reading rooms at the German National Library in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main.
Join us on our literary journey to Europe!
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Photo: Dirk Böing
“TRANSLATIONS – FROM BABYLON TO DEEPL. THE EUROPE OF LANGUAGES”
Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing, 4 November 2020 to 13 June 2021
In no other part of the world are as many translations brought to market as in Europe. The unique diversity of languages makes translation an important tool for cultural transfer. To mark Germany’s presidency of the Council of the EU, the showcase exhibition will focus on this lively linguistic cultural transfer. It ranges from the myth of the Tower of Babel through to the promises of machine translation.
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Layout: Grafisch
CONFERENCES
During Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, there were three conferences which have now been moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic: “Rethinking Culture and Science - Opportunities, Risks and Developments of the Digital Revolution in Europe” on 7 October 2020, “Beethoven 2020/2030: Music in the Digital Present and Future” on 22 October 2020, and “Translating Europe – Translation in Times of Digital Revolution” on 4 November 2020.
Rethinking Culture and Science
Beethoven 2020/2030
Translating Europe
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