Each summer, we hold the European Cultural Days. Every year the month-long event showcases a different European country, region, or city and the people who live there. A small thematic exhibition is accompanied by a rich events programme. The festival lasts for roughly four weeks and is organized by the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in collaboration with various institutions across the continent, including European cultural institutions, societies, communities, and/or the embassies that represent them in Berlin, as well as partner museums in the relevant countries.
The series has so far featured Samian, Polish, Venetian, Tatarian, Estonian, Croatian, Romanian, Sardinian, Apulian, Slovakian, Georgian, Smålandian, Armeninan and Frisian Cultural Days as well as the European Cultural Days: Thessaloniki | Facets of a City. For the 20th anniversary of MEK in 2019, the focus was on a transcultural theme for the first time: Europe à la carte: Connected by Food’. The 17th European Cultural Days in 2021 will focus on the Spanish region of Murcia.
This event is an opportunity for us to enhance our contacts with cooperation partners in Europe, while simultaneously offering our visitors the chance to encounter other ways of life on the continent. At the same time, it is our express aim to reach out to people of non-German origin so they can discover the museum for the first time and enjoy familiar aspects of life from their home countries. By doing so, we aim to help foster a positive sense of self in those people and ease their integration in Germany.