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9 May 2021: a day to celebrate Europe!

Europe Day has been marked on 9 May since 1985 to commemorate the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, considered the cornerstone of the European project. On this occasion, the Institut français is highlighting European players from very different backgrounds!

Updated on 09/05/2022

2 min

Gitte Zschoch

Director of the EUNIC network (European Union National Institutes for Culture) since 2018, Gitte Zschoch was re-elected to this position at the end of 2020 for two more years. In her interview with the Institut français, she talks about European cultural policy, the role of the EUNIC network, and the projects it supports.

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Caroline Gillet

Since 2018, journalist and reporter Caroline Gillet presents the show "Foule continentale" on France Inter. The show, dedicated to the European Youth, began while we were heading into the European elections of 2019. It also explains the European institutions. In this interview, Caroline Gillet also speaks about her other projects, such as Radio Live or the documentary Les mères intérieures (Inner mothers)

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Portfolio : “European films in the spotlight”

In 2019, the European Film festival provided for 30 recent European films to be screened in festivals all over the world. The European Film festival catalogue was expanded by ten new feature-length films in 2021; explore some of these European films in pictures below.

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A project launched by journalist Tina Meyer with Yoann Le Gruiec, Punkovino is a web series featuring profiles of French, Georgian, Belgian, and Italian winemakers. This European tour features colourful characters who produce natural wines, running counter to the sector’s industrialisation. The very well paced episodes always end with some music: the wine is tasted by a musician or band who then reinterpret it through music.

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Punkovino (épisode 9/10) - Du pinard à Volvic



Timothée Demeillers

After studying political science in Lille and Prague, Timothée Demeillers became a tour guide and went on long trips in Eastern Europe. He has also lived in Paris and London but it was his fascination with Eastern Europe that brought him on a one-month journey to Croatia and Serbia in 2018 as groundwork for his third novel, Demain la brume, published in September 2020.

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Mylène Benoit

French choreographer Mylène Benoît and German puppeteer Julika Mayer created Georges in 2018. This Franco-German piece gave rise to a participatory project in Slovenia, Moving through time, with children from a primary school and elderly people from a retirement home. A rich experience across European borders which Mylène Benoit discusses in this interview.

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Marc Lazar

Historian and sociologist Marc Lazar spoke in Prague in 2019 as part of the “1989-2019, les passages de l’Europe” cycle organised for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. On this occasion, the Institut français interviewed Marc Lazar about European current affairs.

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Lola Gruber

Lola Gruber went to Eastern Europe in 2020 to write her third novel, Bord de Danube. She talks about her journey tracing her family roots during the health crisis, through Hungary, Czechia, and Slovakia.

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The Institut français

The Institut français is the public institution responsible for the international cultural actions of France, under the supervision of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.


It has numerous offerings, with various European partners, to support the mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Europe (i-portunus), promote film education across the continent (European Film Factory), foster the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the economic inclusion of young people in nine countries in North Africa and the Middle East (Safir, supported by the European Union) and encourage Franco-German cultural cooperation abroad (Franco-German cultural fund).

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