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 Klassik Stiftung Weimar to host major digital conference “Weimar Ideas Lab” for the #NewEuropeanBauhaus in May 

In cooperation with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar is hosting a large-scale digital conference entitled the “Weimar Ideas Lab” on 9 and 13–14 May 2021. In conjunction with the #NewEuropeanBauhaus, with which the EU Commission aims to inspire a pan-European environmental movement, the multi-format conference will address the key question posed by the early Bauhaus: “How do we want to live?”. The live-streamed, full-day event on Europe Day (9 May), and two days of digital workshops will generate impulses for the future, facilitate network-building and forge bridges between culture and science, art and technology, history and the future. In addition to invited experts from the fields of the natural sciences and humanities, the Ideas Lab is explicitly targeted at a broad and diverse audience. Students, architects, designers, representatives from the construction sector, developers of innovative technologies, potential applicants to the New European Bauhaus, and anyone interested in the Bauhaus and culture are cordially invited to participate in the spirit of awakening inspired by the early Bauhaus.

On Sunday, 9 May, the Weimar Ideas Lab will commence with a live-streamed, full-day event featuring numerous distinguished contributors, including EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and leading figures from the fields of science and culture, e.g. climate researcher Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and sociologist Armin Nassehi. The event will provide an overview of the programme’s thematic fields, key issues and contributing projects. On Thursday and Friday, 13 and 14 May, participants of the Ideas Lab will have the opportunity to collaborate in two days of workshops. The virtual multi-format conference will offer experts and interested laypersons of all ages and disciplines a chance to become acquainted with concrete environmental, scientific, social and cultural projects and contribute to their further development. The multifaceted, inspiring programme is offered in cooperation with partner institutions, theme-based sponsors, and leading lights from the areas of art and culture, science and civil society. The event app will serve as the central platform of the Weimar Ideas Lab. At the same time, a “Gallery of Ideas” will offer participants of existing and new projects a forum of exchange and bring them together to contribute to a European environmental movement. In the virtual project workshop, participants can continue their collaboration together. Starting this week, those who are interested in attending the Weimar Ideas Lab or presenting their own projects can register online via www.ideenlabor-weimar.de.

Following the invitation by the European Union, the Weimar Ideas Lab sees itself as a substantial contributor to the “Conversations” series in a growing network of #NewEuropeanBauhaus partners.
The aim is to re-envision the world instead of only trying to optimise it. The path to achieving the environmental transformation of society and public perception is a cultural one. The Weimar Ideas Lab is one step of many on this journey into the future.

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar is hosting the Weimar Ideas Lab in cooperation with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture. The digital conference is made possible in cooperation with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the IBA Thuringia, The Bauhaus Cooperation and the campaign “Germany – Land of Ideas”. It is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Free State of Thuringia, the STIFT Foundation Thuringia, and the Jena-Thuringian Climate Protection Foundation.

The conference will be held in German.