European Cultural Days: How Food Ties Cultures?

Food has an important influence on politics and cultural interaction

April 17th, 2019
Martta Tenhu, News from Berlin
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The physical and social mobility of people within Europe and to Europe sets off a chain of cultural interactions and intermingling that may rise to the development of global cultures.

Sharing a meal can help people transcend boundaries in a way that nothing else can. At the same time, it is an important form of cultural heritage and identity. Each summer the European Cultural Days event showcases a different European country, a region or city and the people who live there. This event is an opportunity to enhance contacts with cooperation partners in Europe. The theme for the 2019 European Cultural Days will be ‘Europe la carte: Connected by Food’.

European Cultural Days 2019 will present a permanent exhibition Cultural Contacts. Living in Europe. The exhibition program and special events will explore transregional and international influences on the culinary arts. Nowadays, culinary migration is an important part of cultural interaction. During times of great mobility, we assimilate ever more regional, international, transnational and transcontinental influences. However, diets have changed significantly in recent decades.

With the inclusion of as many cooperation partners from previous Cultural Days as possible, as well as other European institutions, museums and embassies, the cultural practices of “Eating and Drinking” in Europe are to be turned into a sensory experience. Cultural Contacts. Living in Europe exhibition can be seen in Museum of European Cultures in Berlin.


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