EBD2021 Program

Welcome to European Bildung Day 2021

Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th

The theme this year:
Bildung, unlocking the spirit; how do we do it?

Join us for an online event with plenty of conversation and interaction. We hope that you would like to contribute with a presentation and/or a local event.

If you would like to host a local event for your local network on May 8th, please go to this local hosts’ page.

If you would like to make a presentation on May 9th or host one of the parallel sessions, please send us an email at network@europeanbildung.net

To participate, please do the following:

  1. join the network for free here: https://europeanbildung.net/membership-account/membership-levels/ (unless you are already a member)

  2. stay logged in and buy your early bird 29 € ticket (normal price: 49 €) here: https://europeanbildung.net/events/european-bildung-day-2021-tickets/

European Bildung Day 2021 Program

Saturday 13:00-15:00 CET

Bildung, unlocking the spirit; How do we do it?

Pan-European online conference on Zoom.

Welcome to the 3rd European Bildung Day. This time, we will focus on bildung best practices in and for the 21st Century.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers will take us on a journey through time and the development of bildung initiatives:

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Zak Stein, USA
Where to begin: Comenius

The 17th Century teacher who realized that education must be based on what the pupils already understand.

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Lene Rachel Andersen, DK
Bourgeoisie bildung vs. folk-bildung

How stubborn peasants changed Denmark by studying history, mythology and the arts in the 1800s.

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Gretchen Colon, USA
The Chautauqua Movement

Imagine a cross-over between Burning Man and a rural folk high school—in the US in 1874.

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Sturl Bjerkaker, NO
Study circles: the Norwegian way

Norwegians and Swedes have self-organized study circles since the early 1900s; get their secrets…

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Michiel Tolman, NL
De Bildung Academie, Amsterdam

University students found something important missing in their academic education and invented it themselves: a bildung academy!

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Vesa-Matti Lahti, FI
Bildung and sustainability i Finland

Sustainable well-being depends on foresight and bildung; welcome to Sitra, a think-and-do tank under the Finnish Parliament, and Sitra’s Bildung+ project.

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Elena Tochilina, UA
Start-up bildung in Ukraine

A folk high school and bildung movement of the 21st century is in the making…

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Nadjeschda Taranczewski

Nadja did an excellent job hosting European Bildung Day 2020, and we are thrilled that she will be joining us again.

Read more about the speakers and their presentations here:


Saturday 15:00-20:00 CET

Local events in your local language, IRL or digitally.

All events will be hosted by local bildung actors and must begin and end between 15:00-20:00, but they do not have to last 5 hours, of course.

If you would like to organise a local event for your local network Saturday afternoon, please read more here: https://europeanbildung.net/ebd2021-local-hosts-page/

Online Bildung Bar 20:00-22:00 CET

If you can’t party locally due to the corona, join us online…

Grab your favorite beverage and snacks and hang out with cool bildung people from all over the continent. The bar is also open for bildung people from the rest of the globe as well. We’ll make sure there will be several language options.

Sunday 10:00-12:00 CET

Good morning Europe!

Pan-European conference on Zoom.

Good morning, presentations from our local bildung event hosts, The European Bildung Manifesto, break-out discussions and more…

12:00 – 12:45 Break

Bio break and lunch – we encourage everybody to go out and get some fresh air.

Sunday 12:45 – 13:45

Parallel Sessions: European Bildung — How do we do it together?

Inspiration from the US
Bildung as Counter Culture
Bildung in Higher Education
Unlocking Bildung with Beauty

13:45-13:55 Break

Sunday 13:55 – 15:10

Bildung Workshops — Try it yourself!

15:10 – 15:20 Break

Bio break.

Sunday 15:20 – 16:00

Bildung — Next steps

Presentation of ideas and The European Bildung Manifesto; How do we move on from here?

Plus: We have a surprise for you…

Sunday 16:00 Goodbye for now

Get five friends or colleagues to sign up and get a free book:

Bildung: Keep Growing

By Lene Rachel Andersen

When your friends/colleagues have signed up, you send us an email and we’ll send you the book.

Local Events Saturday May 8th 15:00-20:00 CET

April 29, Eindhoven, online

Bildung, the future of education

Due to a Dutch holiday on May 8th, this local event will be one week early.

May 7, Helsinki, online

Tulevaisuuden sivistyksen taimia – miten me niitä kasvatamme?

15:00 CET — Yerevan, online

The prospect of developing folk high schools in Armenia.

16:00-19:00 Kyiv, online

Більдунг в Україні: Започаткування

Як досягти розквіту суспільства і країни через освітні (просвітні) соціальні інновації

15:00-16:00 Oslo online

Fra folkeopplysning via dannelse til bildung – er bildung folkeopplysningens 3.0?

15:00-17:00 Sondrup, live

Hvad er dannelse? Sønderjysk kaffebord.

16:00-17:30 Copenhagen open air

Bildung Conversation and rosé wine on our roof top terrace. The event will be in both Danish and English.

16:00-17:30 København open air

Samtale, dannelse og rosévin på tagterrassen.

16:00-17:30 Søttrup, live

Den menneskelige bevidsthed, fælles samtalemenu

16:00-18:00 Stockholm, live streaming

“Fisksätra Tätast i Nacka” – Kan teknologi förena generationer lokalt?

16:00-19:00 Zürich, online or live

How does Bildung become aware of itself?

More local events will appear here as the local organizers send us their event info…

Would you like to be one of the local hosts?

Time: Saturday May 8th 15:00-20:00 CET

The event can be physical or online depending on the local Corona situation.

Please read more here: https://europeanbildung.net/ebd2021-local-hosts-page/

Hosts and conference organizers

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We are looking very much forward to seeing you for the third European Bildung day. This year we will focus on best practices for bildung and the event will be a combination of a Pan-European Zoom conference like last year and local events.