European Bildung Day 2021

Welcome to European Bildung Day 2021

Bildung, Unlocking the Spirit; how do we do it?

You can now watch video from the European Bildung Day, May 8-9, 2021; more videos from the main conference and photos from local events are coming up…


Saturday 13:00-15:00 CET Main Conference


Welcome by Lene Rachel Andersen and conference host Nadja Taranczewski

Better Bildung, Better Future.

A bildung manifesto for Europe

Introduction by Niklas Limacher.

Bildung Through Time: A Historical Journey

Zak Stein, USA — Where to begin: Comenius
Lene Rachel Andersen, DK — Bourgeoisie bildung vs. folk-bildung
Gretchen Colon, USA — The Chautauqua Movement
Sturla Bjerkaker, NO — Study circles: the Norwegian way
Michiel Tolman, NL — De Bildung Academie, Amsterdam
Vesa-Matti Lahti, FI — Bildung and sustainability i Finland
Elena Tochilina, UA — Start-up bildung in Ukraine

Read more about the speakers and their presentations here:

Saturday 15:00-20:00 CET Local Events

Update from the local event in Yerevan

Update from the local event in Ukraine

The local event in Stockholm

The original intro here:

Saturday 20:00-22:00 CET Bildung Bar

Bring your favourite beverage and have a fun evening!

The European Bildung Day organizers will say a few words and toast for Europe at 20:30 CET (we promise that it won’t take long!)

The biggest and corona saftest bar in the world; have fun!

Sunday 10:00-16:00 CET European Bildung Day

10:00-12:00 Morning Plenary Session

Feel like having a cup of coffee with your bildung colleagues before the official program begins? Just click, log in, and join…

Good morning, presentations from the local bildung events, co-creation workshop on The European Bildung Manifesto, break-out discussions and more…

12:00-12:45 Lunch Break

This will be a horribly early lunch for the Spanish, but the Norwegians will be starving by now…

12:45-13:45 Parallel Sessions

Reed Shafer-Ray, Lead4America, and Gretchen Colon, Chautauqua.

Garry Nicholson, Ginie Servant, and Uwe Gartenschläger.

Kees Spijker, Matthes Lindner & Judith Bodenstein, Falling Walls, Ward van der Meiden & Marius de Vries.

Jonathan Rowson, Pippa Evans, and Mark Vernon, Perspectiva, co-organisers of The Realisation Festival.

Introductions to all parallel sessions and speakers here:

The presentations in the sessions may be recorded; if you do not wish to appear in the recording, please turn off your camera or contact us.

13:45-13:55 Bio Break

13:55-15:10 Parallel Workshops & Sessions

15:20-16:00 Concluding Plenary Session

The Global Bildung Manifesto was finalized by the participants at the European Bildung Day on May 9th, 2021, and uploaded for signatures as the conclusion of the conference.

Niklas Limacher led the process and here reads the full manifesto.

You can find the Global Bildung Manifesto and sign it here:

Hosts and conference organizers

European Bildung Day 2021
European Bildung Day 2021
European Bildung Day 2021
European Bildung Day 2021

We would like to thank all participants and contributors for unlocking the spirit at the European Bildung Day 2021.This was meaningful and great fun!

Not least, thank you for making the European Bildung Manifesto a Global Bildung Manifesto.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.