Culture is the creative foundation of each modern society. Its multiple expressions – music, fine arts, architecture, literature, theater, film – create the basis for the own search for identity and for the mutual dialogue between people, nations and continents. Without its genuine and original culture any society or state is rootless and lacks stability and orientation. This is the reason why SLAVONIC EUROPE emphasizes the importance and power of culture as the deepest roots of people and the very expression of creativity and innovation.
CONCEPTION AND AMBITION
The conception and ambition of SLAVONIC EUROPE is a holistic one – emphasising the Slavonic contemporaneity of Mind & Emotion – putting its notion of culture in a broad context: CULTURE is understood as the unity of ARTS, DEMOCRACY, EDUCATION & ECONOMY. ARTS release creativity as a condition for the evolution of human kind, DEMOCRACY endows it with liberty needed by each artist to be able to unlock his unconditioned potential, EDUCATION gives the framework for acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge and ECONOMY provides the required means for the realisation of the aforementioned sectorial goals.
While open to all Slavs around the globe representing their common home and shelter, the name SLAVONIC EUROPE, consciously chosen by its founders, points towards the very cultural origins of all Slavs, both in the sense of their SLAVONIC literacy going back to Cyril and Methodius, where a common cultural basis has been set out for all Slavs, as well as of their geographic homeland, which lies in EUROPE, both notions representing their common link wherever they might live and be located in the world.
BRIDGING EAST AND WEST
The search for consciousness of a common Slavonic identity among the Slavs being one of the priority objectives of the SLAVONIC EUROPE undertaking, its other principal motion is to reach out to the non-Slavonic world and enter into a cultural dialogue, which should raise awareness about the richness and diversity of the Slavonic culture on the one hand and contribute at the same time to build a bridge between East and West – in Europe and even between the continents.
This kind of cultural exchange is more important today as it might have ever been before – in particular in Brussels, which seems to be the ideal location for such an undertaking given its importance as the place of the European institutions and an international geostrategic crossroads.
SLAVONIC EUROPE, in its function as the International Network for Slavonic Cooperation, claims this pivotal intermediary role: It wants to put people together from East and West around the essential, wide, deep and manifold topic of CULTURE, which comprises ARTS, DEMOCRACY, EDUCATION & ECONOMY and is the starting and the never-ending point of human creativity. Via its future headquarters, the fully integrated SLAVONIC HOUSE in Brussels, as well as its various programmes, projects and initiatives, SLAVONIC EUROPE will begin and carry out this long-overdue journey of connecting people and building bridges between the Slavs and the whole of Europe and the world.