THEMES

The debates, talks, hearings and workshops that you will find at the Political Festival of Europe 2022 are shaped by seven themes. The themes have been carefully selected according to European political agenda and their global importance.

The themes will also divide Mariager town into seven zones in which you will find partners, tents and events relevant to each theme. This way, those interested in a specific topic, will be able to explore all of its facets within one given area. A map depicting the different zones of the Festival will be shared in due time. In the meantime, please explore our programme.

Each theme and their respective sub-themes will be explored in detail at the festival and will work as starting points for the debates, talks, hearings and workshops.

Please scroll further below to explore the sub-themes that you can find addressed at the Festival this summer.

Business

Globalisation and interdependency are here to stay. In light of this, Political Festival of Europe sets the frame for debates on trade, standards, legislation and taxation as well as trade barriers and how they are instruments of incentivisation and exclusion. Business topics include the following:

  • Tax
  • Food
  • Brexit
  • Finance
  • Transport
  • Free trade
  • Labour market
  • Agriculture & Fisheries

Climate

Climate will be a key topic to be discussed at the Festival, as the climate crisis poses a threat to our global security. The subthemes include:

  • Energy
  • Climate
  • Environment
  • Sustainability

Culture

As a continent, culture is and has been a key element, where wars have been fought over differences. Political Festival of Europe aims to break down barriers to create a place cultural differences are celebrated and embraced through the Festival’s cultural programme. The sub-themes include:

  • Music
  • Sport
  • Folklore
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gastronomy

Foreign Policy

Security is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, as Europe has a checkered history of conflict and division. Foreign policy raises important questions on inequality, migration, culture, security – come, listen and join the debate on the following sub-themes:

  • Military
  • Borders
  • Migration
  • Security and Defence

Democracy

Forming a solid basis through the rule of law, Political Festival of Europe dares to debate and discuss topics, which may be controversial and not universally accepted. These topics include:

  • Minorities
  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Equal rights
  • Freedom of expression

Health

Health has been an unavoidable topic in all of our lives since start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, societal changes in Europe are bringing multiple health topics to the surface. Under health, you will find events that tackle:

  • Health
  • Welfare
  • Pandemics

Technology

The future of technology has never been more important and the localisation within Europe has had renewed focus. The EU has set the agenda with the global GDPR rights for its citizens and Political Festival of Europe sets the stage of where we are going next on digital rights and of Europe’s role in the global tech world. Here, we will discuss:

  • Tech
  • Research
  • Education
  • Digital rights