The New European Bauhaus Festival

Brussels & beyond
09 Jun 2022

The New European Bauhaus Festival, happening 9 to 12 June, brings together people from all walks of life to debate and shape our future. A future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful. It is a great opportunity to network, exchange and celebrate—from science to art, from design to politics, from architecture to technology.

EIT Climate-KIC and the EIT Community have been collaborating with the New European Bauhaus. The winners of the EIT Community Booster – Scaling Up New European Bauhaus Ventures were recently announced. As well as the winners of the New European Bauhaus Ideathon Awards

This first edition of The Festival will consist of exhibitions, artistic performances, conferences, seminars and other gatherings combining a ‘live’ onsite event and a ‘virtual’ online component. 

The Festival has three components: FORUM, FAIR and FEST.



The FORUM is the space for bold ideas about our future. This inspiring high-level conference will span three days of innovative participatory formats, from round table discussions to TedX-style talks. Expect conversations between leading original thinkers from the worlds of policy, the arts, design, and industry on how the NEB can change Europe’s society and economy for the better. Tune in online or attend in person at the Gare Maritime.



Come visit the FAIR! It is the perfect opportunity to get to know the diversity of activities under the NEB umbrella: local citizen labs, pioneering research, innovative prototypes and proposals on how to make our lives easier, more sustainable and more beautiful. A fixed exhibition will take place at the Gare Maritime, and a mobile one will travel through the city centre on e-bikes and electric tuk-tuks to the sound of a live DJ set.



The FEST on Mont des Arts is an invitation to delve into the universe of artists and creative thinkers from all over Europe. Get ready for four days of art installations, meetings with designers, interactive workshops, concerts, talks,
circus acts, dance and guided tours. This four-day celebration has something in store for everyone, including a programme of child-friendly activities on the weekend of 11 and 12 June.


Highlighted sessions – 9 June

  • Location: CIVA Brussels, Rue de l’Ermitage 55, 1050 Bruxelles
  • Time: 13:00 to 17:00
  • Actionable Futures COST Connect x New European Bauhaus

This COST Connect event will bring together a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from COST Action researchers and innovators, to policymakers and well-known experts. The event offers a multidisciplinary platform to discuss challenges and opportunities ahead, contributing to the debates on European level. On the first day of the event (9 June), a selected group of key-note speakers, experts and policy- makers will introduce the topic.

13:00-13:15 Introduction and welcome
Nikolaus Hirsch, Artistic Director CIVA
Ronald de Bruin, Director COST Association

13:15-14:00 Keynote Addresses
Annela Anger-Kraavi, UN Climate Change, WMO
Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Triennale Milano

14:00-15:00 Setting the Scene
Laura Hetel, Policy Officer, Cities Mission, European Commission
Bernd Fesel, European Creative Business Network (ECBN)
Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of EIT Climate KIC

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-16:30 Perspectives from COST Actions

Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Regenerative Architecture, KU Leuven


  • Location: GARE MARITIME
  • Time: 11.45 to 12.45 
  • INTERVIEW: Beautiful. Sustainable. Together. What on Earth is this ’NEB’?

This session dives into the background and achievements of the New European Bauhaus initiative from two complementary perspectives. Commissioner Gabriel,
co-lead of the NEB initiative, describes the project’s ambitions and first outputs, while Commissioner Hahn explains how the European Commission intends to
“walk the talk” with its own building policy.

Moderator: Dr. José Pedro Sousa, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal

• Prof. Teresa Calix, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal
• Vesna Caminades, Foreign Affairs Officer, Autonome Provinz Bozen Südtirol, Belgium
Moderator: Michela Magas, Member of President von der Leyen’s High-Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, European Commission
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission
• Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, European Commission


  • Time: 13.00 to 14.00
  • DIALOGUE: Official opening of the New European Bauhaus Festival:
    From local to global and back again

Can New European Bauhaus values – beautiful, sustainable, together – resonate around the world? How can regions learn from each other? What role can architecture play in the global green transition? Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and 2022 Pritzker Prize winner Diébédo Francis Kéré discuss what it means
for sustainable solutions to be beautiful and inclusive, wherever they are applied.

Moderator: Maria Tadeo, Europe reporter, Bloomberg Television, Brussels

• Francis Kéré, Architect, Founder of Kéré Architecture, Germany (remotely)
• Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission (remotely)


Highlighted sessions – 11 June

  • Location: GARE MARITIME
  • Time: 15.00 to 16.00
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Thinking beyond borders: How can the New European Bauhaus contribute to a just and equitable global transition?

We are in a climate emergency. The European Union is implementing the European Green Deal as a new growth strategy that respects the planet. In this session,
we explore what role the New European Bauhaus can play on the global level to help fight climate change while protecting the planet’s most vulnerable people.

Moderator: Maria Tadeo, Europe reporter, Bloomberg Television, Brussels

Sandrine Dixson, President, Club of Rome, Belgium, Board Member, EIT Climate-KIC
• Neil Khor, Chief of Staff, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, United Nations
• Dominika Lasota, Climate and Social Justice Activist; Coordinator, Fridays for Future, Poland (remotely)
• Sheela Patel, Founder and Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), India
• Robert Piaskowski, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor for culture, City of Krakow, Poland


  • Location: GARE MARITIME
  • Time: 17.00 to 19.00
  • CEREMONY AND CLOSING REMARKS: New European Bauhaus Prizes Award Ceremony

Master of Ceremony: Ruth Reichstein, Advisory Board to the President, Green Deal & New European Bauhaus, I.D.E.A.

• Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, European Commission
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission (remotely)
• Alexandra Mitsotaki, President and co-Founder, World Human Forum, France
• Helle Soholt, Founding Partner and CEO, Gehl, Denmark
Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission


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