Of 1er January to June 30, 2022, France takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, with a programme defined around three ambitions: a more sovereign Europe, a new European model of growth and a human Europe, proud of its culture, confident in science and knowledge.

This French Presidency is accompanied by an ambitious, multidisciplinary cultural programme, highlighting the diversity and richness of European culture. More than a hundred events - music and theatre shows, exhibitions and presentations of heritage, symposia - will be held during these six months throughout Europe.

This cultural programme will be launched in Brussels on 10 January by Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture and Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs. It will open with the show MöbiuXY and choreographer Rachid Ouramdane.

Among its great highlights, the events Eurofabrique, initiated by the National Museums Meeting – Grand Palais, ODE (Orchestra Demos Europe) led by the Philharmonie de Paris or European crossings by the Fetart Collective, will propose in turn a reflection on the future of Europe, a concert by young European musicians and an exhibition highlighting European photographers on the gates of the Luxembourg garden.

DJ Michael Canitrot will mix with other European DJs during the Monumental Tour – Special Europe, which mixes electronic music and heritage discovery; the Micro-follies, a device worn by the Grande Halle de la Villette, will integrate a European collection and continue their deployment in the Member States of the European Union; Olivier Guez will bring together 27 authors from all the Member States of the European Union for a collective work The Grand Tour, portrait of Europe on the 21ste century ; and the debate of ideas will be highlighted with the 7th edition of the European Night of Ideas and event Café Europa 2022 on press freedom, organized by the French Institute in all 27 countries of the European Union.

2022 will be a year dedicated to youth. Part of the programming is for youth. This is particularly the case for Dance to Europe!, which offers, through an application, an innovative artistic experience, interactive and open to all, on a choreographic creation by Angelin Preljocaj and a music by Jeanne Added.

Finally, in Brussels, the project The Star of Europe coordinated by set designer Adeline Rispal will be deployed in the buildings of the Council of the European Union. School outings, an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Bozar), dedicated to emerging French artists living in Belgium, will complete this program dedicated to visual arts, design and French architecture.