The Conscience of Europe

2013-2015

Miranda exhibition received its first EU funding in 2013 in the form of international project The Conscience of Europe 2013-2015 by Drom Association. The project represented the series of events, dedicated to building sustainable multicultural Europe. The project was funded by Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

The Conscience of Europe project consisted of three parts: an international minister-level conference of the same name held in 18-19 March 2014, the Finnish tour of the exhibition Miranda- The Roma Holocaust and the cabaret With the Seven String Guitar. The project and its events were produced under the direction of Drom’s chairman, author and Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar.
During the project and its Finnish touring destinations Miranda exhibition visited the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki 13 Sep 2013 – 23 Mar 2014. The exhibition was opened by Finland's Minister of Culture and Sports Paavo Arhinmäki, gathering the audience of 400 people.

"The National Museum of Finland has for the first time ever given an opportunity to a national minority, the Roma, to tell their own story with the focuses they themselves consider important."

– Helena Edgren, Director General

Results of the project

The Conscience of Europe represented a unique occasion, as European ministers and leading politicians had come to discuss multicultural policies and their reform to events hosted by a cultural actor with a minority background. The Conscience of Europe conference issued 24-item set of proposals for reforming European policies of multiculturalism.

The sustainable and fruitful interaction that was born with high-ranking Finnish and European decision-makers and academics in the project provided reassurance that it is possible to strive jointly in Europe towards true egalitarianism.

Veijo Baltzar's legislative proposals were sent to EU Commissioner Viviane Reding, who forwarded them to Walter Zampieri, head of the unit for culture policy and intercultural dialogue of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Zampieri noted that Baltzar's proposal bear a highly important and valuable message. He regarded them to be a most useful contribution to reflections currently under way within the European Commission on those issues. In his statement, referring to Veijo Baltzar's and Drom's activity, Zampieri writes:

"With regard to cultural policies, it is my strong belief that intercultural dialogue and cultural activity can be highly effective in building cohesive societies where everyone is respected, valued and where all can contribute fully. It can also be a powerful antidote to tensions that may arise in society as they allow for peaceful and creative self-expression and for exposure to other ways of life in non-antagonistic context."

Drom Association published a report which analyses the content and results of The Conscience of Europe conference (ntamo, in Finnish and English). The report is available at ntamo’s netstore.