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#SOU4YOU - Bringing the State of the Union Closer to Citizens
For the first time in its history, this year’s edition of The State of the Union will host an “event within the event” co-funded by the European Parliament: #SOU4YOU – Bringing the State of the Union Closer to Citizens, to honor Europe Day, held every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.
A spectacular show organised by the European University Institute (EUI) with music, theatre and debate will be held on 8th of May 2021 on the ancient steps and stage of the Roman Theatre, in the charming setting of the Archaeological Area of Fiesole.
This not-for profit in-person gathering will be organised in full compliance with COVID-19 security protocol, thanks to the vast area offered by the Comune di Fiesole. An audience of registered people – young people, students, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and representatives of minority groups – will directly engage with the programme. In parallel, thousands of citizens will have the possibility of taking part to this exiting experience through the live stream.
#SOU4YOU aims to broaden the outreach of a programme whose usual audience is academia and policymakers by making it accessible to young people (aged 15-29) and other citizens, who are often excluded from the policymaking process. The spirit guiding the event is a strong civil society engagement and a promotion of participation in the democratic and decision-making process – in particular with reference to European institutions.
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Event reportFULL REPORT: https://stateoftheunion.eui.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2021/06/sou4you-report.pdf ALL SESSIONS: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLclPZHocZuEFQ-AiTWjeNoCFHYLwXUh9 On 8 May 2021 The State of the Union hosted the first edition of its youth and civil society event gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/110/SOU4YOU – Bringing the State of the Union Closer to Citizens. This spectacular show of music, theatre and debate spanning the afternoon and evening was held on the third and final day of gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/109/SOU2021. As one of the first in-person events in Tuscany following COVID-19 restrictions, it contributed to the opening of the summer season of culture and set a precedent of inclusion for events to come. gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/110/SOU4YOU took place outside on the ancient steps and stage of the Roman Theatre in the charming setting of the Archaeological Area of Fiesole in full compliance with COVID-19 security protocol. Co-funded by a European Parliament DG COMM engagement grant, the event involved civil society and young people in discussion on pertinent political topics and inspired them to act as protagonists within the European democratic process. Over 450 young people, students, representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and minority groups attended the event in Fiesole while the SOU homepage where the event was live streamed received over 2900 views. gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/110/SOU4YOU’s objective was to broaden the outreach of The State of the Union whose usual audience is composed of academics and policymakers. It did this by engaging young people aged 15-29 and civil society actors who are often excluded from the policymaking process. This was achieved by bringing them into close contact with over 40 speakers, including representatives from European and local institutions, influencers and activists, 20 musicians’ and 15 actors all of whom took to the stage to enter into dialogue with the audience. Climate, Gender Equality, Artificial Intelligence, Public Health and Integration, several of the central topics of gid://decidim-dife/Decidim::Hashtag/109/SOU2021 “Europe in a Changing World,” were debated on stage from an array of perspectives and among the audience. Other sessions celebrated inclusion and diversity through music, talks, interviews, quizzes, and award ceremonies. In the final session of the day “Time to retreat?” a company of EUI actors explored the role of Europe and its values through a tragicomedy on Europe today and its role in the world. The success of the not-for profit event was the result of the collaboration between the EUI, the European Parliament and European Commission in Italy, Comune di Fiesole e di Firenze and PRG (Public Relations Group).
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