Sweating for Europe
  • Sweating for Europe
Sweating for Europe
24-26 April 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Dida Zende

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Sweating for Europe is a series of discussions on the most burning topics, bringing MEPs and citizens together in a unique context in front of the European Parliament building. The three-day event series takes place around an old fire truck that has been transformed into a movable wood burning sauna.

The background for the project is the need to break traditional borders of closed doors and hierarchical systems. On 24-25 April, Sweating for Europe invites MEPs into the sauna amongst the timeliest topics. In the after-heat of the sauna session, the MEPs and citizens face each other in a moderated panel discussion hosted by Parlamentarium, the European Parliament Visitors’ Centre. Both evenings end with an open-for-all sauna and cultural programme, with bands from different parts of Europe tuning the atmosphere. On Wednesday 26 April, the sauna travels to BOZAR in the centre of Brussels, and invites local people to continue the discussion. On Thursday 27 April, Bruzz Media interviews a number of influential characters of Brussels, live from the sauna.

 

Programme:

24-25 April 2017

18:30 Welcoming drink & live music, Parlamentarium

19:00-20:00 MEP Panel discussion hosted by Parlamentarium.

20:00-21:30 Open-for-all sauna, Finnish wild food and live music, Parlamentarium & Place du Luxembourg

Detailed schedule for panel discussion:

Monday 24 April
18:30-19:00 Welcoming drink & Music performance by Tatu Rönkkö
19-20:00 Panel discussion moderated by Mikko Fritze, with MEPS:
Lucy Anderson, UK (S&D)
Hannu Takkula, Finland (ALDE)
Merja Kyllönen, Finland (GUE/NGL)
Heidi Hautala, Finland (Verts/ALE)
20:30-21:00 Music performance by Jenő Balazs et son Orchestre tzigane

Tuesday 25 April
18:30-19:00 Welcoming drink & Music performance by Tatu Rönkkö
19-20:00 Panel discussion moderated by Katja Kullmann, with MEPS:
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finland (EPP)
Jo Leinen, Germany (S&D)
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Finland (S&D)
Pavel Telička, Czech Republic (ALDE)
Ivan Jakovčić, Croatia (ALDE)
20:00-21:30 Music performance by Andreia Rio Fado trio 

Free entry. Registration is open now.

26 April 2017

From 17:30 Open-for-all sauna in front of BOZAR

Free entry

The FIREFIT sauna was created by artist Dida Zende, handcrafted during the Helsinki Design Capital year 2012, at the initiative of Goethe-Institut Finnland. Sweating for Europe is realised by the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Goethe-Institut Brüssel, and Alliance Française de Bruxelles-Europe, in collaboration with EUNIC Brussels, Instituto Camões, the Finnish Sauna Society, BOZAR, and Visit.Brussels. The project is part of the official programme of the Finland 100 anniversary programme.

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Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
Boomstraat 14/3
1000 Brussels
Belgium

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