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Highlighting Europe

In its municipal work, the City of Bonn also places a focus on European affairs. In order to strengthen the trust of citizens in Europe, the city offers information, discussion and encounters with European political actors, making Europe a tangible experience for all.

In Bonn and throughout the continent, the month of May is all about Europe. In addition to different activities staged by local associations and schools, the City of Bonn will host two main events under the European flag, including the Day of Europe featuring ‘Stories of Europe’ along with a colorful hands-on program for everyone.

Bonn´s Day of Europe

On Tuesday, 3 May 2022, the City of Bonn again invites to the semi-annual event entitled ‘Europe in the Town Hall’. Starting at 6 pm, Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther, Director and Member of the Executive Board of the German Economic Institute, will give a lecture on climate adaptation and the debate on energy prices, followed by a Q&A session in Bonn’s Old Town Hall. The event is again organized in cooperation with the Adult Education Center Bonn. 

On Saturday, 7 May 2022, the City of Bonn will celebrate its annual Day of Europe in the Old Town Hall and on Market Square in the city center. This year’s motto is ‘Stories of Europe’. From 11 am to 4 pm, a wide range of local associations and organizations invite visitors to join in and find out about the manifold activities and initiatives to encourage and strengthen the European friendship that are being organized in and from Bonn. 

At 12 o’clock, Bonn’s Mayor Katja Dörner and Patrick Lobis, Director of the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Bonn, will inaugurate the event. A varied program will be presented on a central stage on Market Square throughout the day. Children are invited to experience Europe in a playful way by climbing a pyramid, have their face painted and join in on a number of activities. 

In the last two years, the colorful festival had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the terrible war in Ukraine will certainly cast a shadow over the event, which will also play a role in the program, the speeches, conversations and stage acts. 

By hosting these colorful events under the European flag, the organizers will demonstrate that, in times like these, it is all the more important for Europeans to stand together, speak up for peace, freedom and human rights, and to show solidarity with Ukraine.