Berlin, 02 September 2021 – In view of the Corona pandemic, climate change and other global challenges, understanding the work of supranational institutions such as the European Union is more important than ever. Against this backdrop, the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) in cooperation with EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is publishing an updated and revised edition of the simulation game Giving Europe a Home, first published in 2017. The game is aimed particularly, but by no means exclusively, at young people and offers a playful way to explore decision-making processes and policy development in the European Union, using the example of cultural policy.
ifa's Secretary General Ronald Grätz describes how the simulation game contributes to a better understanding of the EU's mechanisms:
'People – children and adults alike – learn and understand the world through play. In an entertaining way, games simulate situations and develop solution scenarios, show ways to success and reduce complexity. People love to slip into new roles and experience a change of perspective in the process. Understanding Europe requires experience that the interests of states are at play. In combination, these experiences can lead to the recognition of the potential of a post-national model for the real success of a European UNION. The game serves to acquire this experience and knowledge.'
The players gain an insight into the interaction of the European institutions and the significance and work of the states and bodies within them. In doing so, they can reflect and experience how cultural policy is put into practice and what potential lies in the cultural diversity of the Union.
At the same time, the simulation game generates an awareness of the richness and diversity of European cultures and the great potential of culture as an element of the EU's external relations. With the idea of creating a 'common European house', the vision of 'Giving Europe a Home' is symbolically put into practice. How and in what form this can happen depends on the hands and minds of the simulation game's participants.
The game is currently available in German and English and can be downloaded free of charge. Furthermore, it can be translated into other languages without copyright or licence fees – in line with the goal of inspiring as many people as possible to participate in the idea of Europe.
Guido Jansen-Recken, +49 (0)30 284491 19, presse(at)ifa.de
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is Germany's oldest intermediary organisation for international cultural relations, having celebrated its centenary in 2017. It promotes a peaceful and enriching coexistence between people and cultures worldwide. ifa supports artistic and cultural exchange in exhibition, dialogue and conference programmes, and it acts as a centre of excellence for international cultural relations. It is part of a global network and relies on sustainable, long-term partnerships.
It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg and its capital Stuttgart. www.ifa.de/en
EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – is the European network of organisations engaging in cultural relations. Together with our partners, we bring to life European cultural collaboration in more than 100 countries worldwide with a network of 132 clusters, drawing on the broad experience of our members from all EU Member States and associate countries. EUNIC advocates a prominent role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU, actively involved in the further definition of European cultural policy. EUNIC is a platform for knowledge sharing and for capacity building amongst its members and partners. www.eunicglobal.eu