Europa Nostra joins Wuppertal Call, urging European citizens to use their votes in support of culture and unity

On 7 May 2024, coinciding with the bicentenary of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Network of Houses and Museums of European Musicians (HMEM) adopted the Wuppertal Call. Initiated by Centre Européen de Musique, and with Europa Nostra as a key partner, this manifesto issues a solemn plea to all European citizens: “Use your vote for Peace! Use your vote for Solidarity! Use your vote for Europe!”

Beethoven monument on the Beethovenplatz square in Vienna, Austria. The monument was unveiled in 1880. Credits: Shutterstock


This call, unanimously adopted by HMEM members, underscores the vital importance of participating in the European elections from 6 to 9 June 2024 to support the foundational values of peace, solidarity, and unity that define the European project amidst current challenges.

Against these challenges threatening peace and unity, the Wuppertal Call urges Europeans to harness the unifying power of music. Music, as a universal language, promotes unity in diversity and fosters a more inclusive society. By doing so, the call exemplifies its commitment to advancing cultural cooperation across borders.

Launched in April 2022 in Bougival (Yvelines, France), the Pan-European Network of Houses and Museums of European Musicians (HMEM) unites 61 organisations across 24 countries. It was initiated by the Centre Européen de Musique and supported from the outset by Europa Nostra. This network swiftly established itself as a leading advocate for European musical heritage. By uniting iconic institutions and houses of musicians from across Europe, the network preserves and enriches musical heritage while promoting cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation.

The Network of Houses and Museums of European Musicians encompasses a diverse array of prestigious institutions across Europe, from the Beethoven House in Germany to the Amália Rodrigues Foundation in Portugal and the Franz Liszt Museum in Hungary, among others. This diversity underscores the richness of European musical heritage.

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