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The EUnvironment theme is made up of 4 programmes, corresponding to significant areas of the relationship between contemporary humans and the environment. The “Demeter – mother earth” programme focuses on our relationship with food.

A significant part of world economy is based on agriculture and farming.Besides being a human need and a human right, food has been the basic tenet of a city’s prosperity since antiquity, the foundation of trade and economic stability. At the same time, it has always been the cornerstone of family gatherings. Within the home, the family gathers around the table to share food. At a social level, and while presenting different external traits indifferent eras and countries (symposiums, private dinners, dinners at restaurants, parties, feasts, etc.), this gathering remains, at its core, a gathering around a table, serving the natural human need for both nourishment and personal development.

Europe’s ability to ensure both quantitative and qualitative access to food for all is a main challenge for the future, and a basic requirement for sustainable development. On the other hand, Europe resembles a huge table with different dishes and culinary practices. Each country’s cuisine is the most direct way of becoming familiar with and participating in its culture.

The “Demeter-Mother Earth” programme is inspired by the goddess Demeter’s primary quality as Mother Earth, as farmer and nurse; its objective is, on the first hand, to help contemporary humans understand the food chain and, on the other, to promote intercultural dialogue through events centred around food (lunches, dinners, parties, etc.). Thus, the programme focuses on projects and events that link us to agriculture, animal husbandry and fishing. It includes artistic residencies in food production and processing facilities, as well as projects and events organized in such facilities. At the same time, it includes events centred around meals that highlight the richness of the European soil and the creativity of its peoples.