European Bildung Day 2023

European Bildung Day Conference 2023

European Identity:
Who are we? Who could we become?

Join the drafting of a European Bildung Manifesto May 8-9 2023 in Vilnius

European Bildung Day 2023 Work Summit: New Program

Monday, May 8

Who are we in Europe, what kind of bildung do we need, and how can we promote it?

European Bildung Day 2023 is going to be a work meeting where we will be brainstorming, developing and planning
the year ahead in the European Bildung Network. There will be presentations to frame our creativity, we will work on the European Bildung Manifesto, and we will discuss how to launch it in June.

Participants will receive a first draft of the European Bildung Manifesto one week prior to the meeting.

9:30 Coffee is served
10:00 Welcome and opening
10:40 Our EBD2023 tasks
11:10 European Identity
12:00 Lunch
13:00 European Bildung Today
13:45 Bildung in Belarus and Ukraine
14:30 Discussion
15:00 Coffee and Vilnius cake
16:00 Working Groups
18:15 Break
19:30 Dinner

Detailed program Monday below; times are Vilnius time

Tuesday, May 9

Finalizing our European Bildung Manifesto and planning the coming year

In the morning session we will celebrate Europe Day, hear from Margrethe Vestager, sing, and hear presentations about Ukraine and Belarus. The rest of the meeting we will work in groups dedicated to:

  • Finalizing the European Bildung Manifesto
  • Launching it on June 21st
  • Bildung activities in Europe in the year to come, and
  • European Bildung Day 2024.

8:30 Coffee is served
9:00 ”Happy” Europe Day!
Europe Seen from the Outside
Collaborative Archaic Singing
10:45 Working Groups
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Presenting Group Work
14:00 Coffee
14:30 May 30 and June 21
15:15 Bildung for bildung fighters…
16:00 Conclusion

Detailed program Tuesday below; times are Vilnius Times

The Meeting Monday and Tuesday will be live in Vilnius only

Online follow-up meetings on May 30th 14:00-16:00 CET and 18:00-20:00 CET


Work Summit Monday & Tuesday: 249 Euro

Including Sunday pre-summit: 299 Euro

One-day participation also available; click Buy Ticket to see all options
Prices do not include accommodation.

Booking provided by Nordic Bildung

Online participation on May 30th: 19 Euro

Join the online follow up: read more about it and buy your ticket here

Sunday May 7: City Walk

16:00-18:00 Participants have received info via email

Monday May 8: New Program

At Domus Maria, downtown Vilnius

10:00-11:10 Welcome and what whe are here for

Our bildung tasks during EBD2023

11:10-12:00 European Identity

11:40-12:00 Discussion

12:00-13:00 Light Lunch

13:00-13:45 European Bildung Today and in the Future

13:30-13:45 Discussion

13:45-14:30 Status from Eastern Europe

14:15-14:30 Discussion

There is a bildung movement in Ukraine that started before the war; we will hear the latest updates.

Olga Karatch is a human rights activist and dissident from Belarus, who now lives in Lithuania.

14:30-15:00 Plenary discussion after the six keynotes

15:00-16:00 Coffee and Vilnius Cake

16:00-18:15 Concrete Ideas for Bildung in Europe
Bring your creativity!

A European Bildung Manifesto: The Vilnius Compact
Summit participants will receive the first draft of the text in an email a week in advance.

European Bildung Day 2024
What should we do next year? Where should it be? Who knows great speakers? Who would like to co-organize?

European Bildung Activites After the Summit
What kinds of activities should we have in the network until the next European Bildung Day?

18:15-19:30 Break

19:30-22:00 EBD2023 Dinner
Cheers to freedom and toasts for Ukraine!

Tuesday May 9: New Program

At Domus Maria (same venue as Monday), downtown Vilnius

9:00-10:30 “Happy” Europe Day!?
Bildung, Beauty, and Freedom

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of EU, will be with us live online for a morning greeting.

No celebration without song, and this is uniquely Lithuanian!

Europe Seen from the Outside

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Working Groups

Group 1
Finalizing the European Bildung Manifesto

Group 2
Concretizing European Bildung Day 2024

Group 3
Dates and Venues for European Bildung events in the coming year

Group 4
Crazy and catchy ideas for communicating our work

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:00 Presenting Group Work

14:00-14:30 Coffee

14:30-15:15 Following up on May 30 and Launching the Manifesto on June 21

15:15-16:00 Conclusion
A bildung surprise and some final remarks

Join the online follow up: read more about it and buy your ticket here


Bildung Warm-Up

Sunday, May 7

Downtown Vilnius

Pre-Summit Bildung Extravaganza in the geographical center of Europe: Historical Vilnius.

Program TBA

Vilnius is a legendary town. Today Vilnius is 700 years old. The magical Old Town is at the UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is home to many talented contemporary artists. Dozens of free events take place daily in Vilnius, and every month there’s a theatre, film, dance, or a culture festival going on.

Work Summit

Monday, May 8 & Tuesday, May 9

At Domus Maria, downtown Vilnius

DOMUS MARIA, is the historic boutique hotel was set in a former 400-years-old Discalced Carmelites’ convent. The remarcable convent is situated in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, by the world famous shrine – Gate of Dawn and Saint Teresa Church – the masterpiece of 17th century baroque architecture.

Work Summit organized by

Nordic Bildung
Vermlandsgade 51
2300 Copenhagen S


Domus Solis and peers have co-sponsored Ukrainian participation

Conference Monday & Tuesday: 249 Euro

Including Sunday pre-conference: 299 Euro

One-day and online participation are also available; click Buy Ticket to see all options
Prices do not include accommodation.

Booking provided by Nordic Bildung