Building Cultural Bridges





The Festival of Europe 2022 is a celebration of our continent and our shared culture and values. Our vision is one of hope and cooperation now and in the future.

The Festival of Europe comprises dozens of exciting events all across the UK throughout the summer of 2022 – the Summer of Europe – culminating in the Festival Finale – a one day celebratory September event taking place in the North of England.

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The Summer of Europe

A Summer like No Other

The Summer of Europe are inter-connected events which take place throughout the UK from May to September 2022.

One of the highlights will be a 12-venue tour of major UK cities by the United Strings of Europe orchestra. They will perform specially commissioned new works by five young composers from across Europe.


In addition we plan cultural events across the country. The United Kingdom will spend the summer celebrating what unites people across our continent – music, film, theatre, visual arts and food.

United Strings of Europe

Howard Goodall

Award-winning composer Howard Goodall will conduct his latest musical creation, performed by the United Strings and at our Festival.

Howard is an EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores.

He is a distinguished music historian and broadcaster. In recent years he has been England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, the Classical Brit Composer of the Year and was Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence for 6 years. In the 2011 New Year Honours he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to music education.

Festival Finale

Let's go fly some kites

The Festival Finale of the Festival of Europe will take place at the beginning of September 2022. 


There will be performance, live debate, European music, an Oktoberfest marquee, competitions and pan-European food stalls, specially selected highlights from our Summer of Europe events.

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