What is the state of freedom in Europe today? This is a question that has grown even more urgent in the coronavirus era. The Goethe-Institut is bringing together thought leaders, creatives, and artists from all over Europe to address that question at the hybrid pan-European Freiraum Festival from 30 October to 1 November 2020. At virtual and in-person events in Brussels, Berlin and 18 other European cities, they will be discussing new perspectives and alliances in Europe in the framework of Germany’s Council Presidency. In addition to keynote talks by sociologist Eva Illouz and political scientist Ivan Krastev, as well as various panel discussions and performances, a “Freiraum Manifesto” will be officially presented to EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.