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Let's (re)imagine and celebrate our European anthem together!

We're inviting you to remix Beethoven's Symphony, drawing inspiration from Friedrich Schiller's timeless poem. Let's celebrate the diverse artistic expressions and languages from across Europe, embracing the richness of our cultural heritage together. Join us in spreading joy through art!

Join us for the Ode2joy Challenge
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In 2024, as we gear up for the European Parliament elections, we're also marking the 200th anniversary of Beethoven's iconic Ode to Joy. This masterpiece embodies the values that define our shared European identity: freedom, peace, and solidarity.
Photo credits: Sven-Kristian Wolf 

Unleash your creativity and reimagine Beethoven's Symphony with your own artistic flair! From symphonic orchestras to rap, dance, theater, flash mobs, creative videos, graphic art, and storytelling, there are no boundaries to your expression.

Photo credits: Kai Bienert 


Who's in?

The challenge is open to all in Europe, including non-EU countries. Use any European language. Individuals, groups, Civil Society Organizations and NGOs all welcome!


Submit your reimagined Ode to Joy masterpiece until June 21st, 2024, 23:59 CET.

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Photo credits : Kai Bienert 

How to submit ?
All contributions must be uploaded via this form

Tune into the conversation by also sharing your contribution on social media using the dedicated hashtag #Ode2Joy!

We have prepared this Communications Toolkit to provide inspiration!"

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What's in it for me?
What's in it for me? 
  • Winners will be rewarded with prizes!  

The Ode2Joy Challenge is an opportunity to let your creativity shine and
give greater visibility to our shared European cultural heritage! 


The below prizes will be given to the winners, announced by the end of June 2024! 

1️⃣  Concert tickets across Europe (with transportations costs covered, up to a fixed amount)

2️⃣  Online coaching sessions with Marshall Marcus, director of the European Union Youth Orchestra 

3️⃣ Showcase your contribution during exclusive events across the cultural sector

  • Start a long-term campaign with us, and be part of the Ode2Joy Journey! 

Do you  want to know a “not-so-secret” secret? The challenge is intended to be the starting point of a longer-term campaign (and journey!) advocating and raising awareness of the significance of the Ode to Joy, across Europe & beyond and amongst people of all ages! In the post-election phase, this citizens’ initiative could lead to a larger-scale pan-European project around the concept and values of European cultural citizenship, as advocated in the Venice Manifesto adopted following the European Heritage Policy Agora held on 29 September 2023. Besides, should teachers demonstrate an interest, the pedagogical content and activities carried out by pilot schools and universities could be generalised from Septembre 2024 on. 


Become part of this movement! 

How to Reach Us ?

Are you a Civil Society Organisation or NGO interested in becoming a partner of this campaign? Are you representing a school that aims to promote the Ode2Joy through innovative and creative ways?  We would love to hear from you!


Connect with the partners of the campaign on social media: 

CEM : Instagram ; Facebook ; X ; Youtube ; Linkedin

ESACH : Facebook, ; Instagram ; Linkedin; Youtube
European Movement International : Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, X,Threads, Instagram, Youtube
Europa Nostra : Facebook ; X ; Instagram ; Linkedin ; Youtube ; Flickr ; Linkedin; Issuu
Europa Union Youth Orchestra : Instagram ; Facebook ; X ; LinkedIn

Fondation Hippocrène : Facebook ; X ; Youtube ; Linkedin


If you have specific questions about the challenge, please contact us at

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Who are we ?

The Ode2Joy Campaign is run by a consortium of 7 founding partners :

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They support us! 

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Interested in becoming a supporting partner? 

Here is how! Our campaign note includes all details on the campaign and how you could contribute.

 Get in touch:

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