May 2nd 2022
On 16 May, the first operational meeting of the members of the Network of the Houses and Museums of European Musicians (HMEM) will take place. A videoconference that will enable the first cultural actions to be determined on a European scale. Launched on 3 April 2022 in Bougival, the MMME network already brings together more than 40 institutions and organisations, located in 20 European countries. New members should soon join this organisation, which will be a powerful player in the Europe of culture.
VIA MUSICA, a concept created and initiated by the CEM, aiming to put Music at the heart of the European cultural identity, finds its first expression in the Network of Houses and Museums of European Musicians.
The initiative, taken by Jorge Chaminé, president and founder of the Centre Européen de Musique, coincides with one of the pillars of the French presidency of the European Union: belonging: "The Europe of Musicians exists because Music has shaped Europe! It is a question of highlighting a feeling of belonging to the European soil, a feeling that has been carried by great musicians for centuries. With this network, we want to broaden European and extra-European connections. Music must play this role as a connector, but also a diplomatic role, as a bridge between cultures and a dialogue between disciplines," says Jorge Chaminé.
For its launch, a pan-European event was organised by the Centre Européen de Musique in Bougival on 3 April 2022. It was attended by many representatives of these houses, musicians' museums and institutions. From the island of São Jorge (Azores) in Portugal to Turku in Finland, from Norway to Serbia, some 40 of them signed (in person or online) the Charter of this new European cultural network. European messages of support and congratulations were sent.
"I would like to thank Jorge Chaminé for his dedication to culture, art and music, which personifies the soul and is the driving force behind the Centre Européen de Musique. This Centre, which will be built in Bougival around the Villa Viardot and the Maison Bizet, will be accompanied and strengthened by this magnificent network from today onwards," said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, at the launch of the network on 3 April. Carlos Moedas, mayor of Lisbon in Portugal, conveyed to the participants a powerful message in defence of a Europe of culture: "Today, more than ever, culture must assert itself as one of the main pillars in the construction of a Europe that is ever more united and solid. I am therefore delighted with the exceptional work that the Centre Européen de Musique presents to us every day".
Marcos Ros Sempere, Member of the European Parliament, after putting into perspective the importance of the role of music in the history and culture of Europe, said: "I hope that this Network of Houses and Museums of European Musicians will represent an important step in the recovery of the music sector, which has been hard hit by the COVID 19 crisis''. For Stéphane Bern, head of the "Mission Bern", journalist, radio and television presenter and writer: "Music is a universal language, a European language, and I hope that this Centre Européen de Musique will soon see the light of day. It is necessary. With war on our doorstep, the spirit of peace must prevail''. The participants were also greeted by Luc Wattelle, mayor of Bougival, and Joséphine Kollmannsberger, vice-president of the Yvelines departmental council responsible for the environment, culture and tourism.
The operational actors of the CEM gathered to present the facets of the future Centre Européen de Musique in Bougival.
On the occasion of this launch day, the operational actors of the future Centre Européen de Musique presented the project, developed according to the principles of the New European Bauhaus. The actors present were the property developer Linkcity, the tourist and cultural operator Opérel, represented by its president, Philippe Gimet, and two architectural firms: Devillers & Associés from France and Snøhetta from Norway. D&A was represented by its president Magali Volwein and Snøhetta by its founding partner, architect Kjetil Thorsen. The latter is the creator of architectural masterpieces such as the Oslo Opera House (winner of the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award in 2009) or the Library of Alexandria in Egypt.