Online Panel Discussion: Act Now - Music and Climate Action

   5 June 2020 - 11:30-12:30 CEST

The first event of the EFM Online Series was in the frame of the Beethoven Pastoral Project. On 5 June, World Environment Day, the Pastoral Day celebrated Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and his dedication to nature. It was a reminder that environmental protection and global sustainability are key to the future of our societies.
The panel discussion brought together musical artists with an ecological mindset and political decision makers from the EU to debate framework conditions for artists and their audience in order to respect the environment, be artistically active and reach out to the audiences.


The panel discussion was organised in cooperation with BTHVN2020 and partner of the Beethoven Pastoral Project.
These series are supported by EMC funders and by NAMM.

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Speakers at the Panel Discussion

Mariya Gabriel


Mariya Gabriel is serving her second mandate as a European Commissioner. Her first Portfolio responsibility was for Digital Economy and Society (2017-2019). In the current college of Commissioners she will guide all EU policies relating to Horizon Europe, innovation and research, the Erasmus programme, education, culture and sport.

She has twice been elected to the European Parliament, in 2009 and 2014.

She is one of the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity. Mariya Gabriel has been honored with numerous awards. Among them is the award “Women of Influence 2018” in the category “Talent in Politics”, the most prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple” for highest achievements for women, the Beaumarchais Medal for her contribution to the protection of the interests of European artists. The Honorary Committee of USA-Central European Women in Business Summit awarded her the 2019 award for her series of initiatives to promote greater participation of women in the digital sector and recognition of their role in the development of the digital society and economy.

Mariya Gabriel holds a Masters in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. From 2004 to 2008, Mariya Gabriel was a temporary teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. Her teaching focused in particular on the decision-making process of the European Union, political sociology and international relations.
European Commission

Mohamed Jawad

Artist & Activist, Bahrain

Mohamed Jawad is a Bahraini Musician, Environmental and human rights defender who campaigns for environmental rights in Bahrain by organising awareness raising festivals, participating in peaceful protests and performing music.

Jawad has participated in local, regional and international events highlighting the polluting effects of gas emissions by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) – national oil company of Bahrain, as well as the factories surrounding his village of Ma’ameer.

Jawad has been continually subjected to harassment for his work promoting environmental rights, including being arrested and banned from travel several times. His last source of income, a small auto-mobile repair workshop through which he used to sponsor his environmental and humanitarian activities, was forcibly closed by the Industry Minister, out of an attempt to stop his activities.

Jawad has brought to life the Delmonian Lyre, the oldest musical string instrument ever known to mankind, after 5000 years of absence. Any musician from all nations and cultures can play their music using this lyre because of its keys and ability to adjust its scales to adopt to different types of music.

Sabine Verheyen

MEP, Chair of Culture and Education Committee

Sabine Verheyen has been a Member of the European Parliament for the German Christian Democrats (CDU) since 2009. Since 2019, she Chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, after having served as coordinator for the European People`s Party in this committee for five years. She focuses in particular on education and media policy as well as digital agenda issues. As former mayor of Aachen (1999 to 2009) she focuses additionally on issues that are of relevance to the local authorities.

She has been co-rapporteur for the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive and has been a Member of the European Parliament’s annual delegation to the Internet Governance Forum since 2009.

Sabine Verheyen studied architecture at FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
European Parliament

Darius Darek

Artist & Activist, Bonn (DE)

Born in Katowice (Poland), based in Bonn (Germany), musician, DJ, geographer, cultural manager, transfromation activist & networker. 

As creative director of the international "World BEAThoven Project" he has implemented sustainable, degrowth and minimalism based, fair, green, common-good-oriented and alternative ways of life into this music project: an artistic socio-ecological transformation vision on behalf the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (BTHVN2020).

Darius Darek is founder and director of the cultural organisation "Taxi MunDJal MusiX" which is officially recognised as an active contributer to the "UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions".

He is co-founder of the transnational "Global Club Music Network", member of the ART27-network, member of the "Musikkulturen" council (Kultursekretariat NRW) and member of the working group "Music and social responsibilty" (Music Council North Rhine Westphalia).
Taxi MunDJal MusiX


Helga Trüpel

Former member of the European Parliament

Helga Trüpel was born in Moers, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany. She obtained her PhD from the University of Bremen in 1988. She was a Member of the City State Parliament of Bremen from 1987 until 2004. From 1991 to 1995, she was Senator of Culture in Bremen. From 2004 to 2019 she was a member of the European Parliament where she served as spokeswoman for budget and culture of the Green Group and as Vice-President of the Committee for Culture and Education. Since 2019, she is the Chairwoman of the Europa Union Bremen and a consultant for Agentur Art.