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Celebrating the European city of York

York for Europe's Mission 

We maintain that the UK, having left the EU, will have its best interests served by retaining a close as possible relationship with the EU, its peoples and its cultures. This site will serve as a bulletin board, a village pump, and information and interest exchange. The aim of this site it to keep alive our already close ties with the countries of Europe which, we maintain, were more easily facilitated when the UK was a member of the EU. We will also share any difficulties that arise from terminating membership and solutions to problems where they exist. Also, we will share advantages of leaving the union should they arise...

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United By Music: Liverpool and Eurovision 2023

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Tuesday 4th June, 2pm to 3pm

Free admission, voluntary donation at the door

Booking required – e mail

Venue: Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York

In 2023, the Eurovision Song Contest came to the UK for the first time in 25 years, when the BBC hosted it in Liverpool on Ukraine's behalf. Eurovision hosts typically tell a story about their own country and its relationship to Europe, reaching more viewers than any other TV music event. However, the background of Russia's invasion demanded a different approach. The BBC worked with Ukraine's public broadcaster to make sure the TV shows still reflected Ukrainian culture in authentic, up-to-date ways, in a partnership summed up by the event's slogan ‘United By Music’.

Liverpool meanwhile delivered a larger scale cultural programme than any past Eurovision host city had ever attempted, including an entire cultural festival plus community programming with thousands of participants - all while expressing itself as a European city, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors and honouring Ukraine.

Join Catherine Baker of Hull University as she discusses the power of partnership created during this memorable event, both on screen and on the ground. Dr Catherine Baker of Hull University is a specialist in post-Cold War history. She has researched the cultural politics of the Eurovision Song Contest for more than fifteen years, including what it reveals about changing relationships between LGBTQ+ and national identities since the 1990s. In 2023, she led research on the cultural relations impact of Eurovision for the British Council; the final report will be published by the time of the Festival of Ideas. Her next book project will investigate the "performance" of national identity through Eurovision since the end of the Cold War.

Anglo-French Memorial Service at Elvington Air Museum


A memorial service was held at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington near York to mark the 80th year anniversary of the deployment of two French Heavy Bomber Squadrons at RAF Elvington in 1944.


flag at elvington

Photoshoot follow-up ~ visit to Dijon

Our friends from the Dijon art organisation Ombradipeter, photographer Monique Serna and art director Vincenzo Cirillo, invited four of us to Dijon to take part in the opening of Exposition « York vue par les cœurs » .  see 

For some informal snaps of Dijon taken during our recent visit to Dijon,  see 

York for Europe now need to discuss how and where we mount the photos from their photoshoot, and even if we arrange a return match and go to Dijon for a similar creative photo spree.

More information and informal highlights

one of the exhibits
Free movement of EU citizens and their family members: An overview

Directive 2004/38/EC (also known as the Citizens' Rights Directive or alternatively the Free Movement Directive) establishes the conditions under which European Union (EU) citizens and their family members.

Monthly meeting of York for Europe

I have not been able to locate a cheap, central, quiet room in York yet for our meetings. Any ideas?

So, our next meeting on the 20th May will be on Zoom at 7.30pm
Here is the code, no password needed, just wait to be admitted. If you want an informal chat, tune in early.

Survival Notes - page under construction - assistance with links for travellers to the EU and EU citizens in the UK

Survival notes

..a YouTube Video from LSE to watch

View it here, now, originally broadcast 16th October at 18:30

In this event to mark the launch of his new book Shattered Nation, geographer Danny Dorling explains why we are growing further and further apart, exposing a new geography of inequality. Particularly relevant perhaps to the north of England.

Welcome to york sign showing recent Twin additions. Follow this link for some photographs of all the Welcome to the City of York signs
York for Europe and the York Twinning Committees of Dijon and Münster have been working with Cllr Christian Vassie and staff of York Council to see the Twin Cities acknowledged on our welcome signs. The entire project has been financed by donations from York for Europe and the Twinning Committees. Full marks to the Council and CPMedia for a prompt and impressive job well done.

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