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Event series in Glasgow, Huntly and online

Europe’s Kitchen

What happens to ideas of Europe, togetherness and sharing when considered from the vantage point of the kitchen? Between August and December 2020, eleven artists will reach out across borders to engage with citizens in eleven different European cities. They will cook up beautiful ways of meeting, touching, tasting, exchanging and understanding – while maintaining physical distance as necessary.

Euope’s Kitchen in Scotland

The video installations BLACK IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD. I&I (2019) and THE GAZE (2017-ongoing) by Danish-Trinidadian artist Jeannette Ehlers are the starting point for Europe’s Kitchen in Scotland under the title:

LOOKING at / with / for / after ONE ANOTHER

A series of events is planned for Glasgow and Huntly, involving food, recipes and an online discussion with experts from the UK and Jeannette Ehlers, hosted by curator Priya Basil.

Perhaps nothing shows a fingerprint for Europe’s cultural diversity as much as its wealth of dishes, ways to eat and last but not least – kitchens. The Europe’s Kitchen project by the Goethe-Institut shows that openness towards new people and stories, new flavors and ideas can enrich us.

Tasting Europe

Jeannette Ehler’s work deals with the politics of the gaze, power relations, resistance and colonialism’s imprint at present time. Her video installations are the basis for a menu created by the Soul Food Sisters, a unique, Glaswegian collective of female cooks from five different continents passionate about food and communication

Inspired by their own engagement with Jeannette Ehlers’ work and its relation to their own lives, the Soul Food Sisters will prepare a special menu to be served at their Café in Glasgows East End from 7th – 9th of October 2020 and then again from the 14th – 16th of October 2020.

You can win one of 20 Vouchers for the menu via Social Media. Visit the Goethe-Institut Glasgow on facebook and Twitter!

Terms & Conditions (PDF)

Cooking Europe

Even without a shared physical space, a community can be connected by a culinary experience. As we unfortunately are not able to organize a local workshop with the Soul Food Sisters and Deveron Projects in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, their recipes and ideas will be sent out to local residents. This way, the local community can recreate the Soul Food Sisters’ menu and share in the experience.

The acknowledgement of each other’s presence that the act of sitting down at a table together represents is deeply impacted by the current crisis. Far from diminishing the role of the shared meal, this adaptation is an affirmation of togetherness during these difficult times – flexibility and spontaneity have long been core traits of the kitchen as an archetype after all.

Talking Europe

Each meal is also an invitation for exchange and discussion. How do people in Glasgow relate to Europe? We invite all participants to answer on postcards created for Europe’s Kitchen. On the 18th of October at 2 pm, four British experts will discuss Jeannette Ehlers’ video installations, the collected answers and questions of togetherness from their very own perspectives. Priya Basil, the curator of the project will host this special discussion featuring Jeannette Ehlers, A.L. Kennedy, Paul Gilroy, Karen Alexander, Lizzie Collingham and a member of the Soul Food Sisters.
Which ideas about Europe, art, food, togetherness and sharing will this meeting spark? Everyone is welcome to join!


Wednesday 7th of October — Friday 9th October 2020
Wednesday, 14th — Friday 16th October 2020

The Soul Food Sisters’ menu is served at: 
202 Gallowgate, Glasgow G1 5DS

Sunday, 18th October 2020, 2 pm – 3.30 pm

Panel Discussion on ZOOM with Jeannette Ehlers, A.L. Kennedy, Paul Gilroy, Karen Alexander, Lizzie Collingham and a member of the Soul Food Sisters moderated by Priya Basil.​

Europe’s Kitchen” is a project of the Goethe-Institut, supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2020


Goethe-Institut Glasgow
Online, G3 6AX + Google Map