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250 years ago, on 16 December 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. To celebrate this anniversary, institutions across Europe are creating activities related to #Beethoven250 and commemorating the Ode to Joy from the choral movement of the Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as an anthem of European fraternity and the official anthem of the European Union.


As a powerful network between cultural heritage institutions and educational sectors, the Europeana Education community is launching #reinventingBeethoven - a creative educational challenge based on Beethoven's life and work for students in primary and secondary education.

The principal aims of this challenge are to encourage students’ creativity with cultural heritage resources and to introduce music as a powerful educational tool in the classroom for all types of subjects.

Europeana Education will create a new gallery called Beethoven in-depth in Europeana Classroom (12 November) and publish posts on the Europeana blog concerning two main topics: interdisciplinary work with cultural heritage (22 November) and inclusivity and diversity in artistic, cultural and scientific domains (3 December).


We’re inviting teachers to introduce Beethoven’s life and work to students and coordinate and supervise the making of a group creative artwork. Each teacher is free to use the content in their own way using Europeana materials, digital activities and games. We encourage schools to explore museum collections - physically or virtually - with museum educators to increase their knowledge around this topic.

The basic rules for participating in the challenge are to take care of students' privacy, to make sure any Europeana material used is available under Public Domain or Creative Commons licences, and to take Beethoven’s life and work as an inspiration for creative artworks.

The output of this challenge can be a physical or digital artwork. Perhaps TikTok or Instagram videos, short documentaries with Europeana resources, artistic images inspired by Beethoven’s music, creative re-recordings of Ode to Joy… it’s up to you.

How can I participate?

If you are a primary or secondary school teacher and you would like to participate in this challenge, please complete the application form. The application process opens on 26 October 2020 and closes on 3 December 2020.

You will then receive a confirmation email with information to introduce the challenge to your class. On the Teaching with Europeana blog you can also find further information including relevant content, educational resources and suggestions for implementation.

Finally, share the final creative artwork from your students on social media with the hashtags #reinventingBeethoven and #Beethoven250 or send it to us via email  ( by 9 December. On this date, voting for the community’s favourite five will begin on the Europeana Education Facebook Group.

The five best creative resources will be published in a blog post and the most voted of these will have the opportunity to write a learning scenario for Europeana Education. This learning scenario will be promoted on social media and automatically entered into our 2021 Europeana Education learning scenarios competition.