Articles taggés avec ‘culture’

EU Funding: European Capital of Culture for France in 2013

Vendredi 12 septembre 2008

The jury in charge with the evaluation of the candidate cities to the title of “European Capital of Culture 2013″ for France will meet on the 5th and 6th September in Paris to recommend a city to the title

EU Funding: Celebrating diversity with the Ambassadors of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

Vendredi 12 septembre 2008

Arts, culture and diversity will be celebrated at the European Festival of Intercultural Dialogue organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the Flagey Arts Centre in Brussels on the 12-13 September 2008.

Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Youth, will welcome Ambassadors of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue and the general public to a two-day chain of concerts, workshops, film screenings and debates. Among others, film and TV director Agnieszka Holland; conductor Jack Martin Händler; film director Radu Mihăileanu; journalist, author, historian and political activist Adam Michnik; viola da gamba musician and conductor Jordi Savall; pianist Fazil Say and pop singer Marija Šerifović will participate in the event.

The European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 is an opportunity to explore the ‘Other’ in all its forms, to move towards mutual understanding, to build better ways of living together and to actively participate in the development of a European society open to the world. At the request of the European Commission, well-known personalities from the world of the arts and the media have agreed to act as Ambassadors for the year, promoting its messages throughout Europe and beyond, thus also contributing to reflections upon its future. Converging to Flagey on the 12th and 13th of September, the Ambassadors will play leading roles in a unique event which will illustrate the dialogue between artists through creative performances in the fields of music, cinema, art and literature.

The festivities will begin on Friday 12th September with a tribute from Jack Martin Händler to the conductor Bruno Walter with a concert by the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the world-class Turkish pianist Fazil Say (20:15, Studio 4).

Saturday 13th September will be placed under the heading of ‘dialogue’, with workshops, round tables, debates and activities for children (from 10:00 a.m. onwards). The highlight of this event-packed day will be the Orient-Occident concert, which promises to be a memorable experience, bringing together musicians from across the entire world – among them the eminent master of the viola da gamba Jordi Savall and the percussionist Pedro Estevan (20:15, Studio 4). This extraordinary journey through the worlds of eastern and western music will be followed by an open air concert by the Parno Graszt ensemble, playing joyous gipsy folk music (at around 22:30).

Last but not least, film buffs will appreciate the film selection on offer in Studio 5 by the Belgian Royal Film Archive with introductions by the Ambassadors of this exceptional Year. On the programme are films relating to intercultural dialogue such as Copying Beethoven which will be shown in the presence of the director Agnieszka Holland (Friday 12/09, 18:00, Studio 5), Tous les matins du monde by Alain Corneau will be shown in the presence of Jordi Savall (Friday 12/09, 20:00, Studio 5) as well as Va, vis et deviens (Live and Become) shown in the presence of its director Radu Mihăileanu (Saturday 13/09, 20:00, Studio 5).

EU Funding: “Different languages, one goal”

Jeudi 11 septembre 2008

The Commission, UEFA and FARE kick off 2008-2009 football season with joint TV spot promoting tolerance through languages

In the context of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008, the European Commission, UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) are launching a joint TV spot highlighting tolerance and the role of languages as bridges between people. The spot shows three groups of football fans caught up in the excitement of a match: regardless of their cultural backgrounds, origins or languages, they all share their love of football and react in the same way in different authentic settings. Millions of TV viewers across Europe and beyond will see the spot since it will be aired during the half-time break throughout the entire season’s televised UEFA Champions League football games, as of 16 September. This initiative comes at a time when the Commission is about to present its new strategic Communication on multilingualism, making the case for language learning as well as preserving and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity.

The TV spot is a co-production between the Commission, UEFA and FARE, who also used it as part of their “Unite against racism” campaign, launched on 7 June in Switzerland, in the context of the UEFA EURO 2008. Showing three different groups of football fans in different settings but with identical reactions to a football match ending with a goal, this co-production spans a bridge to the claim of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue “Together in diversity”.

Aired at the interval of each of the 125 matches, this TV spot is expected to reach more than 140 million viewers during each match week of the UEFA Champions League, from September 2008 until May 2009. In Europe alone, it will be screened in more than 40 countries. This is made possible through a partnership with UEFA which has offered up the 30 seconds of airtime that it retains for social initiatives.

EU Funding: European Capital of Culture for Slovakia 2013

Mardi 9 septembre 2008

The jury in charge with the evaluation of the applicant cities to the title of “European Capital of Culture 2013″ for Slovakia met today in Bratislava recommends to attribute the title to Košice for Slovakia