Celebrating 25 years of European Capitals of Culture: extracts from the opening session by José Manuel Barroso, Androulla Vassiliou, and Doris Pack, Member of the EP and Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-065269   Duration: 10:03:07  Lieu:
End production: 23/03/2010   First transmission: 23/03/2010
On 23/03/2010, to mark the 25th anniversary of European Capitals of Culture, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the EP Education and Culture Committee, opened the event with a conference in Brussels attended by more than 400 representatives of past, present and future Capitals and many other cultural operators. The conference aimed at sharing experiences and good practices as well as assessing the impact of the European Capitals of Culture since its launch in 1985.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the BOZAR 00:00:07
10:00:12 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, accompanied by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and by Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the EP Education and Culture Committee 00:00:15
10:00:27 Banner of the 25th anniversary of the European Capitals of Culture 00:00:04
10:00:31 General view of the opening session 00:00:07
10:00:38 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Androulla Vassiliou: Concerted action in the field of culture can make a real difference to people's lives and contribute to the process of European integration. The success of the European Capitals of Culture initiative is an excellent proof of this. Today and tomorrow we are celebrating 25 years of the European Capitals of Culture. Since Athens was designated the 1st Capital of Culture nin 1985, over 40 cities have held the title. The event has become one of the most prestigious initiatives of the EU. The scale of the initiative, its European dimension, and the potential economic and social benefits which it can bring to cities and regions make it a truly remarkable endeavour. 00:00:55
10:01:33 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:01:38 SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by José Manuel Barroso saying that the European Capitals of Culture are an illustration of the EU's commitment to cultural diversity and how culture unite people within Europe. They spread creativity and enthusiasm. 00:00:18
10:01:56 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:02:02 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: I am one of those that believe that culture, in itself is a goal for human activity, nthat the reason for culture is not an economic one. 00:00:11
10:02:13 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:02:17 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: Without culture, Europe would remain incomplete. So my conclusion is very simple: we need more culture for more Europe. I am counting on you. And I wish us every success for the twenty-five years to come. 00:00:18
10:02:35 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:02:39 SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) by Doris Pack saying that there is not one European culture but a diversity of European cultures. 00:00:28
10:03:07 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:14
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