High level opening of Europalia Brazil
Première transmission: 04/10/2011
Commission, Bozar, Brussels
Fin de production: 04/10/2011
Europalia is a major international arts festival held every two years to celebrate one invited country’s cultural heritage. Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty-two festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cinema, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, design, fashion and gastronomy.
For its 23rd festival, Europalia takes you to Brazil ! Modern and forward-looking, this country has managed to draw upon its origins and the mosaic of its peoples. An entire world blends together in this country : from the heirs of European settlers to the Amazon Indians, from the Afro-Brazilians – descendants of slaves – to immigrants from Japan, Lebanon, Italy, China, Germany… Rythms, colours, shapes… heritage and contemporary art : in more than 200 venues in Belgium and abroad, join us to discover Brazil and its mix of identities and cultures.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General View (3 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President (in ENGLSIH): "Brazil is a cultural volcano constantly absorbing influences from outside whilst reaching out to leave a very impressive mark on others and indeed, this period well expressed in a phrase from a great Brazilian poet, indeed also a diplomat; it shows that it is possible to combine poetry and diplomacy, Vinícius de Morais who said: "Life is art of meeting, of encounters". On the name of the EC, on my own behalf I wish the best success to this splendid festival Europalia -Brazil".
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (in ENGLISH): "Ladies and gentlemen, Europe and Brazil have a lot in common. We share a part of our past, we also partially share common religious roots; both of us are multicultural societies and yet at the same time, we discover unity in this diversity. There is a Brazilian identity just as there is a European identity throughout different expressions and different sensitivities".
||Soundbite by Dilma ROUSSEFF, President of Brazil (In PORTUGUESE)
||Cutaway and general view (5 shots)