High level opening of Europalia Brazil
End production: 04/10/2011 First transmission: 04/10/2011
On 4 October 2011, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, participated in the high level opening of Europalia Brasil, in the presence of Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, and of several Members of the Belgian royal family. The largest cultural event in Europe, Europalia will celebrate the Brazilian culture in Belgium and four other countries from October 2011 to January 2012. The europalia.brasil will include 18 exhibitions in 15 museums and cultural centers in Europe; 127 music presentations, 40 theatrical performances, 11 dance presentations, as well as lectures and conferences in literature, social sciences, arts, architecture and design.
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||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the podium
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: 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.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council: 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 (in PORTUGUESE) by Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
||Cutaways of the cameramen (2 shots)
||General view of the audience: Fabiola, Queen of Belgium, Albert II, King of the Belgians, Dilma Rousseff, Paola, Queen of the Belgians, Philippe, Prince of Belgium, Mathilde, Princess of Belgium, Ana de Hollanda, Brazilian Minister for Culture, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso and Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister (in the foreground, from right to left)
||Cutaway of Philippe, Prince of Belgium, at the back