Participation of Androulla Vassiliou in the opening of the European Capital of Culture 2012
End production: 14/01/2012 First transmission: 14/01/2012
On 14 January 2012, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, went to Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012. She notably met Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia, and Suzana Žilič Fišer, Director-General of the Institute "Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture".
Guimarães (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) took over the title of European Capitals of Culture 2012 on 1 January. Both cities had a busy calendar of events planned for the year, with the aim of showcasing themselves to the world and building a lasting legacy for their citizens.
The official programme of events began on 13 January in Maribor with music, theatre and dance performances. Numerous and varied cultural events, combining traditional and innovative approaches, from carnival to contemporary dance, were planned throughout the year. Young audiences were a particular focus of the events.
This EU initiative had been a great success since its creation 25 years ago. Several illustration pictures of the city and its most famous monuments were taken on this occasion.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, walking in the Maribor' streets, Slovenia
||Androulla Vassiliou shaking hands with Suzana Žilič Fišer, Director-General of the Institute "Maribor 2012 – European Capital of Culture", and entering in the Vetrinje Mansion
||Cutaway of a panel
||Androulla Vassiliou and Suzana Žilič Fišer
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): Maribor will be declared the Cultural Capital of Europe and this is, of course, an historic day for Slovenia because it is the first Slovenian city to get the title. So, all the Slovenes must be very proud and very happy about this event.
||Androulla Vassiliou and Suzana Žilič Fišer walking in the streets of Maribor (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): The Cultural Capitals of Europe are one of the most successful programs, projects of our cultural program. It is a program that last throughout the years and hopefully it will last even beyond the years. We wanted to have a permanent impact on the city, on the people and on the country.
||Androulla Vassiliou and Suzana Žilič Fišer entering the Rozmarin Restaurant in Maribor (2 shots)
||Androulla Vassiliou and Suzana Žilič Fišer (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): I think people will be celebrating about this event and there will be very interesting programs throughout the year and we want the citizen to participate. This is also part of the idea of this program.
||Handshake between Androulla Vassiliou and Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): I am sure that Maribor will invite a lot of groups from outside to participate. Also there is a link between Maribor and Guimarães in Portugal which is the other cultural capital of Europe for this year.
||Androulla Vassiliou and Danilo Türk (3 shots)