From Ireland to Macedonia, from Slovakia to France, passing through Brussels, of course, you can choose from a large array of events on the Agenda of the European Year, celebrating the richness of European diversity and the curiosity towards the Other.
Let's start with love! From 2 September, you can see a Fairytaleheart in Dublin, where Irish Theatre company Calypso presents two troubled teenagers coming from diverse backgrounds, transcending barriers of language, race, religion and differing cultural traditions on stage and in life. The Polish Juliet and Irish Romeo of our times, together with the whole play, will travel to Kosovo and Macedonia in mid-September.
Are you interested in arts and culture? Seven of the European ambassadors for intercultural dialogue will meet again in Brussels, in the Flagey arts center, on 12-13 September. The Festival of Intercultural Dialogue will host their creative energy during film screenings, workshops, debates and concerts. Jordi Savall will make East and West talk through the music of the souls, as well as Jack Martin Händler and Fazil Say; Agnieszka Holland and Radu Mihăileanu will share their thoughts with the public on the intercultural essence of their movies, while Adam Michnik, Marija Šerifović and invitees from the "Interdependance Day" will join the multiple debates orchestrated by the journalist Michael Zeeman.
At the same time, the African Week, starting on 8 September, the international day of litteracy, will be bursting with energy through music, round tables, dance and films in the European Parliament.
Are you a city hopper interested in modern dance? The dancEUnion Festival, organisé by the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) and the Southbank Center on 19-21 September in London offers a perfect occasion to see with your own eyes the diversity of European choreography from 23 countries. At the same time, you can test how priviledged art festivals are as vehicles for dialogue between people coming from different cultures, origins, countries…
Alternatively, you can go East if you are fascinated by modern myths and stories. From 20 September onwards in Bucharest you will get the chance to assist at Pilgrimage, an original mix of art forms, from video installations to theater and architecture, linking Mexico, Romania and the Middle East, from the past to the present.
Coming back to Brussels, you have the choice between a Brussels Debate dedicated to multilingualism and intercultural dialogue, where you can make your voice heard among those of experts and politicians on 10 September. Or a football match in the Park Leopold, on 17 September, between Members of the European Parliament, European officials and athletes with intellectual disabilities. The match is organised by Special Olympics with the support of UEFA and of the European Year.
Last but not least, on 25 September the award ceremony of the photo competition "Cultures on my street" will unveil the 4 winners chosen by a prestigious jury and the public. The ceremony will take place in Berlaymont and will also open the travelling exhibition of the most beautiful photos, with the first step on the esplanade.
The EYID Team
- Picture from "Cultures on my street" photo competition - Copyright photo: Nicolas Ernult - Name of the picture: Unification des mondes
- Country: France