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Paco Peña and June Burrough will support the 2010 European Year at the Edinburgh International Festival

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The 2010 European Year has set up a partnership with the Edinburg International Festival taking place from 13 August to 15 September. Paco Peña, a renowned flamenco dance company, will dedicate part of its show to the topic of poverty and social exclusion. June Burrough, ambassador of the 2010 European Year for the UK, of the Pierian Centre Community Interest Company, will be present.

The Edinburgh International Festivals mission is one of the the most exciting, innovative and accessible Festival of the performing arts in the world. It aims at promoting the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the people of Edinburgh and Scotland. It has been connecting audiences and artists for over sixty years.

The partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival is one of the more than 100 event partnerships the European Year 2010 is undertaking in its fight against poverty and social exclusion. A variety of events across Europe have been selected in order to help promote the main messages of the European Year 2010 and to raise public awareness about the issues of poverty and social exclusion.

“We are very pleased to be involved with the Edinburgh International Festival and with Paco Peña, as the arts are an excellent way to alert people to issues of poverty and social exclusion” says Neil Mitchison, Head of the European Commission Office in Scotland.

Paco Peña believes passionately in telling stories of social inclusion through the quintessentially Spanish genre of flamenco. "I am delighted that the premiere of Quimeras is part of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2010.
An association through Quimeras with the European Union’s Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, I hope, will further highlight the profoundly important ideas behind Paco’s work and their relevance to both local audiences and our international visitors.” Jonathan Mills, Festival Director.

June Burrough, Ambassador of the 2010 European Year for the UK and founding Director of The Pierian Centre Community Interest Company, will be present at the press conference on 1 September.