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Europe Day 2017
Europe Day, held on 9 May every year, celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman's proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
The "birthday" of 2017 is a very special one for Europe. This year marks two other important anniversaries: 60 years from the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundation stone of the EU, and 30 years of Erasmus, the Programme that allowed millions of young students to study and live across Europe.
To mark this recurrence, the European Commission Representation in Malta, in collaboration with the European Parliament Information Office, the Presidency Unit and other strategic partners, is organising a number of activities from the 7th until the 14th of May.
- Family afternoon at Villa Rundle, Gozo
Sunday 7 May, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Organised in clollaboration with the Europe Direct Information Office in Gozo and the European Parliament Information office in Malta (EPIO), this will be an afternoon of fun and cultural activities including music, dance, food tasting from different EU countries, games and quizzes for all the family. Learn more here.
Malta Philarmonic Orchestra & International Spring Orchestra in Concert, Valletta
Tuesday 9 May, 7:30pm, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The two orchestras will be jointly performing for the first time in Malta Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The concert will be followed by a standing reception for distinguished guests and the general public. This event is carried out in collaboration with the Presidency Unit, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta, the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, the International Spring Orchestra and the Malta Arts Council.
The Citizens's Orchestra's Ode to Joy
Sunday 14 May, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, 7:30pm. The audience's take on the Ode to Joy, one of the movements of Beethoven's 9th Symphony! The Citizens' Orchestra, a 500-strong ensemble made up of players of all ages and skill levels, will be directed by the world renown conductor Tim Steiner. Large screens will be set up outside the Theatre so as to enable a larger audience to participate in the event
Europe birthDay Online Contest
Online competition running until Tuesday 9 May on the Representation's Facebook page. Answer the three simple questions listed in the post, write your own birthday card for the EU and you could be the winner of a tablet, a set of cordless headphones and a bluetooth speaker!