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European Union Cultural Weeks (Delhi, 22 Nov – 02 Dec)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 16, 2007

New Delhi, 16 November 2007: The European Union Member State missions and the Delegation of the European Commission in India, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), are staging major cultural events as part of “EU Cultural Weeks” in New Delhi from 22 November ? 02 December in the context of the 8th EU-India Summit being held in New Delhi on 30 November 2007.

The President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso and the Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Jose Socrates, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, assisted by the Secretary General / High Representative for the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, Mr. Javier Solana, will be coming to New Delhi to confer with the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and other political leaders at the 8th EU-India Summit. The EU-India Business Summit will be organised by the respective chambers of commerce on 29 November.

According to Ms Daniele Smadja, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to India, the overall objective of the EU Cultural Weeks is to reinforce the cultural component of the EU-India relations. This will be done by presenting to the Indian audience the European Union as a dynamic and contemporary entity with much shared heritage and culture, in addition to the distinct cultural identity and traditions of each of the Member States. The European Union and India, each in their own way, bring together in a vast geographical area a great diversity of people and cultures and the EU Cultural Weeks represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the wide-ranging, multi-faceted and vibrant relationship between us.”

As on previous occasions in 2003 and 2005, the EU Cultural Weeks offering is diverse and ranges from exhibitions to musical performances and film screenings. In all, there will be 35 different events including 12 exhibitions, 10 musical events, 11 film screenings and two talks organised as part of the EU Cultural Weeks. Almost all the Member States of the EU present in India are participating in the EU Cultural Weeks.

Each event will be unique – every time there is a different artist or a group of artists, playing or performing something different from others, and coming from different countries within the EU, perhaps speaking a different European language. What will connect them to their Indian audience will be their work, their art and their music.

Inauguration: The EU Cultural Weeks will be jointly inaugurated by the President of ICCR, Dr. Karan Singh, the Ambassador of Portugal, H.E. Mr. Luis Filipe Castro Mendes, and the Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission, H.E. Ms Daniele Smadja at the Mati Ghar gallery, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Janpath, New Delhi, on 21 November at 6.30 p.m. Entry is by invitation.

Exhibitions: Eight different exhibitions will be put up at the Mati Ghar gallery, IGNCA, by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech republic, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the European Commission. The exhibitions at Mati Ghar will remain open for public viewing from 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. from 22 Nov till 02 December.

Other venues in Delhi are also being used: the National Gallery of Modern Art (Romania), the British Council (UK), Rajiv Chowk metro station (Finland) and Lalit Kala Akademi (Portugal).

The works on display include paintings or graphics by European artists, works of European photographers, theatre architecture, ?phonescoping? and an exhibition that traces the history of maritime contacts between the EU and India, amongst others.

Music events: From 22 November to 1 December, every evening will bring a European musical treat to Delhi music fans. Most performances will take place at the Sri Sathya Sai auditorium : ?Dancing through Europe? by Poland (24 Nov, 6.30 p.m.), traditional folk dance and music by a six-member group from Bulgaria (27 Nov, 6.30 p.m.), Joint classical music concert (Concilium Musicum Wien and BdB duo) by Austria and Spain (29 Nov, 7.00 p.m.), Jazz band Saskia Laroo and group from the Netherlands (01 Dec, 06.30 p.m.) and a fusion musical event featuring Saskia Rao-De Hass (on Cello) and Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), followed by Sarangi recital by Kamal Sabri accompanied by dance performance by Giles Chuyen, staged by the Delegation of the European Commission (28 Nov, 6.30 p.m.). Hungarian Folk Music collected by Zoltan Kodaly (concert by Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Orchestra) will be staged at India International Centre (IIC) (26 Nov, 6.30 p.m.).

Cinema: Three Film screenings will be organised at IIC auditorium which include the film L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio) from Italy (23 Nov, 6.30 p.m.), Tha To Metaniossis (Think It Over) from Greece (27 Nov, 6.30 p.m.), and Alice from Portugal(30 Nov, 6.30 p.m.). The Slovenian film Poletje v skoljki (A Summer in a Sea-Shell) will be screened at the Alliance Francaise on 21 Nov at 11.00 a.m. and the Slovakian film Pasla kone na betone (She Kept Crying For The Moon) will be screened at the Slovak embassy auditorium on 22 Nov at 7.00 p.m.

The embassies of Hungary and Austria are presenting a series of six Austro-Hungarian Films that will be screened at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre from 24 ? 30 November.

Talks: The Embassy of Poland will organise a talk by renowned Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira on the ?Architecture of Álvaro Siza? (28 Nov, 3.30 p.m. at the School of Planning and Architecture) and the Embassy of Ireland will organise a talk on ?Gulliver’s Dublin? by Eamon Morrissey ? ?a personal exploration of the connections between the life and times of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver and contemporary Ireland? on 29 Nov at 7.00 p.m. at the Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre.

Further details are available at: www.delind.ec.europa.eu

(11/16/2007 – 06:51 | EUROPEAN UNION – Delegation of the European Commission to India, Bhutan and Nepal)

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