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European Union Cultural Weeks launched in Delhi with eight exhibitions under one roof…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 23, 2007

Press Release (P&I/2007/025)
New Delhi, 23 November 2007

The President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 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, jointly inaugurated the 3rd European Union Cultural Weeks at the Mati Ghar gallery at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here on Wednesday, 21 Nov. Eight different exhibitions which have been put up at the IGNCA as part of the EU Cultural Weeks were simultaneously launched on this occasion in the presence of many Ambassadors from the EU Member States.

3rd European Union Cultural Week in India (Logo 2007)

The EU Cultural Weeks in being held from 22 Nov – 02 Dec in the context of the EU-India Summit taking place in New Delhi on 30 Nov.

Dr. Karan Singh complimented the embassies of the EU Member States in India for bringing different show-pieces of European art, among them paintings, water colours, photographs, posters, and installations to India. Mr. Luis Mendes stressed the importance of EU Cultural Weeks in reinforcing the cultural dimension of the EU-India relations.

Ms D. Smadja said, “Culture and creativity are important drivers for personal development, social cohesion and economic growth. The EU and India are both blessed with extraordinary cultural richness and diversity. Cultural diversity is not only to be preserved and promoted within Europe; we also aim to promote cultural diversity in our international relations, as a contribution to sustainable development, peaceful coexistence and dialogue between cultures.

As on previous occasions in 2003 and 2005, the EU Cultural Weeks 2007 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 Cultural Weeks. Almost all the Member States of the EU present in India are participating in the Cultural Weeks.

Each event is 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.

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 – 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.

The Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Jose Socrates, will inaugurate the architecture exhibition of Alvaro Siza at the Lalit Kala Akademi on 30 Nov at 6.00 p.m.

Music events: From 22 November to 1 December, every evening is bringing 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 Sarangi recital by Kamal Sabri accompanied by a solo dance performance by Giles Chuyen followed by Saskia Rao-De Haas (on Cello) and Pt. Shubhendra Rao (Sitar), 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 školjki (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 Pásla kone na betóne (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 Portugal 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.

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