EU launches cultural festival in the Philippines

Viva Europa 2022 poster. From the EU Delegation to the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) has launched a cultural festival in the country comprising several on-site and online events aimed at highlighting the ties and shared cultural values ​​between the world’s largest trading bloc and the Philippines .

The festival, dubbed “Viva Europa 2022”, is taking place this month in commemoration of Europe Day, which celebrates “peace and unity” in Europe, according to a statement from the EU delegation to the Philippines released on Monday.

The EU Delegation to the Philippines also said festival attendees can expect to experience “the best in poetry, visual arts, music, film, architecture and the sharing of ideas “.

“Viva Europa 2022 aims to highlight the partnership, friendship and shared cultural values ​​between the EU and the Philippines under the bilateral partnership and cooperation agreement,” he added.

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron said the festival provided an “opportunity to signify the partnership and friendship between the EU and the Philippines”.

The festival was born out of cooperation between the EU Delegation to the Philippines, the embassies of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain and the Instituto Cervantes in Manila, Ireland, France, and the Alliance française de Manila, from Italy through the Philippines -Italian Association, Hungary, Austria, Poland, as well as the University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Far East, according to the declaration of the EU.

Cultural events

On May 18, the Italian Association of the Philippines and the Politecnico di Milano will organize a free webinar on “Architectural heritage as an expression of the identity of local communities”.

On May 21, the Film Institute of UP Diliman, with the support of the Italian Embassy in Manila and in partnership with the Italian Association of the Philippines, will reopen its Cine Adarna “to celebrate the centenary of the great Pier Paolo Pasolini”, the EU says the delegation.

“The program will include the – free – outdoor screening of Accatone (‘The Scrounger’)”, he added.

As part of the festival, a visual arts exhibition titled “Ebb and Flow: Return to Nature” will also be held from May 20 to 31 at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.

According to the EU statement, the exhibition will feature the works of European and Filipino artists, who “have joined forces to show their advocacy for the preservation of water and marine resources through painting and sculpture”. .

“[T]The exhibition saw the participation of Louis Dumont (Belgium), René Reitier (Germany), César Caballero (Spain), Henri Eteve (France), Viviana Riccelli (Italy), Radha Makitalo (Finland), Jeanette Kamphuis (Sweden), Romania Diaz (Philippines and Italy), Fara Manuel Nolasco, Kizel Cotiw-an and Ramon Diaz (Philippines),” the EU delegation said.

Meanwhile, a traditional choral festival called “Musica FEUropa” will be broadcast live from May 21 to 28 on Facebook.

Another event, “Night of Ideas,” will bring together cultural institutions and film professionals from France, Italy, Romania and the Philippines “to exchange ideas and talk about how the arts, film and society have survived the pandemic and continue to thrive in the context of the new environment.

It will be livestreamed from 7-9 p.m. on Facebook on May 26.

Another program of European and Filipino poetry will also take place on May 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Poets from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria and Poland will participate in the event along with Filipino poets from the University of Santo Tomas .

“This year, the Italian poetry festival La Punta della Lingua will once again join the Bersong Euro-Pinoy poetry recital. Bersong Euro-Pinoy will be streamed live on the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to the Philippines,” the EU statement read.


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