KSA Europe Month to daz­zle with con­certs, film fes­ti­vals and ex­hibits

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

A month-long se­ries of events to cel­e­brate Europe Month in Saudi Ara­bia 2018 will fea­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, fairs, con­cert and a film fes­ti­val.

The an­nual pro­gram, or­ga­nized by the EU del­e­ga­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Cul­ture and In­for­ma­tion and the em­bassies of EU coun­tries, be­gan with a chil­dren’s book fair at the King Fahd Cul­tural Cen­ter on Thurs­day evening, which was opened by Alexis Kon­stan­topou­los, charge d’af­faires at the EU del­e­ga­tion. The clos­ing cer­e­mony on May 10 will fea­ture a clas­si­cal-pi­ano con­cert by the dis­tin­guished Ital­ian pi­anist Sci­p­i­one San­gio­vanni.

Michele Cer­vone D’urso, head of the Riyadh-based EU del­e­ga­tion to the GCC, said on Thurs­day that the EU marks Europe Day on May 9 with cel­e­bra­tions for peace and unity.

“It is the day of the found­ing mo­ment of the EU in­te­gra­tion in 1950 and con­sid­ered as the first-ever of­fi­cial doc­u­ment paving the way for the birth of the Euro­pean Union, bring­ing 28 coun­tries and more than 500 mil­lion peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, lan­guages and be­liefs into one sin­gle po­lit­i­cal en­tity,” he said. Europe Month in Saudi Ara­bia was “an at­tempt to scale up the di­a­logue be­tween the peo­ple of the EU and the King­dom,” he added.

D’urso said that the King­dom was the first GCC coun­try to set up a ded­i­cated mis­sion to the EU in Brus­sels. “It showed the keen in­ter­est of the King­dom in main­tain­ing friendly re­la­tions with the EU coun­tries,” he said.

The cal­en­dar of events be­gins with a mu­si­cal con­cert at the res­i­dence of the French am­bas­sador on April 5, fol­lowed by a doc­u­men­tary film screen­ing at the em­bassy of the Nether­lands on April 10, a read­ing and sto­ry­telling evening at the Goethe In­sti­tute in Um Al Ham­mam on April 12, and a clas­si­cal-mu­sic con­cert at the res­i­dence of the Ital­ian am­bas­sador on April 13.

Another clas­si­cal mu­sic con­cert will be held at the res­i­dence of the Ger­man am­bas­sador on April 17. There will also be the Golden Fal­con film fes­ti­val at the Nether­lands em­bassy on April 17-18, a film screen­ing at the Ger­man em­bassy on April 18, an ex­hi­bi­tion on the Tatar com­mu­nity in Poland at the res­i­dence of Pol­ish am­bas­sador on April 19, a film screen­ing at the em­bassy of Hun­gary on April 22, a film screen­ing at the res­i­dence of the Bel­gian am­bas­sador on April 23, a film screen­ing at the Bri­tish em­bassy on April 26, a jazz-fu­sion con­cert at the res­i­dence of the Ger­man am­bas­sador on April 29 and at the Goethe In­sti­tute on April 30, and a film screen­ing at the em­bassy of Por­tu­gal on May 2.

There will also be a Saudi con­cep­tual-art event at the res­i­dence of the EU am­bas­sador on May 2 and a Europe Day cel­e­bra­tion at Tuwaiq Palace in the Diplo­matic Quar­ter on May 9 to mark the 68th an­niver­sary of the Schu­man Dec­la­ra­tion. The clos­ing cer­e­mony at the res­i­dence of the EU am­bas­sador on May 10 will fea­ture the clas­si­cal-pi­ano con­cert by the dis­tin­guished Ital­ian pi­anist Sci­p­i­one San­gio­vanni.

This year the choir of the Greek Cypriot School in Riyadh will per­form the EU an­them, which will be fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion.

D’urso said that the Saudi con­cep­tual artist Ab­dul Naser Al-Ghu­naim will make a pre­sen­ta­tion and live per­for­mance at the King­dom’s con­cep­tual-art event.

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