It’s another year to immerse in European arts and culture as the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines brings “Viva Europa 2014,” a European cultural summer experience from May to June organized by the EU Cultural Group in Manila.
This two-month festival of arts, music, dance, films, languages and poetry celebrates the “founding of the European Union, and to highlight the friendship and partnership between the EU and the Philippines.”
“Viva Europa, which is a part of the celebration of Europe Day, is something that we first started doing in Europe, celebrating with cultural events of different types. Over the years we’ve decided to extend it to different countries where the European Union has its embassies,” said Dr. Julian Vassalo, political counselor for the EU Embassy in the Philippines.
Besides the series of events individually organized by different embassies in the Philippines belonging in the EU, there are joint activities shared by the embassies in partnership with local institutions that further promote European culture.
Such events include the “Lakbayin Natin ang EU (Journey to EU!)” from May 20 to 23 at the Museo Pambata and other centers for children, which is a weeklong festivity of games, arts, crafts, films and language sessions.
The sixth Musica Europa choral competition will also take place at the Far Eastern University on May 23 and 24, showcasing European music from various choral groups in Manila and other regions.
There is also the European Culinary Season from May to June that allows Filipinos to feast on delectable European specialties in partnership with select hotels and restaurants. The Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, for example, has partnered with various Spanish restaurants like Barcino and Vask in Taguig City, as well as Tapella and Alba Restaurants in Makati City, to offer special promotions and live Spanish performances.
For film, the Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) Cine Club will hold screenings every Wednesday from May and June at the AFM auditorium.
For more information, log on to www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/philippines or follow EU Delegation to the Philippines on Facebook.