From May 5 to 20, 2012, Brasília hosted an extensive cultural, sportive and gastronomic program organized by EUNIC in Brazil and the European Union’s member countries, which every year promote the EUROPEAN WEEK.
Brazil’s capital city hosted already the eighth edition of the event this year, with a film festival, sport matches, lectures, seminars, concerts, recitals, and the traditional bazaar, as well as a homage to writer Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic. The celebrations extended to Rio de Janeiro, which received the European Film Festival for the first time.
The 8th EUROPEAN WEEK called for a global effort FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD. This theme pervaded all activities.
THE EUROPEAN WEEK was first organized in 2005 for the purpose of celebrating Europe Day, 9 May 1950. The date was conceived after French statesman Robert Schuman proposed the creation of a supranational European entity. The proposal, known as the Schuman Declaration, is considered the embryo of the current European Union. Europe Day or European Union Day is celebrated every year to recall that event.
The rotating Presidency of the European Union during the first half of 2012 is being held by Denmark, which upholds the union of strengths, cooperation among the European countries; EUROPEAN WEEK is part of that effort.
The event is being implemented by EUNIC Brazil, together with the German Embassy, Goethe-Zentrum Brasília, Austrian Embassy, Belgian Embassy, British Council, Cultura Inglesa, Croatian Embassy, Danish Embassy, Cultural Institute of Denmark, Slovakian Embassy, Spanish Embassy, Instituto Cervantes, Finish Embassy, French Embassy, Alliance Française, Dutch Embassy, Irish Embassy, Italian Embassy, Polish Embassy, Portuguese Embassy, Instituto Camões, Czech Embassy, and Swedish Embassy and sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union and TAP.
For more information please consult: www.semanadaeuropa.org.br