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Celebrating Europe in spectacular style on 9th May in Place Bargemon

Celebrating Europe in spectacular style on 9th May in Place Bargemon

As part of Marseille-Provence European Capital of Culture 2013, Europe Day will take place, as it does every year, on 9th May, but this year it will have special significance.

Poster for the “Europe draws itself” exhibition

If the traditional theme for Europe Day is part of the “European Year of Citizens”, there can be no doubt that it will have a very cultural resonance in Marseille in its year as European Capital of Culture 2013. Proof of this lies in the city’s “Europe loves culture” message.

In fact, Thursday 9th May will be an opportunity to transform Villeneuve Bargemon Square into a real “Garden of Europe” with tables and chairs under the trees, all surrounded by tall masts, four metres high, bearing the famous star-studded flag alongside the medley of flags from twenty-seven countries. This outdoor space will be entirely devoted to information, the free exchange of ideas and a variety of activities for the general public, who will also be able to see the “Europe draws itself” exhibition, that is, Europe seen through the eyes of fifty cartoonists, in Pavillon M from 4th to 16th May. As Cyril Robin-Champigneul, head of the regional representation of the European Commission in France explains: “On this day, events will be hosted by many young people, whether doing civic service or European Voluntary Service, coming together from all over Europe to help make Marseille-Provence 2013 happen. The programme will include: collective actions - flash mob-style, a brass band, fun eco-citizen activities, including on the water at the Old Port, meetings, round tables, cultural workshops, concerts and shows. Consuls from European countries stationed in Marseille will also be very involved with this event”.

A glittering array of partners and supporters

Organised every year by Eurocircle, this celebration of Europe labelled Marseille-Provence 2013, will be conducted in partnership with the Regional Representation of the European Commission based in Marseille, the City of Marseille and MP 2013. Note that this event has received support from the Region, the Regional Directorate of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion, the General Council of the Bouches-du-Rhône, the European Parliament and the Goethe Institute. “As we are right in the middle of the European Year of Citizens, we will educate the public about being a European citizen in Marseille, we will also talk about free movement, our rights and the policies of the European Union”, says Cyril Robin Champigneul.

The aim of this initiative is to try to understand what Europe means to the general public, who often perceive it as being more burdensome than beneficial. With the unusually high visibility conferred on this event by the year 2013, which, furthermore, takes place on a public holiday (Ascension Thursday), that task could become a little easier. And why not?


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