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Europe Day marked for the first time in Kuwait
May 12, 2018, 1:56 pm

Europe Day, celebrated annually on 9 May by the European Union (EU) member-states, was commemorated with spectacular and symbolic events for the first time in Kuwait, in the history of the cultural relations between EU states and Kuwait. This event was also organized during the first Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU to Kuwait, and in promotion of 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

On the occasion of Europe Day,  a concert was organized titled ‘European Days – United in Diversity’ in collaboration with National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) and the Ministry of Defense at the Abdulhussain Abdulridha Theatre, Salmiya on 28 April. The highlight of the program was a concert by the Kuwaiti Army Folk Band, along with an EU Music Group.

During the program, dancers in vibrant traditional costumes performed energetically to show off the beauty of cultural dances representing the different member states of the EU, and their diversity in steps practically illuminated the stage. The second part of the evening focused on the Musical Heritage of the EU states, with the audience enthralled by the grand performances.

In a similar note, a classical music concert featuring renowned classical music pieces, especially from Bulgaria, was held at the Gulf University for Science and Technology’s auditorium on 5 May. Headlining the concert was soprano Anna Karadimitrova and guest tenor Boyko Tzvetanov from Bulgaria, accompanied by Preslav Petkov on the clarinet and Mariana Mircheva on the piano. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, as well as European and local community members.

The program showcased beautiful classical works from renowned music maestros of Europe, including pieces from Beethoven, Franz Lehars, Gioacchino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini and Gaetano Donizetti among others.

As part of the historic celebrations, an EU Cultural Heritage Exhibition is currently being held at The Avenues 2nd Phase, which will end on 15 May. 

Photos Courtesy Mahmoud Ragab

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