‘Celebrating Diversity’ Europe Day event at the Villa Rundle Gardens

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‘Celebrating Diversity’ Europe Day event at the Villa Rundle Gardens‘Celebrating Diversity’ was the name of this morning’s event organised by the Europe Direct Information Centre – Victoria, Gozo and held at the Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria.

The event was held as part of the activities for Europe Day, which is celebrated in May.

A varied programme of entertainment and events took place, starting with the introduction made by Michael Grech, President Gozo Business Chamber, Martin Bugelli, Head of Commission Representation in Malta and Victor Galea, the Gozo College Principal.‘Celebrating Diversity’ Europe Day event at the Villa Rundle GardensMs Lola Evans Pepin and Mr David Sumber spoke about their experiences of moving to live in Gozo and this was followed by a Discussion with a group of School Children under the Chairmanship of Mr Martin Bugelli, Head of Commission Representation in Malta

A colourful entertainment programme continued the through the morning with Academia Alegria – Flamenco Spanish Dance, the Mnarja Folk Group – Maltese Traditional Dance, Spiro Sillato – Greek Traditional songs, Rebecca Bonello – Italian Traditional songs and Ta’ Seguna – Maltese Traditional Music.‘Celebrating Diversity’ Europe Day event at the Villa Rundle GardensGames and traditional food tasting from different countries closed the morning’s event.

Europe Day is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. There are two separate designations of Europe Day – the 5th of May for the Council of Europe and the 9th of May for the European Union.

The Council of Europe was founded on the 5th of May 1949. This date was chosen for its celebrations when the holiday was established in 1964. In 1985, the European Communities (later to become EU) adopted the European symbols of the Council of Europe and then decided to hold its Europe Day on the 9th of May, memorial of the Schuman Declaration of 1950.

On the 9th of May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries.

This proposal, known as the ‘Schuman declaration.’ is considered to be the act that created what is now known as the European Union.

Photographs by Alain Salvary

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