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EUROPEAN DAY CELEBRATIONS 2012 • Ian
EUROPEAN DAY CELEBRATIONS 2012
EUROPEAN DAY is celebrated throughout the European Union on 9th May each year.
This year, European Day falls on a Wednesday, and whilst we shall celebrate in the main Plaza de Constitución in Torrevieja throughout the morning of Wednesday 9th May, other events are planned over the preceding weekend.
Starting off on during the early evening of SUNDAY 6th May, in the auditorium of the Palacio de la Música and commencing at 19.00h, the visiting Welsh ladies of “CÔR SERENATA” choir will take to the stage to offer us a taste of their music from the “Land of Song”. Based in Port Talbot, Wales, this ladies choir was formed only as recently as 2009 but already boasts over 50 members and a host of successful concerts, even including prestigious television appearances on nationwide BBC! Well accustomed to raising much needed funds for charity, the amiable Welsh songsters have chosen to donate the 3 Euros admission charge to this concert to local charity “Alimentos Solidarios”.
The following day, on the evening of MONDAY 7th May at 20.30h, the specially formed “European All-Stars International Jazz Band” will take to the stage of the Palacio de la Música to offer ‘home grown’ international jazz music. The band, whose members represent distinct European nationalities resident in Torrevieja, was especially formed a ‘one-off’ concert to celebrate last year’s ‘EU DAY’. Such was the success of this concert and due to pubic demand, the band has been reformed for this year and promise to offer a musical treat which is truly international as well as home-grown ‘torrevejense’! All of the musicians are local residents albeit hailing from various parts of Europe. Admission to this special European Day concert is a reasonable 5€ and can be obtained in advance from the municipal ticket office (11.00h to 13.00h Tuesday to Friday inclusive) or ‘on the door’ from two hours before the concert starts.
Meanwhile, over the weekend and in the ‘Jardin del Mediterraneo’ park, other European residents will be fighting for honours in the “10th Annual International (European Day)” petanca tournament. Because of increased demand, the tournament will take place over two days with the prize giving ceremony scheduled for around 14.00h on Sunday 8th May.
From 10.30h on Wednesday 9th May in the Plaza de la Constitución, Scottish piper, WILLE HUME’ will announce the start of the EUROPEAN DAY celebrations.
At 11.00h , the traditional civic act will take place with the presence of the Mayor of Torrevieja, Don. Eduardo Dolon Sanchez. This, of course, will be the first time that Eduardo has presided over the EU day celebrations as Mayor. Eduardo will be joined by representatives of the local European community who will offer their own interventions before the official raising of the E.U. flag to the ‘Hymn to Europe’.
European entertainment continues throughout the morning of 9th May in the main town square with a performance of Sevillanas dancing by a group of French visitors! Dance group, “DUENDE ANDALUZ” has coincided its annual visit to Torrevieja to coincide, inevitably, with our spectacular “Feria de Mayo” which will be inaugurated later during the same day. Following on in the lineup of Euro entertainment will be an unusual mixture of folk music offered by Eugen Nagy, a well known Rumanian guitarist who is accompanied by his Greek colleague who plays the rarely seen Greek stringed instrument, the Bouzouki.
For the first time in a European Day celebration, and coordinating the morning’s events will be the “RADIO TKOROADSHOW”. Yes, ‘live’ English language radio broadcast from the main town square of Torrevieja!
The ‘European Day’ celebrations in the town centre will end at around 13.30h.
This year’s EUROPEAN DAY celebrations, as every year promise to be extremely entertaining provided, as always, the weather is kind to us. All ‘European Day’ events are open to the public and Europeans of all nations, are warmly invited to join in this special celebration.
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