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May celebration fever!

May celebration fever!


This year, Europe Day on 9 May will spill over into a whole month of 50th anniversary celebrations.

Throughout May itself, the emphasis will be on the richness of European culture, with Cyprus and Lithuania taking the lead.

In Cyprus, the ‘Europe fair’ will explore the theme of maximising Europe’s potential, A similar event in Lithuania, celebrating the country’s third year in the EU, will include art and cultural exhibits and culinary delights.

In Hungary and Germany the focus will be on our European identity and how the EU affects our everyday life. Fifty different locations will host public debates in both countries, and over 1 000 people will gather to share their ideas on what it means to be European.

After visiting the corridors of EU power, a team of young photographers have created an exhibition of 60 photographs of the European parliament buildings in Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Brussels. The Brussels seat of the parliament will host the exhibition from 5-16 May, after which it will move to Strasbourg for 21-24 May.

Slovenia’s take on the celebrations is a little more active. More than 20 000 high school students will dance their way into the Guinness Book of Records at this year's biggest ever quadrille dance parade.

Taking up the environmental theme, Latvia is taking part in the ‘Green Wave’, a tree planting initiative for a sustainable Europe.

Perhaps you can be tempted by a scenic walk in the city of Luxembourg, taking in Robert Schuman’s birthplace and other significant locations in the history of European integration.

Events are also taking place outside the EU – information days in the Ukraine, for example, will include children' games, quizzes and a drawing competition on the EU.

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