The EESC organises cultural events to draw larger audiences into the debates that are at the heart of its work, to highlight the European dimension of an artist's work or to shine a light on lesser-known European artists worth discovering outside national borders. The 2019 programme has something for everyone.
Under the leadership of members Martina Širhalová (Employers), Dirk Bergrath (Workers) and Indrė Vareikytė (Diversity Europe) (left to right in the photo), who currently make up the Culture sub-committee, the EESC stages art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, live performances and many other events.
Cultural events planned for the first six months of 2019 include the exhibition What's "old" anyway? Staying creative after retirement; a live performance by Italian mezzo soprano Valentina Volpe, one of the most popular contenders in Europa Nostra's #Ode2Joy Challenge (21 February); a screening of The man who mends women, dedicated to 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege (6 March), combined with an open debate, and Kindred Spirits, an exhibition of photographs by Dutch recycling artist Suzanne Jongmans to be displayed in conjunction with the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference (6-7 March).
Through these events, often developed in partnership with cultural organisations and other entities, the EESC wishes to highlight its political priorities and raise awareness about issues that impact European society.(ck/dm)