Sounds from "Songs of Longing" marked the EESC's 60th Anniversary

The cultural event to commemorate and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the EESC was undoubtedly a unique and memorable artistic performance, combining various elements of the culture and creative industry spectrum.

Organised in cooperation with La Monnaie Opera House, as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the "Songs of Longing", under the artistic direction of Airan Berg, hosted parts of the upcoming community project that will premiere at the end of June.

The performance consisted of three interwoven artistic ensembles, which included music, dance and theatre, underlining the role of culture for the present and future of Europe and highlighting the flagship message of the EU: "united in diversity".

As such, it also combined the various elements which make up the EESC's main area of focus: social policy and societal issues, economics and culture.

Professional artists, both upcoming and well-known ones, performed on the same stage, together with members of the artistic communities living and working in Brussels. They took the audience on a journey across our diverse cultural heritage, showing how it nurtures contemporary creativity; while driving hopes for a future based on joint humanity.

The "Songs of Longing" took place on Thursday 24 May at a crowded Albert Hall.

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