Europe Day celebrations to feature the presidential symphony orchestra, songs about peace by Syrian children choir and a "Faces of Turkey" photo contest

Europe Day celebrations to feature the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, songs about peace by Syrian children choir and a "Faces of Turkey" photo contest

This year’s Europe Day celebrations will feature a series of unique events.


- A Polyphonic Musical Feast in Ankara on 9 May.


The first in a series of Europe Day events will be held on 9 May in Ankara at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Hall. The Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, will host a reception with the attendance of  distinguished guests and representatives of foreign missions.


A concert by the Presidential Symphony Orchestra led by Conductor Rengim Gökmen, performances from Tenor Ayhan Uştuk of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet and renowned European singer Sandra Pires will take place. 


Also during the evening, Ambassador Berger will award the winners of the “Faces of Turkey” photography competition with a photocamera and trip to the "Rencontres de la Photographie" Photography Festival to France. 


Syrian Refugee Children taking the Stage for Peace in Istanbul on 12 May.


The major highlight of the celebrations on 12 May will be a choir featuring refugee children who live in Hatay since fleeing the conflict in Syria. The refugee children, who came together under the roof of the Antakya Civilizations Choir, will perform songs based on the theme of peace, in Turkish, English and Arabic.


Ms. Pires will also be performing in Istanbul, accompanied by well-known pianist Tuluğ Tırpan.


But that's not all! Guests attending the reception in Istanbul, which will be held following the concert at the Palais de France in the Beyoğlu district, will be greeted by two chefs, Danilo Zanna and Wilco van Herpen, famous European faces from the show “From Europe to Anatolia, On the Trail of Natural Delights”.



A country-wide celebration 

Europe Day will also be celebrated in 18 cities in Turkey (Antalya, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Edirne, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Istanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Sivas, Trabzon and Van), in partnership with the EU Information Centres Network. Europe Day guests will have the opportunity to attend concerts, cycling festivals, seminars, biennials, children's film screenings and exhibitions in these locations. These events are part of an increasing number of activities organized in Turkey for the celebration of Europe Day.



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What is 9 May Europe Day?

9 May is the day on which Europe Day is celebrated. On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the French Foreign Minister at the time, published the “Schuman Declaration, a treatise that laid out a vision for Europe and prescribed the institutions that would be necessary for its implementation. This marked the beginning of the century’s most ambitious project for peace – what we know today as the European Union. This new beginning is celebrated as Europe Day across the world.

All concerts will be streamed live on the Delegation of EU to Turkey’s YouTube channel and Faceook page

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