09 May, 2011
“Blue night” raises European awareness through art and music
On 7 May, the UEF Italy and JEF Italy in Forli, in collaboration with the Youth Committee for Europe of Possidente and the UEF Bulgaria, celebrated the Europe Day with the event “Blue Night“, aiming to raise young people’s European awareness and encourage their involvement in European issues through art and music. With activities in Forli and Possidente in Italy and Sofia in Bulgaria, federalists managed to reach out to more than 20 000 people.
In addition to various performances there were debates organised dealing with current issues - EU future: the crisis in North Africa, the advent of the right in Finland, the expulsion of Roma from France, the need for a common foreign policy, the role of the Spinelli Group in the European Parliament, the need for a European government. In Bulgaria at "Dada Cultural Bar” in Sofia, informal debate “European citizenship - European consciousness” was organised with the participation of Andrey Kovatchev MEP and UEF Vice-President and Christian Wenning, UEF Secretary-General. By commenting photos, artworks and videos they clearly showed that a federal Europe is the answer to the key concerns of the European citizens. The programme included a small exhibition performed by some young artists involved in the event and a music concert as well. In Italy, debate was held with the participation of Gianni Pittella, Vice-President of the European Parlament in Possidente and with Pier-Virgilio Dastoli, President of the Italian Council of the European Movement in Forli. “Blue Night 2011“ has been organised for the last three years and this year the work of the UEF Italy section in Forli was awarded with the medal of merit sent by the Italian Republic President, Giorgio Napolitano. Gianfranco Brusaporci, Secretary of UEF Italy in Forli (Movimento Federalista Europeo – MFE Forli) expressed his hopes, that the project “Blue Night” would spread next years and other UEF and JEF sections all over Europe would join the event.