Europe Day - 9 May 2011
TransEuropa, a transnational Festival of Culture, Politics and Art which "promotes democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation" took place on 8 May in the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to celebrate Europe Day. The festival features events in 12 cities simultaneously, and Edinburgh participated this year for the first time. The programme focused on a number of topics of European interest, with guests ranging from politicians to musicians and historians who discussed a wide spread of issues such as European music and songs, storytelling, oral history, and cultural and national identity. The European Parliament Information Office in Edinburgh took also part in this event in the form of a public display stand.
The LUX Prize was established in 2007 as a tangible symbol of the European Parliament's commitment to the European film industry and its creative endeavours. Since then, the European Parliament casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. Beyond the stories they tell, these films explore and question European shared values and address cross-border concerns such as immigration, justice, solidarity, public freedoms and fundamentals rights.
The first screening took place at 14.00 on Sunday 8 May at the Glasgow Film Theatre, in conjunction with the Goethe Institut. It was followed by a lively and interesting Q&A session on the film and issues raised by it with panellists including David Martin MEP and Smina Akhtar, Director of the Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre in Glasgow. The second screening was also on Sunday 8th May but at 18.00 and at Edinburgh Filmhouse.