Celebrating the best of European and Filipino culture through music, film, and art

The month-long Viva Europa 2022 event in the Philippines showcased European heritage through the arts and created space for intercultural dialogue

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Throughout the month of May, the EU Delegation to the Philippines (EUD) hosted a series of events facilitating cultural diversity and exchange. A festival held annually since 2010, Viva Europa showcases heritage with live music, poetry, film, and more while uniting Europeans and Filipinos with a shared love for the arts.

A special lights display launched Viva Europa 2022 on 8 May. Blue and yellow colours illuminated the De La Salle University facade, Rizal Monument, and the Musical Dancing Fountain at Rizal Park in Manila to symbolise the longstanding symbiotic relationship the EU and the Philippines share.

EU Member States Spain and Italy hosted independent events throughout the month, including a flute concert, architecture webinar, and film screening. France took a different approach with “The Night of Ideas,” bringing French, Italian, Romanian, and Filipino cultural institutions together to engage in dialogue about how art, cinema, and society persisted throughout the pandemic.

Other events celebrating years of vibrant partnership brought participants together based on a shared passion for literary art. The Bersong Europinoy Poetry Festival was hosted virtually on 27 May, with EU representatives and renowned award-winning poets reciting pieces with an underlying theme of togetherness. A recording remains available for public viewing on the EUD’s Facebook.

On 28 May, the Musica FEUROPA Choral Festival was hosted virtually in partnership with Far Eastern University for the 13th year, emphasising Europe’s and the Philippines’ shared cultural values. The prestigious choral competition has come a long way from a small local event, and it is now a leading platform for talented Filipino choral groups to showcase their vocal prowess. A recording of the event remains available for public viewing on Musica FEUropa’s Facebook page.

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Viva Europa 2022 drew to a close with the ending of a EuroArt Exhibition titled Ebb and Flow: A Return to Nature. Incredible marine-inspired pieces were showcased by renowned European and Filipino artists throughout the month of May, inviting viewers to meditate upon water’s importance to life and the shared responsibility to protect this global resource in the face of issues such as marine pollution.

Viva Europa 2022 was designed under the slogan “Sama-Sama Together!” and highlighted the Philippines’ importance as a cultural partner of the EU. Reaching over 260,000 viewers across social media channels, it is hoped that the relationships forged through art will strengthen intercultural relationships and foster peace between regions.

The festival drew the attention of several leading media platforms, including CNN, Philstar, and Tatler.

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