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Europe Day 2014: Closing Ceremony

26 May 2014

On 24 May, several formal and cultural events were scheduled on the occasion of Europe Day Information Week closing ceremony. During the media briefing, Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea and several EU member states Ambassadors and Representatives held welcoming speeches. Ambassador Traian Hristea: ‘I am happy to see so many people gathered here to share with us this celebration. We opened the Europe Day Information Week on 17 May in Gyumri, showing our determination to develop our cooperation with Armenia not only in the capital, but also in other regions of the country. Schuman declaration played a significant role in the lives of European nations: this way they all united and were able to cope with decade-long artificial division. 2014 is a significant year for all of us. Ten years ago we had the pleasure to include ten new members in our European family. This enlargement made the European Union the world’s largest single market and made us richer and stronger. Apart from this the accession to the Union realised the dreams of those people living behind the Iron Curtain. Today you have the opportunity to take part in numerous cultural, informational and educational events and learn more about Europe in innovative ways. I encourage you to explore, experience and ex

press together with all of us’. After the Ambassadors’ speeches, a question and answer session with journalists began, within the framework of which they had the opportunity to discuss the Europe Day related topics with the Ambassadors. Then an official stamp cancellation of “Europa” stamp series issued by “Haypost” took place. Two new “Europa” post stamps featured Armenian musical instruments: zurna and pku.

During the information fair organised at the Freedom Square all the guests had the opportunity to learn about more than 60 EU-funded projects concerning education, environment, culture, fighting poverty, migration issues and many more. The representatives of all the projects were present to talk to the participants on details of their projects and provided them with informational leaflets. Petra Hultman, who had a masterclass on city centre remapping earlier during Europe Day Information Week, presented works of participants and invited the guests to create the layout of their city centre in the cultural events booth.
Meanwhile, representatives of European Embassies and communities in Armenia presented elements of their national culture: there was an English tea party with traditional cookies, where even the “queen” was present; representatives of Czech Republic Embassy treated the guests with traditional beer snacks. Greek and Polish communities in Armenia performed national dances and songs.
The closing ceremony continued with concert featuring European and Armenian. First, “Tmba-Ta” orchestra performed with British musician Daniel Waples. Following, DJ Pixie from Germany had a set of Balkan tunes. Later an Armenian musician Miqayel Voskanyan musician played Armenian instrument called “tar”, accompanied by his band.
Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea gave a speech and thanked all the guests for their interest and enthusiasm. He summed up the online quiz organised within the Europe Day Information Week and announced the winners. The participant who received the highest amount of points and got the first prize – the bicycle, was Hrant Khachatryan. Second prize, a skateboard, went to Irina Safaryan.
Despite the unexpected rain and wind, the spectators did not leave the square and kept enjoying the concert. Main star of the evening, Luka Nizetic, a singer from Croatia which is the new EU member state, performed some of his songs, and also sang a Croatian song and a few covers in a duet with an Armenian singer Marine Hakobyan.

Europe Day 2014: Closing Ceremony

On 24 May, several formal and cultural events were scheduled on the occasion of Europe Day Information Week closing ceremony. During the media briefing, Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea and several EU member states Ambassadors and Representatives held welcoming speeches. Ambassador Traian Hristea: ‘I am happy to see so many people gathered here to share with us this celebration. We opened the Europe Day Information Week on 17 May in Gyumri, showing our determination to develop our cooperation with Armenia not only in the capital, but also in other regions of the country. Schuman declaration played a significant role in the lives of European nations: this way they all united and were able to cope with decade-long artificial division. 2014 is a significant year for all of us. Ten years ago we had the pleasure to include ten new members in our European family. This enlargement made the European Union the world’s largest single market and made us richer and stronger. Apart from this the accession to the Union realised the dreams of those people living behind the Iron Curtain. Today you have the opportunity to take part in numerous cultural, informational and educational events and learn more about Europe in innovative ways. I encourage you to explore, experience and ex

press together with all of us’. After the Ambassadors' speeches, a question and answer session with journalists began, within the framework of which they had the opportunity to discuss the Europe Day related topics with the Ambassadors. Then an official stamp cancellation of "Europa" stamp series issued by “Haypost” took place. Two new "Europa" post stamps featured Armenian musical instruments: zurna and pku.

During the information fair organised at the Freedom Square all the guests had the opportunity to learn about more than 60 EU-funded projects concerning education, environment, culture, fighting poverty, migration issues and many more. The representatives of all the projects were present to talk to the participants on details of their projects and provided them with informational leaflets. Petra Hultman, who had a masterclass on city centre remapping earlier during Europe Day Information Week, presented works of participants and invited the guests to create the layout of their city centre in the cultural events booth. Meanwhile, representatives of European Embassies and communities in Armenia presented elements of their national culture: there was an English tea party with traditional cookies, where even the “queen” was present; representatives of Czech Republic Embassy treated the guests with traditional beer snacks. Greek and Polish communities in Armenia performed national dances and songs. The closing ceremony continued with concert featuring European and Armenian. First, “Tmba-Ta” orchestra performed with British musician Daniel Waples. Following, DJ Pixie from Germany had a set of Balkan tunes. Later an Armenian musician Miqayel Voskanyan musician played Armenian instrument called “tar”, accompanied by his band. Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea gave a speech and thanked all the guests for their interest and enthusiasm. He summed up the online quiz organised within the Europe Day Information Week and announced the winners. The participant who received the highest amount of points and got the first prize - the bicycle, was Hrant Khachatryan. Second prize, a skateboard, went to Irina Safaryan. Despite the unexpected rain and wind, the spectators did not leave the square and kept enjoying the concert. Main star of the evening, Luka Nizetic, a singer from Croatia which is the new EU member state, performed some of his songs, and also sang a Croatian song and a few covers in a duet with an Armenian singer Marine Hakobyan.