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Europe Day 2020: Ode to Joy

08/05/2020 - 04:42
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For many years, the Dooring Street Quartet performed at the Europe Day event in Canberra. Musicians Imogen Thompson and Helena Popovic couldn’t imagine not taking part in the online celebrations of 2020.

The Canberra-based musicians got together to perform a special rendition of the European Union anthem 'Ode to Joy'. Click the video below to hear their performance.

Classical musicwas a feature of the virtual Europe Day 2020 celebrations around the world. The Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna hosted the 'Together as One' livestream concert. It featured 9 artists from across Europe performing a melody medley of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in different genres in 9 minutes.

Watch the teaser video here: 

Tune in to see the full version from 40 minutes ...


Japanese jazz pianist George Nagata, Nigerian singer Chineze Okeke, the Uzbekistan Youth Symphonic Orchestra and top classical musicians from South Korea - these are just some of the performers who took part in Europe Day celebrations around the world.

Check out all the performances on the EEAS website here.

In Argentina, Latin Vox Machine, an orchestra of 60 migrant musicians based in Buenos Aires, performed a special rendition of the EU anthem. Watch below.

About Europe Day

On the 9th of May 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his historic proposal for an integrated European coal and steel community, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration," is considered to be the founding document of what is now the European Union. Each year, the European Union Delegation to Australia hosts a celebration to mark Europe Day.

By establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) on 25 March 1957 in Rome, the EU founding fathers laid the foundations for something greater: an ever closer union that binds together the peoples of Europe in peace, prosperity and solidarity through the four freedoms – the free movement of people, goods services and capital.  These treaties brought peace, prosperity and security to millions of people in Europe.

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