The Delegation of the EU to Canada, in close cooperation with the missions of EU countries, promotes European culture year-round through a number of well-established public diplomacy activities. These events have been effective in increasing the knowledge and understanding of the EU and its relations with Canada.
Each 9 May Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe as it marks the anniversary of the historic 1950 Schuman Declaration, which set out a vision for a new form of European political cooperation which sought to make war between European nations unthinkable. Europe Day is celebrated in Ottawa and in other major Canadian cities.
European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26 September each year. The Delegation, together with EU countries and local public school boards, organises mini-language classes and country-specific displays in Ottawa, among other activities.
European Union Film Festival
Every year, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) gives Canadians from coast to coast — Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City — a chance to experience Europe's diverse and rich film heritage.
Whether highlighting historic events, political subjects or personal dilemmas, European films are intellectually stimulating and culturally engaging.
The festival runs for 2 weeks in late November/early December, with the exception of Quebec City where it is held in May. It is organised by the Delegation, the Diplomatic Missions and cultural institutes of EU countries in cooperation with Canadian film industry partners.
European Union Christmas Concert
Since 2008, the Delegation, together with EU countries and local choirs, has organised a Christmas concert showcasing the very best of European Christmas carols. The event, held at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, has become a Christmas tradition drawing more than 1 500 people.