Patio of the Nations, Hospital Real
11.00-12.00 AM CET, 9th May 2021
Opening: Hoisting of the flag of Europe. (Hymn of Europe performed by the string quartet)
Inauguration: of “The Patio of the Nations”.
To see the text of the speeches, click on the name of the speaker.
The ERASMUS programme, since its origins, has allowed international cultural exchange to millions of people, only the last three years, 2017-2020, of the previous ERASMUS+ programme, more than two million people have participated in it, from all over Europe and countries in the rest of the world.
COVID-19 with no doubt represents a critical turning point.
There’s no doubt that these sudden shifts in the education sector have inspired the rethinking of traditional education structures in general. Changes that would have been widely inconceivable pre-pandemic have been forced through due to necessity.
In the meantime, COVID-19 continues to demonstrate the importance of education. The work of scientists and academics in the field of medicine now has a very obvious relevance for people. The result of this increased attention may be greater awareness of developments in this field in the future, and a renewed appreciation for the work of researchers in general.
We cannot say the war against the pandemic is over, but the enemy is retreating.
Slowly but progressively, we are starting to get back to normal. National and Erasmus international students are back in our classrooms. Our schools are thriving with life, and a feeling of emotional rebirth has just begun.
Today, we have a chance to reflect on what that solidarity that Schuman advocated has built and what we hope to achieve in the future.
It is also a chance to make us, Europeans, feel even more strongly that we are part of something bigger.
Performance Nova Mvsica choir with string quartet
Gaudeamus Igitur, Anonymous*.
Matona Mia Cara, Orlando di Lasso
Il est Bel et Bon, Pierre Passereau
Sarao de la Chacona, Juan Arañés
Quartet solo: Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, Luigi Boccherini
Quartet and choir perform
Canticorum Jubilo, G.F. Handel
Brindis, W.A. Mozart * Brindis, W.A. Mozart *
Closing (duration approx. 7 minutes)
Quartet and Choir perform Ode to Joy, L. van Beethoven. (Arr. E. Hodges / J. Knapicius / E. Gallardo)
*: With string quartet
For more information about the musical works and the choir, click the following URL: Notes for the program of Europe Day 2021