European Dream Festival, New York (September 20 - October 31)

New York—May 9, 2006: For six weeks this fall (September 20–October 31), thousands of New Yorkers will be able to enjoy the first ever European Dream Festival, a celebration of the leading creative voices and cutting-edge artistic visions in performing arts, literature and film from across an expanding Europe.

"I am very pleased to see a European cultural festival in New York that reflects Europe's current trend towards unification as well as its rich diversity," said Ambassador Fernando Valenzuela, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations. "In just a few months, this uniquely European celebration of the arts, a tremendous, concerted effort from many countries, both European Union and non-EU members, will take place in some of New York's most renowned cultural venues."

Seventeen prime cultural institutions, such as Lincoln Center, Danspace, Dance Theater Workshop, The World Music Institute, Joe’s Pub, City University of New York, Columbia University, New York University, The New School, and The New York Public Library will spotlight plays that mix hip hop and traditional puppetry, dance theater that uses new media to give the European classics a cutting-edge makeover, film series that explore burning youth issues, writers exchanges that reveal contrasts of urban life in New York and Europe, music traditions with new twists from Eastern Europe, and panel discussions that dig into the differences and intersections of cultural policies in Europe and the U.S.

The festival is supported by the European Union. A major grant from the EU Culture 2000 Program awarded to four New York based European cultural institutes, namely the Goethe-Institut, the Czech Center, Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the French Institute/Alliance Franšaise, is providing the initial support to launch the festival. Additional funding is anticipated from the private sector.

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