Again this year, the Council of Europe is partner to the City of Strasbourg in celebrating Europe for the entire month of May.
Almost 50 events will be organised for the occasion, on several themes: going beyond borders, discovering European cultures, sharing common values, Franco-German friendship, democracy and European citizenship.
The novelty for this year is an instructional game on human rights and cultures of our member countries (‘Play the game with the 47 Council of Europe member countries’), enabling participants to test their knowledge and win gifts galore. A display in kit form concerning the rights in the European Convention on Human Rights is placed at the disposal of any interested schools.
The Council of Europe will run a number of stands during the month of May:
- 8- 9 May, Paris (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville) – Information stand and activities relating to the game.
- 9 May, Strasbourg (Place Kléber) – Participation in the European village with distribution of documentation and several activities organised in connection with the new game.
- 9 May, Venice - the Council of Europe’s office will organise an event with an information point and various activities for all (more information).
12-13 May – Strasbourg (Hall 20, Wacken) – Strasbourg Europe Road Races : stand for the distribution of information, race numbers and prizes, as well as a presence at the start line in front of the Palais de l’Europe.
The Alsace regional authority, in addition, is organising several events in the framework of “Europe Month in Alsace”, which will enable the Council of Europe to make itself known in schools especially.
Around 100 schoolchildren have taken part in a surprise "flashmob" dance to the hip-hop version of the European Anthem. The event, which was co-organised by the Council of Europe and the city of Strasbourg, was held to mark Europe Day (May 9). The first European hip-hop flashmob took place in Place Kléber, the central square in Strasbourg city centre, and was performed by pupils from the city's European school.