The Universitat de València, through the General Foundation, has joined to the celebration of Europe Day. It took place in the Palau de la Generalitat this Wednesday 9th May. In this context, the manager of the Foundation, Cristóbal Suria, has presented the European theatre project Erasmus+ Scene Network and they have represented three plays as precursor to Erasmus Scene European Festival, that holds the Cultural Centre La Nau from 21 to 25 May.
In his intervention, Cristóbal Suria has remember that “Valencia is one of the European cities with higher hosting of Erasmus students” and nowadays “it has become headquarters of the initiatives Erasmus Scene of Europe”.
The project Erasmus Scene was born almost a decade ago with the purpose of integrating Erasmus students that wanted to improve their language skills, interpretative and relational using the performing arts, and concretely the theatre, as a carrier and stimulator of the innovative attitude and its creativity.
Since then, the Universitat de València works in the growth and expansion of the project in other European cities through their universities. “That is why the Universitat suggests a project of exchange with other countries that has been materialised in Erasmus+ Scene Network. The main aim is the integration of different collective of the citizenship, focused on groups of refugees and migrants, through their participation in an initiative developed first for the Erasmus Students”, explained Suria.
The project Erasmus+ Scene Network is funded by the European Union and is composed of four members of three European countries: the General Foundation of the Universitat de València, leader of the initiative, the company of theatre CRIT and the universities of Marburg (Germany) and Padua (Italy). Through the Erasmus+ Scene Network has been created the first theatre university network for the exchange of cultural experiences realised by groups of Erasmus students, with local students, refugees and immigrants.
“The final staging of the project is the Erasmus Scene European Festival. It will be celebrated from 21 to 25 May in La Nau of the University and it include the premiere of theatre productions developing by different groups. More than 40 actors of 25 countries have participated. Moreover, it counted with conferences, workshops of dramatisation and meetings of training”, remembered.
Closing the event, Josep Valero, director of Erasmus Scene of the Universitat de València, has lead a performance as preview to the theatre representations that will be performed throughout the festival.
The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has chaired the act, with the minister of Hacienda and Economic Model, Vicent Soler and the delegate of Consell for the European Union, Joan Calabuig.