European Awareness Days are a multiplier of initiatives and synergies in favor of European unity and active participation of European citizens in its development.
They involve heterogeneous targets in a variety of different events over a single day, with a major event that is suitable for attracting large audiences of all ages and usually celebrated in the host cities most prestigious and wealthy locations.
The main event program is also suitable for radio-television broadcasting.
The format of the "European Awareness Day" derives from the synergy between the music recital "Europe: what a Passion! The tale of a stormy love affair" an original work by Daniela Martinelli and Francesco Pigozzo performed live by Paolo Barillari and Davide Magnabosco - young and brilliant performers of the Italian music scene. The recital involves "emotionally" the public placing it on the side of the ideal of European unity overcaming in a boost the negative vision of Europe offered by the media and now widespread among citizens. The music recital introduces the second part of the event which provides data and scientific tools to understand "rationally" the need to complete the process of the European integration. This part of the event may be focused on several topics specifically related to Europe and be declined in various forms - guided discussion with the audience in the room, brilliant conference on a specific topic followed by debate, direct debate starting from the show contents and typically touching the main current issues regarding the EU and its future, TED Talk, round table with selected speakers (representatives of culture and politics) open to answer questions from the audience etc.
As a corollary to the main event, normally scheduled in the evening (for events targeting general public) or in the morning (for events targeting students and teachers), EADs can include a wide range of afternoon activities focused on specific beneficiaries and participants: teachers, civil society organizations, think tanks and academic partners, local administrators. These activities aim to activate synergies and good local and multi-level practices and become an effective multiplier of the results achieved with the main event.
Last European Awareness Days:
- GROSSETO: 13 april 2018 at Teatro Moderno, for the conclusive event of the project “EUNews – How Europe is described?”;
- MILAN: 20 february 2018 at Teatro degli Arcimboldi, for the conclusive event of the project "EUMAN – Arts and Humanities for an inclusive EU";
- STIRLING (Scotland): 13 - 14 june 2017 at the Stirling's Albert Halls;