Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the six months of Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council, which began on 1 July 2016 our country will play the role of “choreographer” and “dramaturg” of the European Union. Our job will be to maintain harmony and give direction, striving to unify the interests of all EU members. Professional choreographers and dramaturgs have taken on a similar responsibility for the duration of SLOV:motion – Days of Contemporary Slovak Dance and Theatre. This unique four-day event encompasses dance projects, art presentations, discussion panels, exhibitions and informal meetings, introducing the very best of Slovakia’s contemporary dance and theatre.
The fact that Slovakia has, for the first time in history, taken on the EU Council Presidency has enabled us to showcase first-rate projects and works of Slovak art and culture. For the European Union is much more than just a political or economic project. It is culture that serves as a universally accessible bridge between peoples across our continent without the need for words.
Naturally, the raison d’être of a country’s EU membership is to serve and benefit its citizens. That is why we are keen to involve the public in Slovakia’s EU Council presidency as well as in SLOV:motion. Lectures and play readings, untraditionally and somewhat provocatively entitled “The European Union Seen Through Drama. Ode or Farce?” aim to encourage creative discussion and awareness of our presidency in particular and of the EU in general. The plays presented will reflect on the period of Slovakia’s accession to and integration with the European Union.
The energy unleashed by SLOV:motion challenges us to get moving and involved, by providing ample space for exciting joint activities. I hope our programme will inspire you to meet this challenge.
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic