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Thu, 09 May


St John's Smith Square

Europe Day Festival 2024

Join us in celebrating Europe Day and enjoy a vibrant programme showcasing European talent!

Europe Day Festival 2024
Europe Day Festival 2024

Time & Location

09 May 2024, 16:00 – 21:00

St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA, UK

About the event

The European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the UK, EUNIC London, embassies and civil society organisations, invite European citizens living in the UK and all Europeans at heart to celebrate this special day together as part of the European family.

Inspired by the Europe Day festivals in Brussels and Strasbourg we wanted to bring European partners and citizens living in the UK - the European family - together for a joint celebration!

European values such as peace, democracy and cultural unity in diversity will be at the centre of the event as every country will organise a stand showcasing traditional foods and drinks as well as cultural tourism materials (4 PM-6 PM). Within this framework, master chef Marlena Botezatu of Entice by Marlen will present elements of Romanian traditional gastronomy and wine industry to the audience. 

At 4:30 PM, vivid and passionate violinist Adriana Cristea and pianist Mina Beldimănescu will present a Romanian classical music programme entitled Romania With Love featuring works by Constantin Dimitrescu, Mircea Chiriac, Angheluș and Grigoraș Dinicu and Ciprian Porumbescu. 

Access to this joint celebration of our European family is free but, for security purposes, everyone needs to register to get tickets with their names on. Please book your free tickets HERE.

Adriana Cristea is a Romanian-British soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, violin teacher, arranger, recital director and content creator, Adriana Cristea is the producer of several recital programmes and digital projects. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she studied with Yossi Zivoni. Adriana has played solo concerts and recitals in the UK, Europe and Southwest Asia, in venues including Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Church Piccadilly in London, and the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. She has won the 1st prize, the special prize and the George Enescu medal at Remember Enescu International Violin Competition and is a laureate of Citta di Filadelfia, New Stars and Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competitions, among others. Adriana loves connecting with her audiences through her website and social media channels linked to her main page. 

Romanian pianist Mina Beldimanescu graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music &Drama where she studied with Diana Ketler, Ian Brown and Philip Jenkins respectively. Mina is a laureate of the International Piano Competition in Val Tidone, the International Piano Competition 'Evangelia Tjiarri', Larnaka and the Lilian Davies, Douglas Cameron and Harold Craxton Prizes in London. She performs regularly in halls such as St. James's Church Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Romanian Cultural Institutes in Budapest, Paris and London. Mina has toured extensively throughout England and Massachusetts as a member of various chamber ensembles.

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