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European Film Festival Coming To Port Harcourt …Aims At Creating Positive Values

“The European film festival 2012 is being extended to Port Harcourt city. The festival is part of the events that marks the Europe Day celebration and is taking place for the fifth time in a row in Abuja. Films from across Europe are usually shown free of charge, targeted at a broad range of Nigerian society. Given the wide acclaim that this event has enjoyed in Abuja these past four years, we have decided this year to extend it also among other cities, Port Harcourt”.
According to him, “this year the participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Chech, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and Serbia.
Mr. Eymard, who as an ambassador of the French Embassy, has promoted many cultural activities among students of primary, secondary and universities, via educational and creative arts in Nigeria.
He further explained that the festival aims to showcase the diversity of European culture as well as a collective effort to promote European values in the most creative and accessible way for the benefit of all Nigerians. Each one of the participating countries will present at least one major, popular and recent picture, designed to showcase the extra ordinary diversity and creativity of the European film industry.
The festival for 2012 which commenced in Abuja has just been concluded and the proposal to extend this international cultural festival to Port Harcourt has been well received.
In another development, Mr. Emmanuel Eymard revealed he has been informed that Mr. Sam Dede, representative of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency (RSTDA), Alliance Française and Silverbird in Port Harcourt are already discussing the prospects.
“Furthermore, the Rivers State commissioner for culture and Tourism, Dr. Nabbs Imegwu, has been part of some preparatory meetings. Along with European film screenings Nigerian movies will also be presented and workshops about opportunities for Nollywood movies to be screened in Europe will be held also in Silverbird cinema on 22nd of June, 2012,” he added.
The event is scheduled to hold from June 20 to June 23, 2012 at the Silverbird cinema Port Harcourt, former Obi Wali Cultural Centre, Abonnema Wharf Road. The general public is therefore invited. ###
Angela Inyena Anietie

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