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For many Europeans, Central Asia is a blank spot on the map. Exceptions are those adventurous travelers who upon their return to Europe tell of breathtaking scenery, delicious food and hospitable inhabitants.
The Horizon2020 project SEnECA – “Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations” seeks to raise awareness of this region. We aim to bring Central Asia closer to Europe and to its citizens who have previously had little exposure to the region.
This is why the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) – as a consortium member of SEnECA – will organise a two-day free photo exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts “BOZAR” (Room: Rotunda Bertouille) in Brussels on 4 and 5 April 2019. It will show the beauty, culture and traditions of Central Asian countries portraying the daily lives of their inhabitants and stimulating a reflection on the differences and similarities between Europe and Central Asia.
The photos displayed have been selected by means of a transnational photo competition that gathered more than 300 pictures from professional and amateur photographers from all around the world. Six winners of the photo contest from Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been invited to Brussels to attend the opening of the photo exhibition.
The opening of the exhibition will take place on 4 April from 11:00 to 14:30 and will include two panel discussions. The first panel will discuss what the EU’s planned strategy on “Connecting Europe and Asia” means for Central Asia while the second panel will elaborate on what role education and culture can play in bringing European and Central Asian citizens closer together. The panel discussions will involve EU policy-makers such as Philippe van Amersfoort, Deputy Head of Central Asia Division of the European External Action Service, civil society representatives, researchers and other stakeholders from both the EU and Central Asia.
After the panel discussions, the participants will have the chance to look at the photo exhibition and engage in a debate together with the winners of the photo contest.
- 13:25 Panel discussions
- What does the EU’s planned strategy on “Connecting Europe and Asia” mean for Central Asia?
- What role do education and culture play in bringing European and Central Asian citizens closer together?
13:25 Award ceremony for winners of photo contest
A full draft agenda of the event can be accessed here.
If you would like to participate in the opening, please register here by 26 March 2019 at the latest.