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Europe’s Birthday to be celebrated in Ankara

On Thursday 8 May, Ankara will host the Europe Fair and a concert by the European Jazz Orchestra, at Congresium.

The Europe Fair is full of surprises. EU member states will make presentations on their individual countries and will answer questions on any subject, from tourism to education. Turkey’s Ministries of the EU and Education, National Agency and EU-funded projects will present their work to the people of Ankara.

Visitors will also have the chance to taste some of the Member State’s original cuisine.

Three lucky couples will have a chance to win a trip to Europe during the Fair.

Also, 100 visitors will have the chance to win 50 TL gift cards usable at top bookstores.

There are also special events and gifts for the children of Ankara, including the books featuring cartoon character Lokum.

The EU Fair will take place at Congresium from 12.00 until 18.00.

After the Fair, Europe’s biggest Jazz Orchestra will perform.

The European Union Delegation to Turkey invites all Ankara music lovers to the European Jazz Orchestra concert right after the fair on Thursday, 8 May at 19:00.

The European Jazz Orchestra, the world’s largest international jazz orchestra, is made up of 23 artists from 13 EU member states. It will be conducted by Swedish conductor Ann-Sofi Söderqvist.

The Fair and the Concert are both free and open to everyone..


The Danish organisation Swinging Europe has toured every year, since 1998, with the European Jazz Orchestra. In 2005 the world-wide network of jazz producers from national public radio stations – organised under the name of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – joined the project. Each year, the EBU jazz producers select a new conductor, new composers and a new line-up of musicians who then meet for a three-week concert tour.

The ‘Swinging Europe’ project aims to emphasize the diversity of the European jazz heritage and to give these traditions a new life, bringing together the most talented European composers to do so. The orchestra commissions new musicians each year for a concert performance within and outside the EU. The project also aims to create exchange opportunities within the frame of further education and career development, and thereby looks to contribute to social integration and mutual understanding within Europe, using music as a dynamic element of interest especially for young people.