Month: June 2012

Pinterest Collection: Escape to the Black Sea

We are very excited to share another of our Pinterest collaborations, this time with the Varna Public Library in Bulgaria. The Pencho Slaveykov Public Library in Varna was founded in 1883 by the Varna Literary Society and has been a depository of the Bulgarian national literature since 1945. Their extensive postcard collections depicting Varna, the largest city […]

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Portugal: Francisco José Viegas

Article by Francisco José Viegas,  Secretary of State for Culture: The Lusiads, by Luis de Camões, is the Portugal’s great epic poem and the best known Portuguese literary work of the Renaissance, first printed in 1572. Modeled after the classic Greek epic poems, The Lusiads is structured in 10 chants that celebrate Portugal’s History and the […]

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Luxembourg: Octavie Modert

Article by Octavie Modert,  Minister for Culture: The digitisation and making available online through Europeana of a maximum of documents, artworks and other cultural objects held by European cultural institutions is a wonderful vehicle for the promotion of the cultural heritage and intellectual and artistic creation of the member states of the European Union. In […]

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The Championships: Wimbledon

The 2012 Wimbledon Championships open today at the All England Club in London. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world started in 1877 and is considered by many as the most prestigious. It is one of the major Grand Slams, the other three Majors being the Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Wimbledon […]

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Queen Elizabeth II: 60 Years on the Throne

This year is the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking sixty years as the Constitutional Monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britian and Northern Ireland,  together with 16 Commonwealth realms. Since her coronation in 1952 she has witnessed the ongoing transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations, representing fifty four independent member states. Queen Elizabeth II depicted on the […]

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Hack4Europe 2012: Preview of Prototypes

During 2012, and as part of the “Connecting Society to Culture Programme”, Europeana invited developers and designers to demonstrate the possibilities of using the Europeana API to develop marketable applications. The Hack4Europe-competition was launched by EU Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda for Europe Neelie Kroes on May 9. At hackathons in Warzaw, Riga […]

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Latvia: Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende

Arti­cle by Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Minister for Culture: Latvian Song and Dance Celebration Tradition  During the 19th century, the tradition of public song celebration festivals as a European cultural phenomenon was born and spread as a patriotic movement, throughout several European countries, including the Baltic region. The first overall public celebration of songs took place in Latvia […]

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Belgium: Joke Schauvliege

Article by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture: Jean Fouquet depicts the virgin Mary seated on a throne, as becomes the Queen of Heaven. His style is inspired by that of the Flemish Primitives and the painter brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It is assumed that Agnes Sorel, the mistress of king […]

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